This was my first electric instrument, and it was also made for my son. He was just starting high school, and not real excited about orchestra any more. I didn't want him to quit his music, so I thought maybe an electric violin and fiddle lessons might be just what he needed to stay interested. I started by designing a new mold and finding some real nice quilted maple. Because it was to be an electric violin, the top was made of maple also. It made it a little heavy but very nice to look at. All the fittings were made from purple heart like his acoustic fiddle. The pick up came from Zeta before they had a policy of putting them on their own instruments only.