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Electric Instruments

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.

Electric Violin

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.

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Electric Viola

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.

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Electric Cello

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.

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Electric Bass

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.

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Acoustic-electric Guitar

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.

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Additional Resources

Carriage House Violins

Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument.

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Johnson String Project

A charitable foundation whose goal is to provide high-quality instruments to children who live in under-served communities and who are participating in El-Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts.

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JSI Blog

Information and helpful articles about the music and instruments we love.

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Helpful "how to" videos and useful information about JSI and the products and services we offer.

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