Fender’s latest Custom Shop creation, the Violinmaster, is based on an original 1713 Stradivarius violin. If you’re unaware, Stradivari was an Italian luthier whose instruments easily fetch millions. The guitar is the creation of Fender Custom Shop Principal Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov.
Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov has been busy working on this unique Violinmaster guitar. Only 60 of them will be made worldwide, each priced at a whopping $30k each! The design is based on the famous Gibson-Huberman Stradivarius violin of 1713. It uses the same tonewoods the master Italian luthier, Antonio Stradivari, would have used, were he around today. Apart from the Italian “Stradivari” spruce body, the guitar boasts a Bosnian flame maple neck with an oval C profile, a 9.5″ radius ebony fretboard, and 22 medium jumbo frets.
The Violinmaster features a violin-style floating bridge with four interchangeable saddles: Bronze, Ocean Coral, Buffalo Horn, and Ebony. These come in a small violin case made from leftovers of the flame maple used on the guitar’s body. It also has black tuning machines with ebony buttons, a graphite nut, and a disc string-tree.
This beautiful hand-made instrument is inspired by and crafted in tribute to the famous “Gibson-Huberman” Stradivarius violin built by Antonio Stradivari in 1713 and now owned by Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell.
TV Jones & Piezo
The guitar comes with a pair of TV Jones Thunder’Blade humbuckers that are complemented with three passive piezo pickups. The controls consist of a pair of volume knobs (one for the piezo and one for the humbuckers), a tone control knob, and a three-way blade switch.
What is really interesting though, is the backstory of the original Stradivarius violin. You can read about it in detail from the link below. To summarise, it was stolen a couple of times, and at one stage, even disguised using boot polish!
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Fender Violinmaster Official Video