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FUSE Linzi Stoppard Gold Bridge Violins

FUSE Linzi Stoppard Gold Bridge Violins

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There are many types of electric violins but FUSE are loyal to what they consider to be the best in the business - Bridge violins. Specifically their exclusive GOLD PLATED Aquila 4 and 5 strings.
There are many types of electric violins but FUSE are loyal to what they consider to be the best in the business - Bridge violins. Specifically their exclusive GOLD PLATED Aquila 4 and 5 strings.

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Published by: JohnStanford on Mar 25, 2011
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LINZI STOPPARD 24 CARAT FUSE VIOLINSFUSE is virtuoso electric violinists Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee who teamed up in late2007 with one aim…to re-write the out of date stereo type that violins are just classicalinstruments. That is not to say classical music is not important to Linzi and Ben, far from it.It is the basic training that all violinist need whether classical or electric musicians. BothLinzi and Ben were classically trainedfrom the age of four and fiverespectively.Having started with Susuki method Linziand Ben mastered the classical violinand then in their late teens switchedafter been hooked by the excitementand versatility of the electric variation.The endless possibilities opened up aplethora of opportunities using effectsand EQ. Not only that it offered acompletely new dimension andinterpretation to pieces of music theygrew to love in the earlier years.There are many types of electric violinsbut FUSE are loyal to what theyconsider to be the best in the business -Bridge violins. Specifically their exclusive GOLD PLATED Aquila 4 and 5strings.So why Bridge for FUSE?The headstock is inspired by Stradivarius 1710 Viola da Gamba; the neck, with distinctiveBridge shield and through peg box, is carved from a single maple block. The ebonyfingerboard, nut and maple neck are professionally shaped and traditionally finished. Thebody is hollow, formed from a moulded kevlar and carbon-fibre composite. This give theviolin a high strength to weight ratio, immense durability and a natural resonance. A keyfeature which FUSE are particularly specific about is theuse of an encapsulated pickup system integrated intothe bridge, utilising all the advantages of a traditionalbridge and capturing the warmth of tone synonymouswith their acoustic counterparts. Notably Bridge doesnot supply the Bridge pickup system to any other manufacturer or makers which ensures the sound of aBridge violin is unique to just that. FUSE's Aquilas alsofeature convenient volume and tone tilt controls.Down at the business end the Bridge has a 1/4 inch jack socket which is carefullypositioned and angled to avoid drag and interference from the cable. Not by coincidence
 
 
the angle and proportions are also compatible with all common wireless solution - veryimportant for Linzi and Ben as FUSE's renown live performance could not be described asstatic, it is high impact, high energy, more akin to a pop guitar band.FUSE started with off the shelf Bridge violins but as their international profile sawed FUSEnurtured a closer relationship with the violin manufacturer and it wasn't long before FUSEcustomised variations started to appear on their live tours.One of the more coveted bespoke FUSE Bridge violins were their gold plated one-offs.Each violin had a redesigned kevlar body to off-set the added weight from the gold plating.Linzi says "my Bridge Four String Aquila is complimented wherever I play. I love the way itlooks, the full body is very cool. But the best part is the awesome sound it generates - it isricher and more colourful sounding than my previous violins, but still even in tone. It isresponsive yet very natural and acoustic sounding. This is in part due to the pre ampwhich gives it a beautiful amplified tone but I mostly put this down to the PiezoConfiguration of the pick ups which help give it that really true, clean and honest sound.Not forgetting it is beautiful and funky to look at, light and comfortable to play."
FUSE’s BespokeGold Plated Aquilas
FUSE’s eponymous breakthrough album was released in 2010 through Edel Records.The duo seize classic Rock tracks and put them through the FUSE wringer! The resultsare radical, innovative but loving reinterpretations for the electric violin. “FUSE” features14 incredible tracks including ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay, Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, the leadtrack by Andreas Johnson and a stunning blend of the mediaeval ‘O Fortuna’ fromCarmina Burana and Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’. All tracks have been reworked and reanimatedin the unique FUSE way. The duo have had to invent new ways to render melodies thatwere vocal on the original tracks. FUSE aim to prove that the electric violin can be asversatile as the electric guitar – a valedictory romp through “I Love Rock N Roll” seems toseal the deal!

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