Here are (many of) the artists who play our instruments - because they love them!
Violinist, composer, arranger, educator, clinician in the Los Angeles area.
Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer and educator; plays the London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin, as well as the Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele). darolanger.com
“...the tone from the London5's pickup was the best I've ever gotten out of any violin pickup.”
Berklee College of Music professor and world-touring violinist. jasonanick.com
"I have been on the hunt for a great acoustic/electric violin setup for years. After tirelessly trying just about every violin pick-up out there, I finally got my hands on a DuShane Deluxe 4-string and couldn't be happier! The violin itself is setup great and has a nice smooth and rich tone. The pickup is very natural sounding and barely needs any EQ adjustments (something that every other pickup I tried desperately needed!). This new axe will definitely be a part of my gig rotation anytime I need that extra volume boost without compromising tone and playability."
Boston singer-songwriter-violinist, Jake plays his Old No. 54 with octave tuning. stickshiftrecords.com
Jazz / electronica / breakbeat artist of the Netherlands.
Teacher of fiddle and violin.
Fiddler, vocalist, and music therapist; half of The Bakers - String Duo.
Twin Cities musician performing in a wide range of styles from classical, Celtic, bluegrass and old-time to rock and hot club jazz violin. .
“Just wanted you to know I used my London 5 string last night to accompany The James Sewell Ballet Company in a Valentine's Day Dance Show! I was able to play the Saint-Saens piece “The Swan" from the Carnival of the Animals in its original 'cello' register because of the 5 string!”
Fiddler with the Santa Cruz, CA bluegrass band, The Intangibillies.
Longtime student and musician of carnatic classical music, currently residing in Germany. mahathi1992.github.io
Fiddler, performs solo and with the Cane Creek Band for concerts, festivals, and dances.
Violinist, performer, and teacher. ernestbisong.com
Freelance musician out of Florida and Montana.
Violinist, teacher, studio musician, and recording engineer. Performs with the new acoustic chamber ensemble, Terracoustic.
Orchestra, guitar, and music technology teacher at Central Dauphin East High School, and an instructor of violin and viola at the Community Music Institute, Lebanon Valley College.
Fiddler, as well as Master in Bagpipes, and teacher. Compagnie Macke-Bornauw.
Fiddler with Aurora Celtic.
Fiddlin' Ray - performer, composer, educator.
Sam Bush Band. sambush.com
Music educator and freelance violinist performing traditional folk songs, jazz swing tunes, and original compositions, bridging the jazz and classical worlds with her acoustic string music.
Gypsy jazz influenced instrumentalist. DaisyCastroMusic.
Fiddler with France's premiere Celtic band, Doolin’.
Aka Gregg Shelton, fiddler with Best Day.
Professional violinist and singer-songwriter. crosbycofod.com
Currently playing fiddle and singing in a Scandinavian-bluegrass-contra band called Kaptain Bottletop. She also teaches violin and guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Folk, post-folk, indie-pop artist, and founder of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.
“My [London] 5 string is my primary instrument on the new album. Pretty exciting!”
Netherlands violinist and composer.
Fiddler with The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band.
Multi-instrumentalist, currently studying traditional music at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, and active in several bands including her own, Firegate 33.
Violinist/fiddler with the trio Sprig of That.
Briana Di Mara
A freelance musician performing in a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, country, Americana and bluegrass at numerous Tennessee & New England venues. johndonahoemusic.com
Fiddler, composer, and founder of the premier Cajun band, BeauSoleil.
Performer, teacher, and fiddler with the DL Cajun Trio, and the Moonlight Duo. Mary is also our DuShane violins' namesake! marydushane.com
Instructor of violin and viola at The Music Academy in Crossville, Tennessee.
Twin Cities musician; plays one of Gary's octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukuleles (the Bartig Octave Short Scale). Watch and listen to Benji on YouTube.
Florida musician playing the Dahlia5 in his band, Smokin Bo Frazer.
Musician, vocalist, songwriter and educator; plays fiddle and mandolin with Monroe Crossing.
Traditional Irish fiddle player from County Down, Northern Ireland.
