Not a Bad Violin to start on
By: Bluesman Sammy Guy from NE Pa.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seems put together well. Quality is not exactly terrific. I have a Stagg upright bass which I paid almost $700 for, and that instrument is flawless. This is a low budget item and the quality of the workmanship is passable, certainly not on par with a hand made beauty, but not too bad.It will do what I want, that is, to be an entry level item. The case is well built, and I think this will suit me well for the time being. I am pleased with the purchase.
How has it stood up over time?
Only had a few days and I didn't break it yet, so time will tell.
Your general opinion of this product.
It is a low budget, entry level electric violin, with decent sound and feel for a beginner. The finish is rough and some of the glue was left dripping out of the joints, but overall, not bad for the money. Having an extensive musical background,(40 years on stage) I wanted to learn the violin, but did not want to spend a fortune on my first one. I am pleased with this, and actually can scratch out a few tunes on it after just a few days. This is a good instrument for someone who is just beginning the violin, but it can work for a seasoned player as well.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Controls are really nice. The sliders are placed in a good spot, out of the way but reachable. The headphone, mp3 and line out jack are in a nice place underneath, and the battery compartment is well placed.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I got some decent tones out of this. The controls let you make it really trebley, but if you cut back on the highs, the low end really sounds sweet. By the way, the strings suck. But good enough to start out. Sounds great played through a Behringer keyboard amp, as well as through a Fender Frontman with some distortion. I'm having fun with it.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Well, here's where I can criticize. The main body has a decent black finish. But they missed in a few spots on the scroll, and there is a definite demarcation line between the black finish and the natural finish on the neck. The glue is dripping out of some seems, and it seems like an amatuer spray paint job. Sort of like 8th grade wood shop class, but again, it is not $1000 violin.
How was the action out of the box?
I'm not really sure what a violin is supposed to feel like, so I guess the action is alright. I'm getting by with it as is. It is not adjustable, so you get what comes out of the box, but it seems OK.