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Bluegrass Shack Productions has one of the finest selections of fractional and full size violins and fiddles over the internet. All of our instruments come set up and ready to play, and there are sound clips of each one for you to listen to. We are currently in the process of photographing and recording our vintage fiddles, which number over 500 in all, so if you don't see what you are looking for, feel free to contact us. Most of our vintage fiddles start at $300.

We do carry new cases (starting at $50 with purchase of instrument) and bows (starting at $25 with purchase of instrument) and can get you a price quote upon request.

Bluegrass Shack Productions wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. If you are looking for a fiddle and you don't know what size to order, or if you aren't sure if you should buy new, used, or vintage, take a look at this information from the LearnBluegrass website.

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is, "What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?" There is no difference in the instrument at all. The setup of the instrument might be slightly different, such as a different brand of string or a different bridge curvature. Usually classical players refer to the instrument as a violin, and bluegrass, country and folk musicians will refer to it as a fiddle. Your purchase will work for any style of music!

If you save your receipt, you will also be able to trade in your fiddle for a different size (for children starting on a less than full size instrument) or for a more expensive one later on. We offer great trade-in values, many times giving you the full amount you paid for your instrument when it is returned to us in good condition with the original receipt.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $195
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Reference No. 3469

Perfect for the beginning player! It features ebony pegs with Parisian eye, ebony fingerboard, composite tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with very few dents, dings and scratches overall. Very little wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. There is a crease in one of the ribs from where it was originally bent. See Pic 1. This will not affect the stability or tone of the instrument. Top is wide-grained spruce, with maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as medium loud in volume with moderately bright tone quality. Pretty evenly matched across all strings and easy to play. Great for any style of music!

Includes used case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $195
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Reference No. 3891

Great looks and great tone! This one features fancy boxwood pegs, ebony fingerboard, Hill style boxwood tailpiece with four fine tuners, boxwood chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with very few dents, dings and scratches overall. Very little wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium to fine-grained spruce, with maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with moderately bright tone quality. Smooth playing and a good deal! Great for any style of music! Please Note: There is a reflection on the picture of the top of this instrument that makes it look like it is two different colors. It is not.

Includes used case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $230
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Reference No. 4007

This is a great sounding instrument, especially for the price! It features ebony pegs with Parisian eye, ebony fingerboard, composite tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with very few dents, dings and scratches overall. Very little wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium to fine-grained spruce, with maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with moderately deep tone quality. Nice depth and forgiving tone! Great for any style of music!

Includes used case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $350
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Reference No. 3814

Just in on trade! This is the perfect start instrument just waiting to come to your home! It features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition, with very few dents, dings and scratches overall. No wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is very fine to fine-grained spruce, with a lightly flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with an all-around moderate to warm tone quality. Great for any style of music.

Includes used case and bow.

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Used Romanian 4/4 Violin/Fiddle Outfit $399
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Reference No. 4113

Knilling Bucharest, Made in Romania. I don't know the age on this one, but I would guess 1970-1980. This instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is good. Original varnish is in poor condition, with crackling thoughout (heat related), and numerous dents, dings and scratches overall. There is moderate to heavy wear to the edges. There is a tiny, 1/8" wing crack on the treble f-hole, and two repaired wing cracks on the bass f-hole. I see no other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is fine-grained spruce, with a lightly flamed maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume with a full, well-rounded tone quality. Even across all strings. Very smooth and easy to play!! This one does not look that great cosmetically, but it plays and sounds great! Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk.

Includes used case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle $399
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Reference No. 3391

Kurt Wittelsbach, Made in West Germany, ca. 1987. This wonderful instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, plastic chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, with numerous dents, dings and scratches overall. There is moderate wear to the edges. There is a tiny, 1/8" tight saddle crack in the top over the block. No other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is very even, fine-grained spruce, with a nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck. The neck is slightly more narrow at the nut, so string spacing is better suited to smaller hands. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with a bright, clear tone quality. Great for bluegrass, Irish or folk.

Does not include case or bow.

