(Audio on step 6)
This electric skeleton violin uses a piezoelectric pickup. The body and neck are solid maple and the darker wood is mahogany.
I eventually finished it in November of last year after a two year build. It could have probably been done a lot quicker but exams and school got in the way. The body is made from a solid piece of maple. It was cut out using a band saw and a scroll saw, (I went through a fair few scroll saw blades!). The body was then shaped using a variety of hand tools. I aimed to try to use as few power tools as possible. The neck, fingerboard and pegs are explained further on.
The main book I used to make this was the Fiddlemaker's Worksheets by William K. Robertson. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make a violin, be it acoustic or electric. It has all the dimensions needed, the techniques for getting the correct finish and much more. The basic plan for this one came from tracing around a friends violin, (a very simple way to get started!).
Update: I have recently done a basic model of this in CAD. It is dimensionally accurate and is available to be downloaded in the following location https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects/sk...