"You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could that you didn't stop to think if you should."
That is the 2x4 electric violin in a nutshell. An affront to both 2x4s and violins alike, but not without its charm.
This project actually turned out better than I had expected - I'm fairly pleased with how it looks, feels, and plays. Is it the best violin I've ever played? Not by a long shot. But it was very fun to put this thing together from a piece of scrap lumber in my garage.
I'm so proud to be the Grand Prize Winner of the Instructables 2x4 contest! Thank you all who viewed and voted! I encourage anyone with the interest and the tools to try their hand at making an electric violin - it's surprisingly easy. I've also just listed it on etsy if anyone would like to purchase one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/266861772/electric-violin
To play it, you will also need a bow, which is beyond the scope of this instructable. You will also need an amplifier and a pre-amp (because the signal from the pickup is too weak for a normal amp), although if you play this violin in a quiet room you will still be able to hear it - just like an electric guitar without an amp.