Hey youse guys. Remember that the acoustic guitar and the banjo are not in their original form either and required experimentation to reach their present forms.
Why is it that folkies tend to be so conservative when many are accused of being "radicals"?
The violin can now be electrified and sounds pretty good going through a Barbera pickup.
It's a different instrument from the accoustic violin, though and should be treated as such.
For you rock'n'rollers check out Mark Wood Violins. You can Google him since I can't get the damn blue clickys to work.