Welcome To Violectra trade mark Electric Violins, Birmingham, UK


Celebrating 27 years of Violectra custom instrument making

Violectra is a range of custom made, skeletal-frame, electric violins, violas, cellos, & vio-basses. They are designed and made by David Bruce Johnson, in Birmingham, UK  since 1992, and are made to customer order from the workshop at Moseley Violins.

Violectra combines a distinctive sound with an excellence in design and construction. Using a unique piezo bridge system, the sound is produced by directly sensing the interaction of string tension over the wooden frame.

With the advance of string technology, Violectra can offer players the choice between 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 string models. I am pleased to work with your instrument ideas and requirements. You are welcome to visit our shop, by appointment, to try out various Violectra models; including a 4, 5 & 6 string violin, a 5 string viola, and 4 string cello.

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Nigel Kennedy, 4 string, 5 string violin, 4 string cello, custom claret and blue pearlescent

it’s ****** incredible – man!” from HEROES AND VILLANS BAND TOUR, Europe 1993

“yeah, I mean, I have got these amazing violins made in Birmingham by David Bruce Johnson … great electric violins… first ones that don’t sound too plastic and trebly”

BBC R4 Front Row interview (09/10/07)

Kaitlyn Maria Filipinni: USA, 5 string; August 2012; http://kaitlynhova.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/violectra/

‘I bought my Violectra in November 1994 and it’s been my trusty companion on the road for over a thousands gigs since.
With a beautiful sound and an innovative timeless design, the Violectra is admired by all who play it and see it.’

Dave Swarbrick: 4 string violin, custom amber tint

“beautifully made – beautifully balanced” 1992

“I have used this violin up hill and down dale for nigh on ten years and my loss, for such it is, will surely be another’s gain. Whoever is lucky enough to acquire it is buying a monster instrument. I have spent whole nights just looking at it, and I mean complete nights through to the early hours. The balance will delight too. It feels as if it has no weight at all when its under the chin, it’s the easiest violin to play in the world and the most beautiful of all the electric violins i think. In its own way you could say its the Rolls Royce of electric violins.”