New construction of an electrically amplified string instrument

To construct a string instrument that is basically intended to produce an acoustic tone quality through electric amplification is not a simple story. Part of the basic problem is diverting the energy the bow produces when it sets the string in vibration. In 2001, a 5-stranded prototype was developed and given the name electric viola grande. The existing prototype has already changed the whole concept of how electrified string instruments can be constructed. The sound problems which occur in a traditional electric string instrument, have in principle been solved with a unique construction which preserves its dynamics, sound variations and tonal characteristics. The instrument has great potential to develop both string pedagogy and concert styles. It also puts Swedish innovation in the building of instruments on the global map.