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Used 4/4 5-String Violin/Fiddle Outfit $425
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Reference No. 2846

First time we've had a used 5-string for sale! This would make a great instrument for someone wanting to try this out but not wanting to spend a lot of money to do so! This nice instrument features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with five fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, with numerous dents, dings and scratches overall. There is virtually no wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Neck has been reset. Top is very even, fine-grained spruce, with a maple back, sides and neck. The neck is nice and wide at the nut, so string spacing is good for a 5-string. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with a slightly bright, clear tone quality. The C string is a little scratchy, but I think that would be greatly improved with a string with more tension. Great for any style of music! Great deal!

Includes used case and bow.

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Used 4/4 Violin/Fiddle $450
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Reference No. 3996

SOLD!Take a look at the stunning flamed maple! This beauty features ebony pegs, ebony fingerboard, ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners, ebony chinrest, and steel strings. Body length is 14", with an overall length of 23-3/8".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in very good condition, with some dents, dings and scratches overall. There is light to moderate wear to the edges. No cracks or repaired cracks. Top is wide-grained spruce, with a beautifully flamed maple back, sides and neck. The string spacing is close at the nut, so string spacing is better suited to smaller hands. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume with a moderately bright tone quality. I think this would be good for all styles of music!

Comes complete with used case & bow.

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Vintage Czech Violin/Fiddle $575
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Reference No. 727

Vintage Czech, ca. 1920, from the Schoenbach region. This instrument features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-3/8".

Overall condition is good. Original varnish is in good condition, though it does have a lot of chips, dents, dings and scratches. Moderate to heavy wear on the edges. There are two well-repaired cracks in the top, including a repaired saddle crack on the treble side that is about 3-1/2" long, and a repaired 2-1/2 crack to the left of the fingerboard. No other cracks or repaired cracks. One corner of the top on the bass side has been chipped and is missing. This will not affect the tone or playability of the instrument. Instrument is solid and ready to play! Nice flaming on the maple back! I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume. It has a bright, clear tone quality.

Does not include case or bow.

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Used Knilling Dvorak Violin/Fiddle Outfit $575
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Reference No. 4114

Made Czech Republic. Not sure about the age on this one, but at least 20 years old. This instrument features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and upgraded Helicore strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is good. Original varnish is in good condition, though it does have a lot of chips, dents, dings and scratches. Moderate to heavy wear on the edges. There are two well-repaired cracks in the top, both to the right of the fingerboard, and both approximately 3-1/2" in length. No other cracks or repaired cracks. Very nice arching on this one, and it has a great tone! Medium grain spruce top, and light flaming on the maple back, sides and neck. I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a full, slightly deep tone quality. Even across all strings, and great for all styles of music! This is one of my favorites in this price range! Completes complete with case (in rough condition) and nicer bow.

Includes used (rough) case and nicer bow.

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Vintage German Violin/Fiddle $650
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Reference No. 3381

Vintage German, ca. 1950's? Label inside reads: TON-KLAR, the David, made in Germany expressly for William Lewis & Son, Chicago, Illinois, No. 168 4/4. I love the beautiful, red varnish on this one! It features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition, but it has lots of dents, dings and scratches. Moderate wear on the edges. I don't see any cracks or repaired cracks. The number "21" has been engraved into the button. See Heel picture. Top is even, fine-grain spruce, and the back, sides and neck and nicely flamed maple. This one has a nice, thin neck, which can make it easier to play if you have shorter fingers! I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a bright and clear tone quality. Great for bluegrass!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage American Violin/Fiddle $1050
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Reference No. 778

Vintage American made instrument! Label reads Stradivarius Model Made By M.G. Littlefield. There is handwriting that says 1936. I don't know if that is original. This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition except for the back, which is in poor condition. I suspect the instrument got very hot either in an attic or car, and it melted the varnish causing the back to stick to the case. Even so, it still has its original varnish and other than looking bad, it is in decent condition. There are some creases in several of the ribs from where the wood was originally bent. See Pic 2. These are not cracks and are completely stable and original to the instrument. There is a slight gap where the ribs meet at the end seam, so I suspect this has been reglued. It also looks like the back seam has been reglued on the lower portion. I don't see any cracks or repaired cracks. "Ernest" is painted in script on one side. See Pic 2. Top is fine-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with a moderately warm all around tone quality. Even across all strings! Great for all styles of music! Great price for a nicely made, vintage American instrument!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage German Violin/Fiddle $1050
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Reference No. 4078

