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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

Excellent kit

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Verified Buyer


Great figured wood. Super finish to start kit.
Lives up to Stewmac standards.

5.0

Great Violin Kit !

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Verified Buyer


This kit is perfect for the amateur wood worker. It has everything you need to make a great violin. The service is tops and their response is quick. The fingerboard was disfigured and they sent me a new one free and it came in two days. When you call for service you speak to a real person not a machine. The quality of the wood is top notch and the instruction booklet is very clear.
Thanks Stew Mac.

4.0

No real issues to speak of

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I bought this kit as an introduction to instrument building and plan to make them from scratch after this (a friend of mine convinced me to start with a kit). The only problems (really a minor inconveniences) is that the tail saddle was to small and there were slight alignment issues with the top and back. It also would be nice to have a bit more extra purfling, but that's mostly nitpicking. After some custom work and plate tuning, I ended up with something that rivals high-end instruments. If you do want to tune the plates, it will turn a good kit into something excellent.

4.0

fiddle review

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Verified Buyer


This kit arrived quickly and in good condition. I was disappointed that when I ordered it ;it did not come with a bow. I think that would have made it a better gift. I would have ordered one at the same time had I known this...

5.0

Amazing Purchase!

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Verified Buyer


Very quick delivery! Excellent product! Fun project for me and my 10 yr old son!

3.0

Good kit, poor quality control by Stewmac

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Verified Buyer


I have at this point built two Stewmac fiddle kits; both had issues out of the box. The instructions are just ok; some good experience in woodworking will get you through those issues. The first kit contained some pretty marginal back wood; cut correctly out of the blank (quartersawn) but very little overall flame and at least half the back had almost no flame at all. This does not show up until you complete the the fiddle and apply the finish. The spruce belly wood was also cut correctly but the dimensional width had not been cut wide enough to allow correct overhang on the sides; nearly zero in a couple of spots. Unless you are aware of the issue, this also will not be apparent until well into the project when you begin to glue the belly to the back. While the second kit did contain a beautifully flamed back, it had the same dimension issue on the belly wood overhang. These are all quality control issues that should have been caught in either the outgoing quality inspection at the OEM's factory or the Stewmac incoming quality/product acceptance procedures. Both fiddles when finished played very well, but both have unnecessary "uglies" due to these issues. I will probably build another fiddle from their kit, but this time I know what to look for in the quality when I open the box and will return the kit if these issues show up again.

5.0

Great introduction to Classical strung instruments

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Verified Buyer


This is a quick build project, requiring little skill and few tools to complete. The greater majority of the work has been completed for the builder, as the more daunting task of carving the plates, neck and scroll have been accomplished, saving the builder many many hours of building time and frustration.
With that being said, the builder will have light finishing work to complete, with attention to detail with scrapers in hand devoted to such areas as the neck and scroll.

The overall build process is relatively strait forward, this given the builder follows the course as set by the manual. All matters as with a traditional violin building are done so in stages, stages which can not be jumped or rushed. Should the builder follow the steps accordingly, and proceed with patience, the end manifestation will its self speak volumes which only a purposefully built instrument may do.

First steps:
Upon arrival of your instrument, open the package with care, removing each component and checking to be sure that all items are in fact accounted for. This phase of the building would be best conducted on an open and clean surface,as for instance a work bench or counter top.

Overall quality is pretty good, taking into consideration the cost and pre-construction. The instrument is crafted of traditional woodworking species, Maple and spruce, Maple back, a two peice in this case, sides, and the neck/scroll. The belly or top is of two peice spruce. The fittings however, are not of the traditional ebony Gabon, rather a handsome boxwood I believe them to be. Either way, they make for a nice deviation from the traditional way. Does this in anyway effect quality, I think not. Traditionally, Ebony was / is used solely based on density and strength. It polishes well without need of coatings and is pleasing to the eye. Though I do believe that the supplied materials will in fact withstand the rigors of time and use.

With all part layer out in Thier corresponding order as prescribed by the manual, systematically begin construction of the instrument.

I will say, that as a violin maker, I have the luxury of owning several special tools that make this build a bit easier. As for instance, body clamps used to join the plates to the body. Available are spool clamps and a six peice clamp. These clamps make for sensational glue joints. Any miniscule gaps unbeknownst to the eye, will translate into a buzz to the ear, as the plates vibrate under acoustic resonance. There are other tools that may aid a build as this, though are not truly nessaccary.
If you do not have access to violin making tools, follow the manual and the building will be most rewarding.

Reccomonend tools:
Violin spool clamps
Neck gauge.
1/2 in flat chisel for forming the mortise joining the neck
Small violin scrapers
Perfling knife to evacuate perfling chanel

5.0

Worth every penny!

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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