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Realist RV-4Pe acoustic-electric violin, "Frantique" finish

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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.

Realist RV-4Pe acoustic-electric violin, "Frantique" finish

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The build quality on the RV-4Pe is excellent, and the instrument feels great to play and sounds awesome under the ear. The modeling on this violin is excellent; it's set up well and nearly as playable, and feels like home to the classically-trained player. For the RV-4Pe, the familiar volume knob in the treble "C" bout is paired with a second tone knob, a sweepable potentiometer that lets you shape the amount of treble or bass that goes out to your amplifier.

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 Realistâ„¢ 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.

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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