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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$199.95

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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.

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By John Rooke from South Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 29, 2010


I have now used the violin I made from your Fiddle Kit for three years. The tone seems to get better as the years go by. It also keeps in tune (apart from the odd tweak) û something my Havemann (1736) does not quite keep up to. Nor do some of the other violins I play and own.
The kit itself is fairly easy to build with the comprehensive instructions that accompany it. Building the æfiddleÆ also helped me understand other stringed instruments better. My greatest challenges were fitting the neck snugly and inserting the sound post û both of which take a lot of patience. Problems faced by all luthiers. I am (by the way) only an amateur.
To complement the instructions I did buy some extra tools from you and also bought some books on violin making. These helped along the way as there are many ways of making violins. They were not too expensive.
I took the liberty of replacing your provided chin rest, tail piece and pegs in ebony . I made the fingerboard much lighter (in weight) by gouging out most of the back of it. This makes the instrument less heavy and easier to support. I also purchased another set of strings from Germany.
For the price, and quality, your kit is outstanding. Mine is often the talking point of my family. It was (with other violins) passed around over fifty people at a recent event of my amateur radio club. After half and hour it was returned to me and, in perfect tune still, I played an excerpt from Massenet û Meditation from Thans. What more can I say? Except that your service is fast, efficient, friendly and second to none.

Lovely Kit

By John McCarthy from Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Years ago I saw a photo of a violin in a woodworking magazine which had been made by one of its readers. I never thought that I would be able to complete a project as intricate and precise as that. However your fiddle kit was a great challenge, and by following every step slowly and carefully, I ended up with a lovely instrument of which I am really proud. As you see I substituted ebony parts for the boxwood, but that's the beauty of a project like this - it can be personalised also. Sounds great too. many thanks.

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By Tim from Ormond Beach, Fl
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 20, 2010


This is my project #3 fiddle kit with abalone and mother of pearl inlay. The best part is the violin sounds great.

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