Finally, a 5 String Electric Violin on Thingiverse! There is also a 6 string option included if you like. There are also extra copies of all the same pieces with hidden conduits and hidden compartments should you choose to go a little crazy with your project.
This is currently a work in progress, as I haven't finished assembling mine yet. But since it's almost done and I need to take a break for a bit, I feel comfortable publishing it as I know there have been a number of requests.
If you're not familiar with 5 string violins they are just like 4 strings, but have an added lower C string making them like a violin and a viola in one. My wife happens to be a viola player, so I'm hoping to get her assistance fine tuning this one when I get around to wiring it up.
If you're looking for a nice way to display them, check out my Electric Violin Wall Hanger:
Oh and the parts are interchangeable with my other violins:
I appreciate all the feedback on my other designs and I really look forward to seeing what you do with this one my friends.
UPDATED: The tuning peg holes weren't quite right and flipped inconsistently, so I rebuilt all those pieces to be more consistent and clean.
Extra Optional Goodies
The reason this particular one has taken me some extra time is that I've been playing with a lot of magical Adafruit stuff at the same time, making wireless MIDI instruments and controllers, etc. All hail Lady Ada! When you're playing violin, your hands are pretty much occupied, but your movements aren't; which was made obvious to me when we took our girls to see Lindsey Stirling in concert. So my Eureka moment was when I connected that you can send MIDI control signals wirelessly via Bluetooth from things like tilt sensors and all kinds of other sensors to applications like Ableton Live. Get where I'm going with this?
OK, so in addition to ALL THE REGULAR PIECES for a 5 string and 6 string version of my violin, I have included versions of the same pieces with conduits and compartments for those of you who want to go really wild with this thing (or like me, plan to enhance it as time goes by). Of course, you need visual feedback too, so I've also included 8 separate conduits for LED strips, like AdaFruit NeoPixels or DotStar strips. There is even a hidden compartment behind the bridge for a bright light or other sensors. So please share whatever you end up doing, with me and the rest of the world to show your appreciation.
Sharing is Caring
Please do consider "tipping the designer" to encourage me to keep designing and sharing these instruments with the world. It does take a lot of effort and buying me a virtual beer is greatly appreciated. Otherwise, at least consider sharing your Makes on this post, with summaries or advice for everyone else on your settings and enhancement ideas, to help inspire and keep this great thing going. Whether you simply came up with a cool color, the perfect infill amount ...or figured out some crazy electronics twist to it.
Like my other violins, the parts for this one are interchangeable with my other ones (The Mina and The Annelise violins) to mix and match; and while the designs are straying, those connections still have their roots in Stepan Ignatovich's original ElViolin, which I think were masterful. All hail Stepan83!
Printed Parts - 8pcs your choice
Threaded Metal Rod M8 x 370mm
Violin Bridge - will need sanding like all bridges, but also flattening out of the feet
Violin Pickup and Preamp - for under bridge (easy to find on eBay or Amazon)
Guitar Tuners - 6pcs (3 left/3 right)
Shoulder Rest - Standard Type
Chin Rest Bracket - Standard Type
Violin Strings (5)
Screws and Nuts
M4 x 25mm socket cap - 9pcs
M4 x 15mm socket cap - 2pcs
M4 x 12mm socket cap - 2pcs
M4 x 50mm - 1pcs
M4 x 40mm - 2pcs
4/40 - 3/8" OR M3 x 8mm - 4pcs (for tuning pegs) matching WI's
M2 x 10mm - 4pcs (Note: often provided with violin pickup)
M4 - 16pcs
M3 Brass Wood Screw Inserts for the tuners - 5/6pcs (likely need to drill out a bit for a smooth fit, brass is soft and will break if it has much resistance in the plastic)