The Difference Between a Plywood and Solid Wood Beginner Violin

A Plywood and Solid Wood Beginner Violin look exactly very similar, but are completely different. Plywood-made beginner violins are 'toy' violins. Here's why: plywood is not strong enough to withstand the tension of the strings, thus the violin usually breaks within six months.

Violins for beginners need to be made out of solid wood, since solid wood violins last longer and are easier to use. Solid wood (maple and spruce) is used to make violins from the beginner level to the concert level. An added benefit with solid wood violins is that the sound of solid wood violins becomes more beautiful as the violin becomes older.

Here's how to tell if you have a plywood-made violin or solid wood violin:
1) on solid wood violins, you will find wood grains on the front, sides and back of the instrument. Meanwhile, on plywood-made violins, the wood grains are more difficult to find.

2) plywood beginner violins are usually also made with plastic components such as on the pegs or fingerboard. So if you find plastic, don't buy.

Here is our beginner violin and intermediate violin:

Beginner Violin

Intermediate Violin