In our Accessories 2024 supplement, the Dutch Gypsy Jazz violinist shares his go-to tech accessories

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Photo: Simon van Boxtel

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I was given a Zeta Strados electric violin (, the fingerboard of which was inlaid with a cool drawing of a running violinist that my daughter Lucy made. To give it the sound I wanted live, I have added the following pedals, which I put on a rack: MXR six band EQ ( for tweaking the basic sound. It takes out some frequencies I don’t like, but this also depends on the venue. Next is the Whammy foot pedal ( It adds harmonies in pre-composed melody parts and sometimes on improvised bits too. It sounds like two or three fiddles at the same time.


The Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, Zeta Strados electric violin and Lil’ RAT distortion pedal

Then the Lil’ RAT distortion unit (, which makes it sound really cool. Otherwise you may as well play a miked-up regular violin! Finally, the Hall of Fame 2 mini ( for reverb, which is needed for a non-acoustic instrument wherever you play – a no-brainer.

All of these pedals are powered by the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus ( My choices were inspired by tips from experienced electric players (mostly non-violinists) and also my own ears, by trying stuff out in a shop the old-fashioned way.

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