The Realist RV-4Pe has a rich, warm tone, with noticeably more color and complexity than either the RV-4e or the RV-4Se. "Unplugged", its tone is sweet, pure, and complex; that added nuance of its un-amplified sound gives the RV-4Pe a clear advantage over the other Realist models edge when it's plugged into an amplifier, as well. The RV-4Pe's amplified tone is among the best we've heard in an acoustic-electric. The built-in Realist™ pickup ensures a strong output signal that's well-balanced across the strings. It's also quite resistant to feedback, making it a good choice for performers playing in louder bands.
This particular instrument has the "Frantique" finish. It's a warm, reddish gold over the close-grained spruce top and tightly-flamed maple of the back and sides. The finishes on the RV-5Pes are more subtle and nuanced than the previous RV-4 Pro, and the wood selection is of a noticeably higher quality than the earlier RV-4Se mid-range European violins.
Price includes a nice hard shell oblong case.
(Model shown has Wittner Finetune -- photos of RV-4Pe without Wittners coming soon.)
The Realist RV-4Pe is an excellent choice for any player who wants the added flexibility of playing either amplified or acoustically, but demands an instrument of higher quality than most dedicated acoustic-electric offer. The RV-4Pe projects well and its acoustic tone has enough color and complexity to satisfy a more discerning ear.
Price includes an oblong hard shell case.
(photo is of the 5-string model; 4-string photos coming soon)
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Acoustic-electric Realist RV-4Pe works for me! Review by Mandy
I was looking for a good quality acoustic-electric to replace my current acoustic (modified with an LR Baggs bridge pickup system) so that I could eventually trade up to a better quality acoustic which I would then leave unmodified. I also currently have a full electric (Skyinbow). I play in a Celtic rock band, Full Kilt, and often need the flexibility of both plugging in or remaining unplugged. I have not had a gig yet, as I just received my Realist, but I did have practice and was able to play both acoustically and amplified. I have no complaints so far. The tone is rich and warm; when unplugged, there is no "tinny" sound that you often get with electrified instruments. It sounds like a decent quality acoustic. However, an acoustic-electric is not going to have the total capabilities of a true excellent quality acoustic, but for anyone who isn't a stage soloist, there is no reason to find fault with a good acoustic-electric like the Realist RV-4Pe. The members of my band are also impressed with the tone and how true-to-acoustic the violin is when amplified (it carries the natural overtones of any acoustic instrument, even when using a bit of reverb). Overall, I'm excited to play our first gig and amp it through the big set up/ PA. (Posted on 2/5/16)