Vintage German, ca. 1930's? Inside label reads "The Challenger, Especially Made For, Lyon Band Instrument Co., Chicago Ill." Beautiful instrument in very nice condition! This one features fancy ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and upgraded Chromcor strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in good condition as well! It was purposely antiqued, and the flaming on this one was done with heat rather than naturally from the wood grain. Really beautifully done! Lots of dents, dings and scratches consistent with age. Light wear to the edges. One-piece maple back, with maple sides and neck, and medium to fine-grained spruce top. Check out the nice, one-piece maple back, and the unique mother of pearl inlaid pegs (see Pic 1). I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with an all around moderate tone quality -- not really bassy, but not bright or tinny either. I think this one would be great for all styles of music! You'll fall in love with this one!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage French JTL Violin/Fiddle $1050
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Reference No. 3432

Vintage JTL French, ca. 1920. Great deal on a French instrument! This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in very good condition with dents, dings and scratches overall. There is a 3-1/4" repaired crack in the top extending upwards from the treble f-hole. There is also a repaired 4-1/2" crack in the top under the chinrest that extends from the bottom edge to the bass f-hole. I see no other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is medium to wide-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are maple. Purfling is etched. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with a moderate all around tone quality. Even across all strings! Neck is slightly more narrow at the nut, making this more ideal for smaller fingers. Great for all styles of music! Great price!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage Martin Violin/Fiddle $1875
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Reference No. 16EA

Vintage Martin, ca. 1900-1920. Beautiful instrument in great condition! This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; ebony chinrest; and Dominant strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/8".

Overall condition is very good. Original varnish is in very good condition with dents, dings and scratches overall. Moderate wear to the edges. There is a well repaired crack in the rib near the endpin. See "End" picture. The top corners (bee stings) are all chipped. I don't see any other cracks or repaired cracks. Top is very even, super fine-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are nicely flamed maple. I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a clear tone quality. This would cut through any acoustic jam session very nicely! Great for bluegrass or Irish music!

Does not include case or bow.

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Vintage Lyon & Healy Violin/Fiddle $1875
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Reference No. 3467

Vintage Lyon & Healy, ca. 1919. Tag says "The Lyon & Healy, Student Violin, Chicago, AD 1919, Style 1025." Lyon & Healy was based in Chicago, but their violins were made in Germany and France. Based on the scroll shape, I think this is probably from France. Beautiful Maggini copy (double purfling but no extra turn in the scroll). This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; ebony tailpiece with four fine tuners; plastic chinrest; and steel strings. The body is 14-1/8", with an overall length of 23-1/2".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in very good condition with dents, dings and scratches overall. I see a very well repaired 2-1/2" crack in the top to the right of the tailpiece (see Pic 2), and a tiny pressure crack from bending one of the ribs when the instrument was originally made (see Pic 1). I don't see any other cracks or repaired cracks. Light wear to the edges. Top is very even, fine-grained spruce, and the back, sides and neck are lightly flamed maple. I would classify this one as loud in volume, with a full, deeper tone quality. This would be good for any style of music. It is both a beautiful looking and sounding instrument!

Does not include case or bow.

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2008 D. Albert Andrew Fein Violin/Fiddle Outfit $2050
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Reference No. 4115

This is an amazing instrument! Well known makers, and great tone quality and workmanship! Complete with case, bow and accessories! This one features ebony pegs; ebony fingerboard; composite tailpiece with four fine tuners; boxwood chinrest; and upgraded Helicore strings. The body is 14", with an overall length of 23-1/4".

Overall condition is excellent. Original varnish is in excellent condition with just a few dents, dings and scratches overall. Light wear to the edges. I see no cracks or repaired cracks. Lightly fluted f-holes! Top is fine-grained spruce, and it has a beautifully flamed one-piece maple back! Sides and neck are also maple. I would classify this one as medium loud to loud in volume, with a full, rich tone quality. Nice and even across all strings! This would be good for any style of music. Great price on this one as well!

Comes complete with nice, used case and bow, and a few accessories.

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For more information about any of these violins or if you are looking for something that is not listed here, please send an e-mail to BluegrassShack@aol.com.

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