Welcome to Ithaca Stringed Instruments

ISI has been building exquisite violins, violas, cellos, mandolins and custom guitars for more than 30 years.

Instruments from ISI feature the finest tone woods, the highest quality fittings and hardware & the unique ISI Pickup System.Although amplified acoustic instruments are ISI’s specialty,our pure acoustic instruments are unsurpassed for tone & playability.

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Introducing the Redesigned ISI Pickup

In response to my customers, who loved the amplified sound of my standard pickup and who were asking for a system that had negligible effect on the instrument acoustically, I have redesigned the standard pickup to have a narrower foot width and a more solid structure .

Using high quality bridge blanks and well aged Bosnian bridge wood, the top portion is carefully mortised and firmly fixed into the base which houses the two sensors. This two-piece construction enables me to place the pickups exactly where I want in relation to the feet, giving the best response and most open tone while still holding up acoustically.

The ISI Pickup

Our Instruments

Instruments from ISI feature the finest tone woods, the highest quality fittings and hardware & the unique ISI Pickup System. Although amplified acoustic instruments are ISI’s specialty, our pure acoustic instruments are unsurpassed for tone & playability.

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Guitar

Guitar tops of aged, air dried spruce or cedar are coupled with backs and sides of maple, mahogany, koa, rosewood or walnut to fashion a handmade steel or nylon strung instrument.

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Mandolin

The ISI mandolin utilizes the same design principles and techniques as our bowed instruments. Available in all mandolin family scale lengths and 8 or 10 string configurations.

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Violin

From the beginning, ISI has been focused on developing an amplified sound that retains and projects all the subtlety and nuance for which the traditional violin is known.

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Custom

ISI offers custom options that make an instrument truly one of a kind. Peg head carving (on the bowed instruments), inlay, and decorative options are also available.

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What’s New at Ithaca Stringed Instruments

Recent projects, information and blog posts

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7-String Mezzo Violin

November 16th, 2016|Comments Off on 7-String Mezzo Violin

Some cleaning up to do, but today I close up the new 7 string Mezzo violin.

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12-Fret Parlor Guitar

November 30th, 2014|0 Comments

This 12 fret Parlor guitar Red Spruce top, Flamed mahogany back and sides, Flamed Cedro neck feather weight with an incredible clarity and depth of tone.

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6-String Violin (Familoa)

November 30th, 2014|0 Comments

This newest 6 string violin (famiola) built for a wonderfull musician in Santa Monica. big leaf maple back and sides.

Constructed on a redrawn form based on a Cremonese golden mean.

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7-String Mezzo Violin

February 8th, 2013|0 Comments

Recently completed 7 string Mezzo Violin. The second 7 string on this frame, a challange to build but it came out well I think.

Here is an excerpted quote from the customer after playing it a […]

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“I have been looking for years for a 5-string violin that sounds good acoustically and that sounds closest to a real violin when used with a pickup . This new 5-string made by Eric for me is exactly what I was looking for so many years, an instrument that sounds great in both contexts.”

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 Jean Luc Ponty

French virtuoso violinist and jazz composer

“I keep my ISI real handy, all the time.”

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David Torn

Guitarist, Producer

“When I got my first NV, a process began that allowed me to reach sounds I had been trying to express for years.”

Zack Brock

Violinist