Buying an electric viola is a great life decision. Electric violas are stylish, “cool,” and downright fun to play. Since electric violas are harder to find at local music shops and usually must be purchased online, we have consolidated a list below of the best electric violas.
Shopping for an electric viola is a very different experience than shopping for a regular viola. Whereas sound quality plays a huge role in buying a regular viola, it is not as important of a factor for electric violas because all of the sound travels through electric wires and is amplified anyway. So instead of just sound quality, we evaluated each electric viola on the following criteria.
We looked at a lot of different electric violas and narrowed our list to only the best electric violas by setting up relatively strict criteria to adhere to during the reviews.
Here is what we considered:
- How other users ranked the brand (Amazon reviews, etc)
- Brand reputation
- Options and features
- Price points
Even popular brands had to work hard to get our approval by providing great customer care and offering quality products.
We looked at how other users had reviewed the product to determine whether it was high quality. However, being able to look at what others users had to say did not really drive our final opinion about any one brand, but it did help us to know what to look for in an electric viola that was either critiqued or talked about in the positive.
Options and features were things that we considered when we whittled down our recommended brands. Obviously, we wanted to be able to give buyers the most bang for their buck.
We did not focus on features alone, we balanced the features with the price points and usability to give you the best value for your money.
One final note before we get to our recommended viola brands: Shopping online for electric violas is a relatively new phenomenon. We typically recommend going to a local music shop to try out violas before you shop online for the best deal, but since electric violas tend to only be sold online we recommend checking out Amazon’s return policy to make sure you’re comfortable purchasing online.
Why are there electric violins on this list?
One of the questions we get asked a lot is why are there electric violins on this list of the best electric violas. The reason is that since there is lower demand for electric violas, many manufacturers don’t manufacturer separate models of electric violas and violins. Instead, they expect customers to buy the electric violin and replace the strings with viola strings. Unfortunately, this means you might not be able to buy the same size viola as you normally would, but you’ll still get all of the benefits of an electric viola.
The Best Electric Violas
We list our favorite electric viola brands below, but they are not listed in any type of order. They are all equally good options and they all can easily meet your needs.
We did make comments about skill levels and price points to help you further narrow down the options based on your personal needs.