I could quite literally spend the rest of the day answering that question and i even shut down a bit thinking of all/how to answer that lol.
It's hard coded, I'm an artist/inventor/engineer/adventurer. What i would build wouldnt be a homemade violin, it would be functional art.
Why learn to play the violin when you can scroll over to youtube and listen to heifetz or hahn?
Perhaps this long article can offer some insight.
If anyone happens to have a badly damaged electric violin/cello that the electronics are in tact i could use it
Watch eBay. I picked up a "non-working" Cecilio for $50 complete with case and bow. The bow is pretty much junk, even though it had never been used.
I put new strings on it and a little repair to the battery connector, and it works perfect.
My main reason for buying it was to be able to practice without disturbing the wife (never good to disturb the wife!) since I hadn't played in over 20 years.
I can't say it is easier to play than the acoustic, but it is fun to play with effects through an amp.............When no one is home but me, that is!
I mainly play acoustic.
I am glad you posted this because I have been neglecting my electric violin. And in my opinion it seems easier to get a better sound because of the effects. I mean if the note is wrong .. .the note is wrong.. but the effects do help to even out bowing issues and scratchies. I keep forgetting my dedication to Electric Fridays.. where I get to splurge and play with my electric violin. I sure do love it.
I also am going to make and electric Cigar Box Guitar... and that will be fun to play with as well. I bought an electric pick up from China (fingers crossed) for about $8.50. I will let you know how it turns out..but yea.. it is for a CBG.
Good luck on your build. I hope to see pics.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato