ISI has been building exquisite violins, violas, cellos, mandolins and custom guitars for more than 40 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.

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 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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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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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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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.

What’s New at Ithaca Stringed Instruments

Recent projects, information and blog posts

“The Lady” 6-String Violin

April 1st, 2024|Comments Off on “The Lady” 6-String Violin

I have been building to commission for some time now and it is rare for me to have an instrument available for sale immediately. However, at this time, I do have a 6 stringed [...]

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.


“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.”


Jean Luc Ponty

French virtuoso violinist and jazz composer

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


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


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