Nightingale Violins

One Maker. One Violin at a Time.


One Maker. One Violin at a Time.

Don't confuse these violins with the typical factory made ones. These are genuine hand carved works of art, made by an actual violin maker. As such, each violin has subtle differences; some purposed, some not. Different woods, of different densities, slight differences in thickness and profile, all contribute not only to unique physical characteristics, but also to unique tonal properties.

The beauty of wood.

I have always loved working with wood. It is one of the most versatile and useful renewable resources on this planet, not to mention it's intrinsic beauty. It has been my intent to let the beauty of the wood shine through as one of the prime features of each instrument. Originally all my instruments were finished with a satin clear coat. I have recently been experimenting with color wash and translucent color finishes. These are intended to be custom instruments, so feel free to let me know your preferences regarding wood species and finish.

Why buy a handmade electric?


Some electric violins attempt to retain traditional profiling, while others abandon it all together. My violins are a balance of traditional and modern design, retaining the profile of the lower bout as well as graceful arching. The pegbox retains some of the characteristics of a traditional violin, but the scroll has been dropped for a more modern look and to reduce weight.


Construction techniques and materials have a profound effect on sound, even in solid body instruments. Harder woods such as maple and cherry have a brighter tone, whereas softer woods like butternut will have a darker one. This allows you to choose a violin that will have tonal properties which suit your playing style and preference. Likely the profiling has an influence as well, and I am continuing to experiment in this area.


As indicated above, these violins are available in a variety of wood species. I am currently working with maple, black cherry, black walnut and butternut. Other species can be requested as a special order.

Also available in either four or five string models.


 Standard pickup for the C series is a single element piezo installed in the bridge. A dual element is available as an upgrade. It provides a greater signal output and improved tone.

C series violins feature passive electronics with an onboard volume and tone control.


5 String option

Optional dual element pickup



Due to the very thin body design, these violins must be used with a shoulder rest. Originally I designed the lower bout to accommodate a standard clip on shoulder rest. However, this proved to be problematic because the edge is horizontally curved. This has been remedied by designing a custom shoulder rest which attaches to the underside of the violin by means of a threaded insert. This design has proved to be much more stable and can be custom fitted if need be. As an added bonus, it is made from the same  wood as the rest of the violin which complements it's beauty.


The next generation of shoulder rests features a hook shape which wraps over the shoulder for added stability. The aluminum attachment clamp increases stability and provides greater adjustment possibilities. My boomerang shoulder rest (not pictured) provides even greater stability.



future innovations

I am always looking for new ways to improve my violins.

Some of the ideas I am currently pursuing are live electronics, and additional pickup options.

I am also looking into adding violas and cellos to my lineup.

Nightingale Violins

43Chestnut St. Johnstown, NY 12095   (518) 620-6111