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Bridge Aquila Electric Violin, Glowing Embers

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Traditional Meets Contemporary

The Aquila from Bridge is the perfect balance of contemporary and traditional design. The lightweight and longlasting hollow body is crafted from a quality kevlar and carbon fibre composite. This provides an unrivalled strength to weight ratio. Thanks to the hollow body, the Aquila produces an open and natural tone without the use of delay or reverb. This is especially useful for musicians who prefer to practise without the use of headphones or amps.


Although a Stradivari 1701 Viola da Gamba inspired the headstock, the design of the Aquila has contemporary influences. Carved from a single block of maple, the neck, and pegbox combined with the distinctive shield have become the trademark of Bridge instruments. Thomastik Dominant strings are included with the Aquila as they have a versatile and clear tone. These synthetic strings are resistant to change from humidity which is essential for touring musicians. The high-quality ebony pegs are professionally fitted to give a smooth tuning action.


The professionally shaped fingerboard and nut are crafted from ebony - modern orchestral standards. Combined with a matching ebony endpin, Dresden style chinrest, and Wittner lightweight alloy tailpiece, the Aquila electric violin is very comfortable to play.


Feedback Resistant Electronics

Bridge have produced a uniquely designed bridge. Exclusive to Bridge instruments, the piezo crystal pickup on the bridge means it has properties of a traditional acoustic bridge without any feedback. For your convenience, the battery holder is neatly hidden on the underside of the instrument. Similar to other Bridge instruments the Aquila only requires a 3V coin cell battery to power the Bridge Active Circuitry. Not only does this keep the weight of the violin down, but it also provides approximately 3000 hours of playing, and only drains while the jack is connected.


Every Bridge instrument includes its own sophisticated bespoke active circuitry. This circuitry has been fine-tuned to each model's string configuration and designed to work flawlessly with the Bridge pickup system. By supplying power to drive radio packs and drive effects, the Aquila ensures you're ready to go in any live situation.


Intuitive Controls

To keep things simple, the Aquila electric violin uses an industry standard 1/4 inch jack. Thanks to the active circuitry, the jack system can automatically switch on and off as the jack is inserted or removed to save power. Careful attention has been given to the position and angle of the jack to avoid drag and interference from the cable. Bridge has also ensured that the proportions of the jack are compatible with common wireless solutions.


All electric Bridge instruments feature a volume and tone control which can be easily adjusted during a performance. To change the tonal range of the instrument, the Aquila uses a tilt control instead of a boost/cut control.


Everything You Need

The Aquila violin comes supplied with a black oblong canvas cover case and a black carbon fibre bow. The exterior of the case features a large music pocket to store all of your music and large accessories. The specially shaped interior will perfectly fit the Aquila violin, plus any small accessories. The inside of the case can store up to four bows.

About Bridge

Founded in 1995, Bridge is a market leading brand of electroacoustic bowed instruments. After witnessing the damage inflicted on acoustic instruments from badly fitted pickups, they decided to design a range of purpose made electric instruments. For years Bridge have gone to concerts and festivals to listen to players and their needs. This way they can make the best possible instruments within an affordable price range.


Over a period of about nine months Bridge developed and I road tested a number of different pick-up and electronic systems to arrive at the one I use today. From the start I was impressed that we were working with a resonant hollow body as opposed to the 'planks' that everyone else was using, this seemed to give a more responsive 'acoustic' sound making the instrument sound like a violin and not a synthesiser. We worked a lot on the frequency range and tone to give the 'bite' and 'attack' that I need to be heard above electric guitars and drums, yet retaining the mid-frequency power that can (with a few effects!) make one violin sound like a full string section. The end result is what I would call the first REAL electric violin on the market, professionally tested in recording and live performances. - Jon Sevink - The Levellers


Body & Bridge

  • Body: Kevlar and Carbon Fibre Composite
  • Bridge: Bridge Pickup System
  • Finish: Glowing Embers
  • Body Length: 358mm
  • Neck Stop: 130mm
  • Body Stop: 195mm

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony

Set Up

  • Nut Width: 24.5mm
  • String Spacing At Nut: 16.5mm
  • String Spacing At Bridge: 34.0mm
  • String Tuning: GDAE
  • Weight: 550g


  • Bridge Pickup: Piezo Configuration
  • Pre Amp: Active Surface Mount
  • Output: 100mV Nominal
  • Load Resistance: 10K Ohms Minimum
  • Battery: 1 x Lithium 3V CR2032
  • Battery: Approx 3000 Playing Hours


  • Tuning Pegs: Ebony
  • Tailpiece: Wittner Lightweight Alloy
  • Top Nut: Ebony
  • Chin Rest: Dresden
  • Strings: Thomastik Dominant
  • Included Accessories:Oblong Case and Carbon Fibre Bow

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