“Hey guys, I've just got my Dahlia and I've been playing her for a full hour and I'm absolutely in love. I've played 5 string and 4 string violins that I've had to work hard at to get what I want out of them but Dahlia just does all the work for me. The tone is truly something to behold. The power and clear cutting projection is nothing like I've ever had the pleasure of working with before. As for the pickup, it's fantastic, I've played with pickups before but this is the best yet. Everything I was told about this violin was true. I love her so much. You guys are the best."
Fiddle player, vocalist, composer and conductor. Former fiddler with The Okee Dokee Brothers. gauntmusic.com
Founder of the Berklee College of Music String Department, and currently artistic director of the American Roots Music Program, Matt has played with a wide range of musicians, from Yo-Yo Ma to Bob Dylan to Ralph Stanley.
“Gary has the most extraordinary instruments! He has really put his finger on the needs of a community of musicians, and is offering wonderful instruments that have (justifiably) taken over the scene here at Berklee. Gary's instruments sound incredible, and they have these gorgeous pickups inside, so that the instruments can be played either acoustically or electrically, (or both! ) in a variety of settings. I have watched as many great students here at Berklee have realized the superiority of these instruments, and gotten one for themselves. This has been facilitated by the fact that these beautifully made, gorgeous looking, and wonderful sounding instruments are very reasonably priced, so that college students (not the richest people on earth!) are able to buy them. Bravo to Gary and Karen and their company, Acoustic Electric Strings, for their incredible instruments, and for providing such an important service to this amazing new generation of bowed string players.”
With the acoustic revival band, Cattail Moon.
Fiddler with the southern rock / alt country / bluegrass band, Buckshot Betty.
Electronica / rock / trip hop. Currently producing music with her bands, Fauntella Crow, and Songs for Pirates. Most recently performing with Dave Grohl’s "Sound City Players", Jessy also toured with Pink's world tour in 2009, and with the Foo Fighters in 2007 and 2008 (congrats on her performance and award appearance with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards!!!). jessygreenemusic.com
Fiddler with the Whiskey Jacks, playing original high desert swing, jazz and blues.
About his Dahlia5, Larry says: “I love it! The instrument has just the right medium tone (not too dark...not too bright) that I was looking for and the amplified sound is beautifully authentic.”
Musician and artist.
"I've been playing the Dahlia for a few days now and I really love everything about it. It has a nice deep, smooth and mellower sound, both very big yet very subtle/pretty as needed, very balanced, and yet can be pushed beyond all that a bit to cut through when needed. It is also very easy to play. It makes me have a big smile when I play it."
Professional touring improv violinist and music educator, currently on faculty at The New School. Alex Hargreaves.
Fiddler, vocalist and founder of the bluegrass band, Volume Five.
Fiddler with the traditional bluegrass and old time gospel group, The Hawf Family Stringband.
Of his new Dahlia 5-string, Dylan says “Have done several hours of picking at a festival, played an indoor gig, and outdoor and I love it in all aspects. Thanks for an excellent fiddle.”
Violin instructor, composer, arranger, music therapist. Jacob Head Music.
Freelance violinist playing classical, improv, rock violin, celtic and country music; as well as a music instructor in the Phoenix, AZ area. heidehille.com
Teacher & performer of classical and alternative styles in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
New Orleans fiddler with the duo Tanya and Dorise. tanyandorise.com
Multigenre violinist. sarahhubbardmusic.com
Orchestra director and music educator.
Colorado fiddler and teacher.
“Thanks for helping me find my new number 1!”
Primary strings teacher at the music school in Cap-Haitian, the most highly trained luthier in Haiti, and the sole orchestra teacher for hundreds of strings students in northern Haiti.
Classically trained fiddler now studying a wide variety of musical styles at Berklee College of Music, a member of Wrong is Right, and also performing with Jayme Stone’s Folklife.
Peter Lee Johnson
Fiddler and educator. amandakerrmusic.com
Violinist, fiddler, composer, improviser. Currently touring internationally with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band. jeremykittel.com
Musician, teacher, author. Founder of The Mark Kreitzer Band. markkreitzer.com
“My Dahlia5 has a full, rich tone and plenty of volume. The fifth string had always intrigued me, and now that I have one, I can't imagine going back.”
