As beautiful as they are functional, Wes Lambe's electric violins represent a true value -- very few hand-crafted, U.S.-made instruments from a single maker are this affordable. Wes Lambe's innovative spirit and the quality of his work are well-known in the guitar world, so it should come as no surprise that his first forays into the electric violin world are as good as they are.
This gorgeous cobalt quilt Lambe electric violin (#175*) is carved from a single piece of maple, with a rich transparent blue finish that really showcases the quilt figure of the wood. The deep cutaway on the bass side reduces weight and lends a contemporary feel to the violin. From the back, the line from the upper bout through the cutaway and down to the lower bout exhibits an elegance of form and intentionality of design that reflect the mature aesthetic of an experienced luthier.
The back of the instrument is hollowed out to reduce weight, and left open. The simple elegance of the wiring and the quality of the maker's work are clearly on display.
All of Wes Lambe's electric violins are equipped with Knilling's Perfection® Planetary Pegs, which preserve the look and feel of traditional friction pegs, but are much easier to tune and more pitch-stable when the temperature or humidity change.
Wes designed his own bridge-based pickup system for his violins, which produces a warm, natural tone, well-balanced across the instrument's range.
Wes Lambe's instruments come with a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship.
The price of the instrument includes a dart-shaped hard shell case.
* Wes Lambe's serial numbers are sequential across all the instruments that he's made, so even 'though this is only the third electric violin he's made, the serial number is 175.