The Realist Acoustic-Electric 4-string Violin

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The Realist Violin - Pro VS Standard

The Realist Violin Review

A truly acoustic instrument that amplifies like an electric! The first high-quality acoustic violin with an integrated Realist pick-up™ and volume control.

  • a fully functional acoustic violin carved from fine woods
  • comes with an on-board Realist Transducer engineered to clearly amplify the subtleties of the violin’s acoustic sound
  • has a discreet volume knob to allow for on-stage control

A carved wood violin, The Realist Violin produces a sweet and rich sound and features a finely crafted, quality spruce top and elegantly molded maple ribs and back. The patented Realist technology that has made The Realist Transducer the world’s most respected pick-up for acoustic instruments is built in to the Realist Violin’s acoustic body.

The Realist Pro Edition Special Features

  • Passive tone knob for on-the-fly sound contouring
  • Improved bridge design and projection
  • Cleaner neck design
  • New top graduation and thicknessing
  • Richer, more resonant textured varnish
  • Features Frantique varnish

Thoughtful Design
The input jack is built in to the back, which is crafted to accommodate the added weight and material. In its position at the violin’s corner block and the back, the jack is easily accessed, and allows the patch cable to be dressed away out of sight and out of the player’s way. The player’s bow arm is free to move unimpeded and the instrument’s acoustic sound is unaffected. The Realist Violin’s volume control, integrated in the treble-side rib, is ingeniously camouflaged in the color of the violin’s varnish.

Unparalleled Amplified Sound Color and Texture
The built-in Realist Transducer delivers all of the natural luster of the instrument’s true sound. The violin retains its organic qualities when amplified or acoustic, so there’s no need for the player to adapt to it.

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I recently purchased

I recently purchased the RV5Pe and let me tell you it's worth the money that I paid for it. Although it doesn't come with a bow, I purchased one of the fiddlershop's carbon fiber bows and the two are perfect together. Oh and I need to mention it comes in a beautiful, ultra-durable case. I've tested it out both acoustically and amplified and it's just as good as they say. I'm not entirely too sure if the pro version has a better sound quality than this but if the standard version's already this good, then I'd definitely love to hear what the pro version is like. The sound is deep and well-rounded I absolutely love that C string), the instrument is very light and you forget that it has a built in pick up because of its clever design. The pickups don't seem to affect the weight of the instrument at all! And I say that only because I've run into quite a few that do. Also the pegs are brilliant! They don't stick, they're very easy to turn but they don't easily slip either. The only negative that I could think of would be the fact that I sometimes trip the E string when I'm playing on the A string but that's just me being petty. It'll just take some getting used to since it's my first time playing on a 5 string. Overall, it's a very good buy. The product was delivered to my doorstep within a few days of ordering and customer support was accommodating enough to answer all my questions. 5/5 for sure!


I bought one

I bought one of the 5-String Realist violins from fiddlerman a couple months ago. I love it. I play it almost 100% acoustic but have had some fun playing around with it amplified. Acoustically I think it sounds much nicer than my upper-end student violin. Its tone is more robust probably helped by the C string) and it is much more friendly when being played all the way up to the fingerboard or down to the bridge. It came with good quality Vision strings.

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