Former mandolinist with A Prairie Home Companion's house band and The Guys All Star Shoe Band, and currently mandolinist and fiddler with numerous bands including Lush Country, Pat Donohue and the Prairie All-Stars, and Two Girls & a Boyd. facebook
Fiddler with Wildwood Roots Band.
Soloist, chamber musician and educator. Sharan tours with The Gramercy Trio, teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and has served on the faculties of Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music.
Performing and teaching violin and viola in the Boulder, Colorado area. fb.com/macaryb
Currently performs with the traditional Celtic/folk band, Father Son and Friends.
Juan Carlos Martinez
Violinist, composer and arranger, and founding member of the Costa Rican Quinteto Libertango.
Fiddler, educator and bow-maker, performs gypsy jazz with the ensembles, Everything’s Jake, and Swing Papillon.
American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist, John now plays one of our DuShane Deluxe 4-string violins. folkmusic.com
“I’m having a ball with the fiddle!”
Playing fiddle with her dad and sister in their family band, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes.
Fiddler with the folky-tonk duo, Pushing Chain.
Guitar, fiddle, and banjo musician and educator. brucemolsky.com
“I've been enjoying my London fiddle a whole lot. You know I sing and play at the same time, and it's turned into a great instrument for that. I've been talking it up to folks at shows and my students at Berklee (a couple of them have shown up with your 5-string models in the last couple of months). Hope all's well with you...”
Jazz violinist performing acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance throughout California and abroad. diegomondragon.com
Solo UK violinist. iyannamonique.com
Berklee College of Music alumnus and violinist in the alternative violin scene. emilymooremusic.com
“I LOVE my instrument, by the way! As a freelance violinist here in LA, I play it on average 2-3 times a week plugged in and use it acoustically on the majority of my gigs and recording sessions.”
Violinist, composer, band leader. chrismurphymusic.com
Irish fiddler, session musician and recording engineer. Plays fiddle in the Irish traditional, English folk, and country & bluegrass circles, and is a member of Breaking Trad, The Roots Revival, Doolin’, and Cara Dillon’s band, among others. fb.com/pg/niallmurphymusic
Niall's review of the Dahlia5: “At first glance the Dahlia5 is a thing of beauty, it sits in your hand just perfectly, the neck is lovely to hold and string spacing is spot on. Acoustically this thing really sings, plenty of power and projection over all 5 strings, which most 5 strings lack. Plugged in, it is sublime. Loads of bottom end and sweet in the higher register - a fabulous pickup. I highly recommend this to anyone after a fiddle for jamming on stage, off stage or in the studio. Thanks Gary!”
Fiddler, composer, teacher. Betsy plays her AES London violin with numerous folk, bluegrass and Cajun bands, including Bayou Grenouille.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and audio engineer. Founding member of the Beo String Quartet.
Currently performing with Twin Cities bluegrass band King Wilkie's Dream.
Multi-instrumentalist playing several AES instruments including his DuShane and Dahlia5 violins. And, as Gary's friend, he offers frequent encouragement and support!
Americana, rock and folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, as well as producer/engineer, arranger and teacher. ejouellette.com
New England singer and multi-instrumentalist. zachovington.weebly.com
Musician extraordinaire! Teaches, and plays his London 5-String - among many other instruments - out of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Owen Pallett
Producer/string player out of Toronto. aaronparis.com
Violinist, songwriter, composer. Performs original music all around the Boston and Cambridge area with her band, Cat and the Moon, as well as the bluegrass band composed of Berklee College of Music members, Twisted Pine. kathleenparksmusic.com
Plays his London 4-String, among other instruments, out of Portland, OR.
“Your pickup system is the best we've come across.”
Five-string violinist, composer and founding member of the indie-gypsy chamber folk group, Taarka.
Has a YouTube channel called Violin Covers, where she often features her AES 4-string violin.
Director of Music at Broadbeach State School and Artistic Director of Gold Coast Choir, Queensland, Australia; plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin.
“You have made my year! It even sounds better than I thought it would.”
Catie Jo Pidel
Fiddler, currenlty playing original swissicana folk music with a bluegrass drive, in Caludo, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Itinerant string teacher, and fiddler with the Dave Matthews tribute band, Dancing Nancy.
