What's being said about the Guscott Quiet Electric
Stringed Instruments by Artists and Musicians.
"The Guscott carbon fibre 5 string is by far the best electric violin available today. Having tried many others, its a dream come true to find this instrument delivers all that's promised and more. With its lightweight design, you can play for hours without experiencing the usual fatigue. The sound is unlike any I've heard, pure, crisp and with the dynamics of an acoustic violin. The feel of the fingerboard is very comfortable; making playing and improvising easierwithout doubt; a masterstroke of electric violin making."
"The ability to 'play-a-long' and practise
with minimum disturbance is a great bonus to practising musicians
of all ages. As a string teacher, I often hear students complain
about the disruptive aspects of practising in a home setting, and
the frustration of requiring an accompanist for anything other than
solo studies or technical work. It is pleasing to see an Australian
product has considered these aspects in producing a versatile instrument
that caters for these kinds of problems."
"As the proud new owner of a Guscott
5 string electric violin, I can't give words to the new dimension
this beautiful instrument has brought to my stage performance. I've
fallen in love with this violin - and so has my audience. From the
rich resonance of the low 'c' string to the smooth warm tones of
the higher strings, the uniqueness of this instrument has opened
up a whole new world of creative exploration and expression. The
precision craftsmanship is second to none, so much so that after
just a few hours with this instrument, I felt like I'd been playing
it for years!!!
I can't recommend this violin highly enough to anyone who wants
to take their playing to a whole new level."
"Young string players, in particular
are drawn to the electric violin. Not only does it look good but
it also offers them a choice of sonorities, from the rich classical
tone of a classical violin to the more electric or even distorted
sound of an electric guitar. Another attractive feature is the headphone
input which allows the player to practise without disturbing those
nearby or plug into a backing tape/CD and hear the violin in stereo
through the headphones as if it is part of the recorded music ...
who needs an accompanist? Unlike other electric violins, the Guscott
Electric Violin retains many of the features of its more distant,
classical cousins. At the same time its special capabilities open
the way for the violin family to increasingly find a voice in the
less-traditional performance spaces of jazz, rock, folk and world
One of our very happy Sydney customers
The search for the ultimate electric sound can be a daunting one
for any self-respecting violinist. Not only are there a wide variety
of different axes on the market, but all sorts of acoustic based
alternatives can present themselves by way of bugs, mikes and transmitters
to tempt and confuse the most enthusiastic of spirits.
The choice to go pure electric can be motivated by a number of things.
For me, the limitations of an acoustic instrument wired up for whatever
were most apparent when seeking to groove over a wide variety of
styles using the sound effects found in the various pedals, FX units
and Pods on the market
.that, and trying to be heard over wailing
guys/gals, no disrespect intended!!
Access to a wide palette of sound possibilities also means adding
something unique to the language and scope of the violin. As a firm
believer that this is the way of the future for the instrument,
I needed an approach that wasnt compromised by the ever-present
underlying acoustic sound, beautiful and appropriate as this might
be in many contexts.
My wired up acoustic simply couldnt deal with a true reproduction
of effects over the whole fingerboard, especially on the high and
lonesome E-string, and the acoustic tone in the left ear made it
difficult to hear what was really happening via the sound system
when engaging effects.
I first played a Guscott electric violin at a mates place (Hi Marcus)
after spending a few months auditioning a range of other instruments.
My problems with these forerunners including lack of flexibility
to adjust fixed features such as chin rests and shoulder rests,
physical discomfort with the shape of instrument, problems with
bridge construction and most importantly sound that just didnt
do it. My first experience with a Guscott was played through a GT6
guitar effects unit and the strength and clarity of the effects
reproduction (from harmonist to Hendrix), plus the comfort, look
and playability of the instrument decided it for me then and there.
Since purchasing the 5 string Quiet Electric, I have also really
enjoyed the advantage of playing acoustically at any hour of the
day or night and remaining a source of non-disturbance for neighbours
and loved ones. The look is also something unique and makes for
appreciative comments from musicians and audience alike.