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Harley Benton HBV 990WH Electric Violin

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Electric Violin with Active Pickup System

  • Size: 4/4
  • Active pickup system
  • Headphone output
  • Jack output
  • Body: Basswood
  • Plastic frame
  • Fingerboard and tuning pegs: Birch
  • Colour: White
  • Includes case, shoulder rest, composite bow, rosin and 9V battery
Available since February 2015
Item number 351784
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Number of Strings 4
Fretboard Birch (Betula Albosinensis)
Body Material Maple
Pegs Birch
Chin rest Wooden
Neck Maple
Incl. Bag No
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Bow Yes
Incl. Shoulder Rest Yes
Incl. 4 Fine Tuners Yes
Size 4/4
Electronics Active
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The perfect entry into the world of electric violins

The Harley Benton HBV 990WH electric violin does not have an acoustically resonant body like a classical violin, but a solid centre block instead. This means that the instrument is primarily designed for electrically amplified playing, which is possible thanks to an active pickup system complete with a three-band EQ and various connection options. A circumferential black plastic frame provides the perfect grip when playing. Starting on the electric violin is as easy as can be with this instrument. In addition to the violin itself, the scope of delivery includes a case, a shoulder rest, a composite bow, rosin for coating the bow hair, and a 9V battery for powering the active pickup.

A perfectly designed instrument

The body of the Harley Benton HBV 990WH is made of basswood with a white finish, and the maple neck features a fingerboard made of tinted birch, which is also used for the tuning pegs. The tailpiece features a set of fine-tuners to facilitate precise tuning of the violin. The pickup unit is active (i.e. equipped with a preamp) and allows the volume to be controlled via a rotary knob on the underside of the instrument, while the three faders adjust the bass, middle, and treble frequencies as desired. The compartment for the 9V battery that powers the pickup system and the mount for the chin rest are also located on the underside. Two mini-jack sockets (3.5mm) are placed laterally so that headphones and an external sound source, such as an MP3 player, can be connected. These features are very useful when practising: For example, backing tracks can be listened to using headphones.

This one can be really loud!

Violinists from all manner of musical backgrounds will be delighted by the Harley Benton HBV 990WH, because this instrument comes with straightforward amplification that is also very flexible in terms of sound. With the piezo-based pickup system, feedback problems are hardly to be expected, even at higher volumes. The attractive price makes the Harley Benton HBV 990WH suitable not only for beginners, but also for advanced players who are looking for a flexible electric violin as a second instrument. Incidentally, many violin players use an electric violin alongside their acoustic one for practising at home - so the neighbours are not bombarded with piercing violin tones. In any case, the unamplified sound of the Harley Benton HBV 990WH is loud enough to be heard at a sufficient volume when playing alone.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

Sounds to suit any style

The Harley Benton HBV 990WH is the perfect all-in-one instrument to explore the wide and varied world of electric violins, and it comes at an exceptionally attractive price. Whether it's in a Jazz combo, a Bluesgrass group, or a Rock band: Wherever a clear and powerfully amplified violin sound is required, this electric violin hits the spot. Thanks to its active pickup system, the Harley Benton HBV 990WH is totally hassle-free when playing - just plug it into an acoustic amplifier or sound system, adjust the volume and timbre, and you're ready to go. Moreover, if you like experimental sounds, you will enjoy enhancing the violin's sound using effects devices. Whether pimped with distortion, echo or octaver, or simply played with an unadulterated, loud sound - this electric violin is real fun.

24 Customer ratings

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17 Reviews

Decent electric violin starter
Uros S 19.02.2020
I bought this for my daughter who plays violin as a second more fun instrument to play with. Instrument quality is quite decent, well painted and surely a looker and eye catcher. Unplugged sound is quite strong and even daughter's teacher said she is surprised over the sound. Plugged in sound is not really perfect, but for sure more than enough for upgrade some gigs you are dealing with. With a use of an EQ and while playing with some effects, you can get some really interesting sounds at the end. Considering what you get for 129€, is a real bargain for anyone, who wants to try the electric violin.


Overall, great budget electric violin
Anne Dorko 25.03.2019
The external parts of this violin are poor quality - I have replaced both the chin rest and shoulder rest. However, the violin itself is decently made and it produces a much nicer sound than I anticipated at this price point. It?s lightweight, easy to play, and I love this gorgeous instrument in black and white.


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Precio - Calidad:10/10
Fernando Bellido Pazos 03.11.2020
Lo primero, antes de comprar el violín, estaba en manos del típico violín barato chino (Que encima estaba mal construido).

Lo compre por la mera razón de poder practicar de manera "más silenciosa" que, con él acústico, esto sin duda lo ha conseguido. Aunque a falta de reviews/comentarios acerca de esto fue un poco lanzarme, pero sin duda ha valido la pena

** Pros
- Poder practicar en "tu mundo", sin molestar al resto, que a veces es necesario
- El arco que viene, me encanta, muy ligero en comparación con otros
- El diseño deja bocas abiertas, es simple pero bello en sí mismo
- Tanto la resina como la maleta están bastante bien

** Contras
- El apoya hombro que viene, me resulta incómodo a mí personalmente, no es como el usual de uno acústico, no es gran problema se puede soltar la mano izquierda sin ningún temor
- Al conectar un Jack 3.5 para tener un backing-track, se pierde mucho el sonido del violín por el auricular, pero ajustándolo un poco se puede sacar algo

** Posibles mejoras
- Ampliar el bolsillo de la maleta para las hojas,
- Mejorar el reposa hombros, para hacerlo mas cómodo
- A lo mejor incluir un Jack 6.5?

Muy Satisfecho, en general


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Mouf 20.05.2019
Bel objet, belle finition. Le blanc est un peu nacré / irisé.
J'ai immédiatement remplacé les cordes (j'ai d'ailleurs cassé le ré d'origine en l'accordant...). Je pensait devoir changer le chevalet mais il est très correct.
Le son gresille beaucoup sur un ampli et le cable jack fourni est de mauvaise qualité, ainsi que le casque.
L'archet est très correct mais un peu lourd. Le violon est moins lourd que ce que j'imaginait. C'est très correct pour un electrique.
Je trouve l’épaulière fournie inutilisable et préfère utiliser l’épaulière classique de mon violon acoustique. Elle tient assez bien dessus mais glisse un peu (il n'y a pas de rebords)
C'est très agréable de pouvoir jouer silencieusement pour s'entrainer. C'est aussi tres sympa de pouvoir utiliser des effets sur un ampli.
Je suis très contente de mon achat. Ce violon électrique ne remplace pas du tout un violon acoustique mais il complète très bien mon équipement!
Je ne le recommande pas non plus pour l'apprentissage pur car les sensations, le poids, le son, ne sont pas assez fidèle au violon classique et qu'il est en fait moins maniable et facile a jouer.