#1
I was just wondering if anyone knew what effects pedals i would need to make an electric guitar sound like a violin without putting the signal through a computer......

Many post-rock bands like GYBE and EitS use this sort of sound from time to time, would appreciate any help in finding this sound.........
#2
A butt load of chorus maybe. That would be my guess. Or some sort of synth pedal that simulates a violin.
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#3
you can get a violin sort of sound by turning the volume of your guitar off, then pick and gradually increase the guitars volme.
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#4
^Yes, what he said. Or you could use a volume pedal, and basically doing the same as above. With the pedal, it would be easier (you would have both hands free to fret/pick) but then of course theres the obvios price difference, £0 as opposed to £50+.
#5
a volume pedal like the people mentioned earlier
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#7
An interesting question.

Yes, to back that point up, if you had an expression pedal on anything that controlled volume. Then pick and allow the volume to return. But i can imagine this would mean you'd have gaps in the sound?

Could a combination of chorus and compression take away the abruptness of the picking sound does anyone think?

I think it would be a bit difficult to use a bow on a guitar, due to the strings being level...

Maybe an electro violin is in order?
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#8
Thanks for the responses......

Just read that the guy from Sigur Ros uses a cello bow on a les paul.....

Think he uses a tonne of reverb as well....
#9
Yeah, reverb is a good idea too.

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and a good floating bridge to add vibrato..
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#12
I play violin, volume doesn't work. violins dont make no sound then gradually get louder..

some playing styles might, but lol....
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#13
No seriously dude, violin bow is the best way I've tried. But if anyone knows how to make it sound like a sitar....
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What is an E-bow, excuse my noobyness. And forgive me for taking over the thread.
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#17
an E-bow is a device that you hold over your strings while it emits an electromagnetic wave to infinitely sustain your notes. for this application, an E-bow will accomplish much the same thing as a violin or cello bow across the guitar, except that you can single out individual notes.


try looking into the "Octo" setting on a Line 6 Verbzilla. it's a reverb with a harmonized decay adding a synth string sound to the reverb.
#18
hmm i think it's a good time to buy a verbzilla, you get a free module with it, but i don't think the modules match the quality of the actual effects even though they're suppose to be the same
#19
A volume pedal/ working the volume knob on the guitar. Also reverb and delay swell effects work pretty well.
#20
Yeah...just found out that Godspeed actually use a real violin, its not a guitar after all.....but other post-rock bands definately get a violin sound quality through their guitars....
#21
I use a bow to get violin sounds. Cello bows work better than violin bows, just buy a cheap one and put it through reverb, delay and chorus and you're away.
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#22
.....Cheers.

....also, read that some people use resin on the bow....would this **** up the guitar in anyway?.....i mean if its going to get on the strings and the pick ups.....
#23
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....also, read that some people use resin on the bow....would this **** up the guitar in anyway?.....i mean if its going to get on the strings and the pick ups.....

Rosin should be okay as long as you wipe it off after your done. If you leave it on it may damage the finish and it's sticky and annoying. (I play the cello so I know :p
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I'm guessing because they are meant to be used with thicker strings. Violin strings are really thin/small.
#26
there should also be a violin tuning you could use.
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I'm not sure, it's just something I've been told (by Guy Bannister from iLiKETRAiNS - I must say it's great when bands are happy to chat about gear at the bar after their gigs) but patalp's reasoning makes sense.

As for rosin, you kind of do need to use it or the bow doesn't really work... Just make sure you wipe it off your strings afterwards and you'll be alright.
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#28
Yoshima, you probably won't read this, but hey, anyone who is interested:
Boss used to manufacture a pedal (The SG-1) that used an adjustment of volume to ahieve a similar effect. People suggest using it after compression for best effect. They are hard to come by though as they stopped production of them in 1982. However, they integrated this effect into the GT-5 multi effects pedal which is still in production (This pedal features compression). I assume other manufactureres also made pedals which did this.
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#29
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there should also be a violin tuning you could use.


Just tune to fifths on all the strings, starting with a low C. This will give you a cello/viola tuning for the 4 low strings and then you have two other strings to noodle with. I broke a high e tuning this way though.
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#33
one thing that i find gives a violinish sound is a completly wet reverb. so basicly the sound is just the reverb with none of your original picked note sounding. so basicly you would need a reverb pedal with a mix knob set to 100% wet. combined with a slight volume swell from the knob or pedal and i think that you could get a nice violinish sound. wont sound exactly like a violin, but it would sound decent.
#34
i can get an almost dead on electric violin sound with an ebow and a volume pedal. And violins are tuned GDAE so you shouldnt have to alter the tuning of your guitar.
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Just tune to fifths on all the strings, starting with a low C. This will give you a cello/viola tuning for the 4 low strings and then you have two other strings to noodle with. I broke a high e tuning this way though.


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