I'm a professional violinist from Brazil and improv. teacher assistent at the University of Southern Mississippi. I've been looking for a good electric violin for a long time. The 5 strings NS violin just fitted perfectly to the styles of music that I play (jazz, fusion, rock, pop, funk). It's capable of getting different sounds for different styles, besides the pizzicato feature, which sounds pretty much like a fretless guitar. It's very well crafted and sounds great! It worth each cent I payed for it.