Australian fiddler. fb.com/tony.pyrzakowski
Suzuki method violin and viola teacher. suzukimaven.com
Freelance fiddler currently based in Colorado, playing Americana, traditional bluegrass and classical music. rachelreichertmusic.jimdofree.com
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. russrentler.com
Music educator, and violist with The Bohemian Quartet.
VioDance, a duo formed by violinist Rebeca (Becky) and DJ Davor Jelacic out of Spain.
Jazz, swing, Irish, old-time fiddler and recording artist extraordinaire. Currently playing with Honky Tonk Jump, among many other gigs.
Vocalist and fiddle player, performing with the progressive bluegrass, jazz and Americana band, Hickory Robot.
Fiddler and audio engineer/producer, currently performing with Sheriff Scott & The Deputies.
Fiddler, and creator / producer of Mountain West Voices.
Hardanger fiddler, Oslo, Norway.
Fiddler in the Seattle, Washington area.
From Ramon: “Spent several hours with musician friends yesterday showing off my new London5. Did our own live test of the sounds both acoustic and plugged in and no one could tell the difference. AES London 5 and AER Compact 60 make an unbeatable combination. The warm sound I asked for could not have come through better. All present just loved it. Thank you both for your help over the last few weeks. This has been a marvelous experience.”
NYC fiddler performing with Paul Mills (aka Poez) and folk singer Peter Stampfel.
“Really liking the #54. Acoustically, it's great....fat, warm and powerful, just as advertised, and electrically without a preamp, it sounds excellent...lots of low end and sounds distinct and full in the upper registers. I wish I had one of these years ago. Thank you!”
Multi-instrumentalist out of Slovakia, and co-founder of Silband, merging folk acoustic instruments with a modern musical style.
Multi-instrumentalist performing solo and with the Chris Silver Band.
Nashville musician and Adjunct Senior Artist Teacher of Suzuki Violin at the Blair School of Music.
San Francisco Bay Area teacher and recording, touring, and performing artist. Lila Sklar.
Dan Smith (aka Dahlia Dan)
Orchestra director of Westlake Middle School, Lombard, Illinois.
“Having a wonderful time with my baby Dahlia. I play it almost every day, during orchestra classes at school and in the evening exploring the possibilities of this unique instrument.”
David Gerald Sutton
Minneapolis-based 5-string violinist, string arranger and composer. Founding member of the former Electric String Quartet; David plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin. davidgeraldsutton.com
Concert and wedding violinist, and violin educator. sfweddingviolinist.com
Violist, violinist, educator. victoriatriola.weebly.com
Our very first Skype customer, from the Friuli region of northeastern Italy. giuliovenier3.wixsite.com/ilmiosito
“Ciao dear Karen and Gary !
I am so happy !
I named my London 5 Minnie .... from Minneapolis .
Ok it's a joke coming from the instrument's provenance !
I am playing it everywhere !!!
I tested in concert the mic and jack ... and in another situation only the pickup ... one time with my effects also ....
Everything superb !!!!
Thank you so much again !!!!”
Modern-day cowboy, reknowned singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler and poet. popwagner.com
Old-time fiddle and banjo performer and instructor.
Violinist and composer, currently studying at Norges musikkhøgskole. fb.com/zosha.warpeha
Violin and viola teacher, violist, and chamber musiciance out of Portland, OR.
Boston based old-time fiddle player. sophiewellinton.com
Twin Cities singer-songwriter; plays a Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele), among his instruments.
Educator, and former director of the Young Fiddlers Association. Read Why Not Five? (PDF), Christine Whyatt's article on 5-string violins in the Winter 06/07 issue of String Notes, the journal of the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA).
“The Dahlia5 is a wonderful tool for improvising and for teaching. Purchasing a five-string instrument has renewed my interest in playing and has motivated me to explore new ideas and create new sounds.”
Violin / fiddle teacher in the Tucson, AZ area, playing in the band, 3 Penny Balladeers. eldridgefiddlelessons.wordpress.com
“I played my Dahlia5 for a pub gig last Friday and it sounded great through the PA system. Thank you so much for picking the perfect instrument for me and for answering all of my amplification questions! Thanks again for my dream fiddle!”
Fiddler with Trampled By Turtles.
Jazz violinist, improviser, educator. 5 String Swing.