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Fiddle Kit

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Fiddle Kit

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Take pride in making your own violin. Ease of assembly and an outstanding price make this one of our most popular kits.

You'll learn about instrument making, and have a lot of fun along the way! If you're a first-timer, this kit is a fine head start and a convenient alternative to building from scratch. Many guitarmakers tell us this kit gives them a fun break and a valuable learning experience, too.

All the parts to make a standard 4/4-size violin are included, for convenient one-step ordering. You won't need a fully equipped woodshop—hand tools will do, because the machine work has already been done for you. Complete easy-to-follow assembly instructions are included. Our fiddle kit is a fine head start for making your own violin.

When your Fiddle Kit arrives, the spruce top and curly maple back have been carved and sanded, and the back has been glued to the linings, blocks and curly maple ribs. Channels are already routed for easily installing the decorative purfling trim. The machine-shaped neck is ready for sanding and fitting to the instrument. Bass bar fitting, parts assembly, finishing and setup will complete a rewarding project. Sign your label with pride!

Also included:
Ebony fingerboard, nut and saddle, boxwood tailpiece with adjustable fastener, E-string adjuster, boxwood chinrest, endpin and tuning pegs, maple bridge, purflings, spruce bass bar, soundpost, and assembly instructions.

View our Fiddle kit instructions and our recommended tool list for building this kit.

Bow and strings sold separately.


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Fiddle Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Fiddle Kit, including a recommended tool list.

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5.0

Worth every penny!

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I've built a few fiddles from this kit and they sound and look great! It takes a bit of skill to complete for first timers, but with patience and experience, you can produce some really nice instruments for a very low cost. You can't be certain of what the wood will look like, but of 4 kits, I've received 3 beautiful ones and a decent one. No complaints, worth every penny!

5.0

Great Kit

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I am very happy with this build - challenging, yet rewarding. As others have said before, the customer service is just as good. My fiddle top arrived warped, but did not realize it until after the bass bar and purfling was installed and was ready to glue to the back. I contacted StewMac about the issue and they sent me a brand new fiddle top (and matching back), more purfling, and another bass bar wood strip after verifying with photos with their technician. If you have a full time life, expect to spend several months on the fiddle. I have some wood working experience and the build was challenging, but definitely doable. If you are a novice to these kinds of projects, it may be very difficult. My advice is to read, re-read, and re-read the instructions again before making any cuts. Take your time and don't rush. I also had to google and/or ask my luthier friend about some processes as the instructions are detailed, but not THAT detailed. The section that gave me the most difficulties was fitting the next into the body. But like I said, cut slow and steady and check often and you should be okay. I followed the instructions pretty much to a T, but the varnishing process I did completely different. I choose to 'antique' my fiddle, as I love the look. Once the fiddle was in the white, I simple did several coats of black tea stain, a gelatin sealer, clear coat varnish followed by three color oil varnish, burnished with 0000 steel wool and did two coats of Tried and True Wood Oil Finish. If you left the oil varnish as is, it is super glossy, almost plastic looking, so with the steel wool burnish and T&T Oil Finish, it produces a nice silky, matte finish. Be prepared also to spend approx another $100 on tools/supplies. The sound: Fantastic! Rich and powerful, I was actually very surprised. Great projection and surpasses my student violin by far. I'd highly recommended this kit! -Shawn

5.0

Absolutely excellent!

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This violin kit is a great product. Excellent materials, detailed instructions, overall quality at high level. The finishing I applied (resins-based and wax) simulates an antique violin. The sound is rich and powerful, the tuning is stable.
Last, but not the least, the customer care is superb. I hope to see in the future a viola kit.
Thank you Stewart-MacDonald!
Alessandro, Rome, Italy.

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