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Amping My Acoustic
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Byron Bay Australia

March 13, 2014 - 12:52 am
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I'm in the process of amping my acoustic violin and have just about got it sorted.

Working from the amp back the cable runs to a little thingy called an iRig (the little joey with the white writing hanging off the iPad). This interfaces with my iPad and and an app that gives me the use of virtual 'pedals'. The ones shown on the iPad are Reverb, Delay, and Six Band Graphic Equalizer. Many others are available through 'in app' purchases.

The iRig also plugs into the little box with the lights showing. This is a wireless receiver that receives a signal from the 'Guitar Bug' (the black thing on the side of the violin)  that is plugged into a K&K pickup on the bridge of the violin. (The guitar bug means no wire from the violin to fall over thumbs-up)


It will work through my iPhone as well as the iPad. The app is free one called Amptitube and only works with the iRig. 

The iRig is not expensive and is well worth having at under AU$10 but you do have to have an iPad or an iPhone.


As for some of the other stuff, they had a sale at Aldi rofl

Got the guitar bug, the iPad stand, a music stand, and a microphone stand for AU$160


It all can be used through the amp or connected to a computer for recording

All I gotta do now is learn to drive this contraption. :) Again, too many knobs blurry_drunk-2127


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King for a Day, Peasant for many

March 14, 2014 - 4:27 am
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PB170014-640x480.jpgImage EnlargerPB170025-640x480.jpgImage EnlargerPB170030-640x480.jpgImage EnlargerPB170016-640x480.jpgImage EnlargerPB170026-640x480.jpgImage EnlargerHere's how my acoustic to electric conversion turned out. Sounds incredible thru a Fender 25 watt amp! I also built a small pre-amp cable to go with it. Daniel and I worked together on that part.

The tiny strips under the bridge are the piezo pickups. Pretty cool stuff. Nothing got hurt in the process either.


"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

Michigan, USA

March 14, 2014 - 5:53 am
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@dennis. how did you attach it to the bout, velcro or screws ?

Fort Lauderdale
March 14, 2014 - 2:50 pm
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I love it!!!!

Where did you get the piezo strips?

For those who can afford it check out these female jack connectors:
Otherwise, if you want to (damage) your violin and drill a hold on the side you could use these female connectors along with a plate:

Jack plates:

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but the one who needs the least."

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