Stradivari, meet Elvari...

The Swedish Electric Violin

Handcrafted from spruce, maple and ebony by Sten Styrélius in Stockholm. Professional electric violin design based on Stradivarius 1713. There is a label in the scroll with signature, year and number for each instrument. We use an uncolored varnish that will darken over time.

2900 €

Made to order


A Violinist...

Elvari started out as a master project at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Jens Elfving developed a new type of electric violin and presented it to the Academy with a perfect score in 2012. The prototype were later sold to Aalborg University.

...and a Violin Maker

In 2013 Jens contacted violin maker Sten Styrélius in Stockholm. Sten presented his own electric violin with an unique pickup system, developed in cooperation with a jazz violinist in 1996-1997. The two concepts complemented each other perfectly, and so they decided to unite them in a brand new design. After several prototypes and countless revisions, their design were finally ready to meet Stradivari and the rest of the world...


The Tone Board

On an acoustic violin the frequencies are sent down to a top plate made from spruce. The top plate amplifies the frequencies together with the other parts of the violin body and sets the air in movement. An Elvari works in a similar fashion - the frequencies of the bridge are sent down to, and interacts with, a tone board made from fine alpine spruce wood. In the tone board, the microphone system picks up the frequencies and sends them off to the amplifier.

Elvari Violins

Be Heard

Forget all about feedback, unwanted noise, and attaching mic/cable to a fragile acoustic instrument.

Be Quiet

Play without disturbing anyone with professional playability. You can use your own shoulder- and chin rest.

Be Comfortable

The most light weight electric violin available. At only ~ 500 grams, it feels just like an acoustic violin.

Play Acoustic

The Tone Board, made from alpine tone wood, is the secret of the responsive and acoustic sound.

Play Electric

With feedback out of the equation you are free to explore the world of effect pedals and other music gear.

Play in Tune

More robust and not as sensitive for changes in climate and humidity as an acoustic violin.

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Why not acoustic violin + pickup?

The violin is a perfect acoustic design - not a perfect electric design. Attaching a pickup can turn any violin into a mediocre electro-acoustic with constant risk of feedback and unwanted noises. Many violinists are also hesitant to attach mics and cables to their fragile acoustic instruments.

Passive or active electronics?

The Elvari is passive. Active violins can interfere with the active electronics in wireless transmitters and needs heavy 9V batteries that you have to replace before every concert.

Where can I try it?

In Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Other cities are also possible. Use the form below to contact us.

Delivery time?

Around 6 months. Expected delivery time will be specified on your invoice.

Shipping cost?

Shipping is free, worldwide.

How do I order?

Click here to get to the order page. Fill in the form and we will send you a personal invoice.

Have another question?

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