With their unique tones, convenience, and ability to produce sound at any volume—from silent practice mode to the largest arena—electric instruments are an integral part of today’s musical landscape.
One of the first classical instruments to foray into the world of modern music, electric violins are used in jazz, country, rock, Latin, and many other genres. Several different types are available to the player.
Seen less often than their cousins, electric violas nonetheless produce a liquid sound that is as unusual as it is compelling. They, too, are extremely easy to transport, and offer a range of sonic tapestries.
Gaining more of a foothold in current music due to their rich resonant tones, electric cellos offer an engaging alternative to traditional instruments. In addition, like most electric instruments they travel well.
Adapted from the classical double bass (also called a “standup” or “upright” bass), these instruments can be worn on a strap or played in the traditional vertical orientation. As they are fretless, they can be bowed or played with fingers or pick.
From the standard acoustic style enhanced with added electronics to the semi-hollow body “jazz” style guitars, acoustic-electric guitars can be found in nearly every genre of music.