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.

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Fiddle Kit

Item # 5342
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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.

Product Instructions

Fiddle Kit Instructions

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

Ratings & Reviews

Fiddle Kit

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Great Kit for Novice or Experienced Luthiers

By Sirius Instruments from Elgin, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 05, 2012

If you are just starting out, this is a great kit to learn the ropes. You might seek other sources of information outside the provided manual, but even if you don't you'll get good results. I chose to French polish the violin with amber shellac which really made the book-matched curly maple back the focus.

For experienced luthiers, this could be a fast track to produce a good quality instrument at an affordable price. You can certainly separate the back plate from the sides and do some additional thinning after performing frequency analysis to tune the plates. There is still plenty of work to be done, but this would certainly save you some time and effort.

I would definitely recommend this kit. I had some minor issues with the first one shipped to me. I contacted customer service and explained the issue and they sent another one out. Completely satisfied and nice to know that there are some places that haven't outsourced their customer service overseas.

Hit or Miss

By Quintin from Georgetown, PEI
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 04, 2012

I'm not going to rant, rather warn. Check everything when it arrives.

Make sure things fit, that holes are drilled in the correct place, that the neck is not bowed or twisted. If I had double checked everything I would not have started working on it and would have happily returned it for another one (based on the all the rave reviews). My nice winter project has turned into months of doing it myself. On the up side... I learned a lot about making a violin by having to fix or remake kit parts that were substandard.
Did I mention... check everything before you start. If you're not happy, send it back.

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(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 17, 2011

This kit is a good value. Most of the hard work has been done, just finish it! Components appear to be of good quality.

my most recent discovery

By Al Taylor from Chicago
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 10, 2011

I have to rave about certain aspects of this kit, from the perspective of an amateur.

I made the discovery today that this fiddle holds a tune better than I could have possibly hoped. I didn't touch this instrument for over 6 weeks and I only needed to tweak the fine tuners slightly to get it into concert pitch. I was stunned. The tone of the instrument is very nice, though I'm not a fiddler so I can't compare, and quite loud.

I am not a trained woodworker in any sense, and I did not graduate the top and back, left them as-is. I see many reviewers took the time to do that, but if you're not comfortable with that task, you should know that it isn't required to get a good result.

Awesome kit, and awesome customer service

By mcoleman from Toronto, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011

I bought this kit recently, and was quite excited to open it up and check it out. The back is nicely flamed, and I'm really looking forward to putting it together.

I had one problem - the fingerboard was damaged. It has a weird stain on it, and it's pretty deep. I couldn't get it off, so I contacted customer service, and they're shipping me a new one free of charge.

I'm very happy with my purchase, and absolutely would buy this kit again.

Best for this price

By Alfonso Garcia-Oliva from Cantabria, Northern Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 10, 2011

You get everything you need to build a decent fiddle. The quality of the material could be improved a little (i.e.: no micro knots on the back or narrower veins on the belly), but overall, this is a good kit.

Instructions leaflet is clear and informative. Being a professional luthier since 1987, I'll have no trouble completing this kit.

The belly has eventually to be worked down at some spots to get a better acoustical response, but if you skip this fussy step, a good sound can be obtained anyway.

If you live in Europe (as I do) think about customs and taxes.

A decent kit with great potential

By Uncle Bob from San Ansemo, CA USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 10, 2011

Alright, first, let me say I bought this kit at a discount because it didn't have any instructions. Luckily, there are a number of these kits branded by various retailers and it was no problem to download acceptable instructions in a pdf format.

OK, so my kit didn't have marvelously flamed maple back like the photos in the catalog. But ugly wood can sound just as good as pretty wood. The wood doesn't know. The top is fine and looks good.

I assembled the violin using the instructions, for the most part, except for the neck joint, where I only cut the top block and ribs, rather than the much harder maple neck. I managed to get the correct neck angle. The nut required some careful attention, filing the slots. I bought a new bridge for $16 from a music shop/luthier. French. Nice. 3-stars. HARD maple. Sounds like *tink!* when you drop it on a table top.

But here is the most important part--you have to graduate the plates. They are way too thick. Luckily, there are graduation calipers available that make this job easier. I found the measurements for an actual Stradivarius violin plate thickness online. I duplicated those figures on this fiddle. This was, as it turns out, just the thing to do. The violin has very uninteresting appearing wood on the back, but the sound of the violin is GIANT. When you hear it, you really won't care what it looks like. It has the potential to sound that good.

I have done blind comparison tests with a German fiddle from the 1950s and a $1500 Cremona fiddle two years old. This one wins. But you have to be prepared to copy the strad dimensions into this fiddle. Good luck. Took me over a year (most of the time, it sat in a box under my workbench. If I had known how it was going to sound, I would have finished it in six weeks! Build one!!

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By I.F Guitars from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 23, 2010

I built this fiddle as a gift for someone. I was very unimpressed by the quality of the premade parts. Some of the smaller problems were a gouge from a chisel in the headstock which needed to be carved out, and there was a chip taken out of the back of the neck that needed to be carved out. Those were just minor issues though.

The big problem i had was the pre-assembled back and sides (after the top and neck were glued on) were not glued well and as a result the glue joint had failed and split along a quarter of the seam. So I ended up removing the back and re gluing it because I didn't trust the existing glue. The only thing that i believe was of good quality was the spruce top which has a very strait and tight grain. The instructions were okay but it would be helpful if they included some shop drawings or diagrams.

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By donnar56 from globe, AZ USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The overall kit is very good, i only have one complaint with the product the company who made this violin had broken the headstock and glued it back together. I didn't spot this until i had built the entire body. I think if a company is going to sell a quality product they should not be gluing broken parts together and selling them.

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By donnar56 from globe, AZ USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The kit is very complete. The only part which i believe could have been clarified more was the thickness of the top and bottom. As it comes they are too thick by several thousands. Unless this is corrected the fiddle will not sound as good as it could. Other than that is sounds great and is well worth the price, and is a great experience for someone who is new to building fiddle's

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