Here are (many of) the artists who play our instruments - because they love them!

Keven Aland

Violinist and a co-founder of the Hot Club of SRQ (Sarasota), as well as the Pleiades Ensemble, Lotus Fire and founder of Sampa Jazz.

Robert Anderson

Violinist, composer, arranger, educator, clinician in the Los Angeles area.

Darol Anger

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).

“...the tone from the London5's pickup was the best I've ever gotten out of any violin pickup.”

Jason Anick

Berklee College of Music professor and world-touring violinist.

"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."

Jake Armerding

Boston singer-songwriter-violinist, Jake plays his Old No. 54 with octave tuning.

Raphael Armin

Jazz / electronica / breakbeat artist of the Netherlands.

Alice Backer

Teacher of fiddle and violin.

Chris Becknell

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!”

Dave Bernard

Fiddler with the Santa Cruz, CA bluegrass band, The Intangibillies.

Colleen Bertsch

Folk violinist and a founding member of Orkestar Bez Ime, Colleen also regularly performs with the Ethnic Dance Theater and Szászka String Band.

Mahathi Bhargavapuri

Longtime student and musician of carnatic classical music, currently residing in Germany.

Danielle Bishop

Fiddler, performs solo and with the Cane Creek Band for concerts, festivals, and dances.

Ernest Bisong

Violinist, performer, and teacher.

Rex Blazer

Freelance musician out of Florida and Montana.

Ben Blechman

Violinist, teacher, studio musician, and recording engineer. Performs with the new acoustic chamber ensemble, Terracoustic.

Dalinda Bohr

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.

Birgit Bornauw

Fiddler, as well as Master in Bagpipes, and teacher. Compagnie Macke-Bornauw.

Mike Broderick

Fiddler with Aurora Celtic.

Ray Bruckman

Fiddlin' Ray - performer, composer, educator.

Sam Bush

Sam Bush Band.

Sue Buzzard

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.

Tomas Callister

Scottish fiddle player with Imar Band and Mec Lir.

Dylan Carlos

Fiddle player out of Ireland, 1/3 of the group Carols Sweeney McCartin. CarlosFiddle

"Clear, balanced and responsive, with huge depth and resonance, Gary's violins are some of the best available, my own Old No. 54 is a gem. It's absolutely incredible, everything I wanted and more, thanks so much!"

Jonathan Castillo

Belgian and rambling fiddler, ethnomusicologist, and video producer; performs in Duo dLC.

Daisy Castro

Gypsy jazz influenced instrumentalist. DaisyCastroMusic.

Guilhem Cavaillé

Fiddler with France's premiere Celtic band, Doolin’.

Bill Cheatem

Aka Gregg Shelton, fiddler with Best Day.

Eric Christopher

Bluegrass fiddle teacher and co-founder of The High 48s.

Michael Cleveland

12-Time IBMA "Fiddle Player of the Year", and founder of Flamekeeper.

Crosby Cofod

Professional violinist and singer-songwriter.

Christine Collister

Professional violinist and violist, currently performing with Munn Park Saints.

Carl Cook

Violin and viola teacher, and freelance violist and violinist performing in classical and traditional music ensembles. Carl R. Cook

Lee Corbie-Wells

Currently playing fiddle and singing in the Scandinavian-bluegrass-contra band called Kaptain Bottletop, and the folk rock band, Tempest. She also teaches violin and guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Laura Cortese

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!”

Eva Cottin

Netherlands violinist and composer.

Susan Cronick

Fiddler with The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band.

Samantha Cunningham

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.

Isabel Dammann

Violinist/fiddler with the trio Sprig of That.

Josh Dampier

Fiddler and teacher.

Zoë Darrow

Fiddler and step dancer.

Briana Di Mara

Eclectic Bay Area violinist.

John Donahoe

A freelance musician performing in a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, country, Americana and bluegrass at numerous Tennessee & New England venues.

Shawna Dose

Singer-songwriter-violinist, as well as the owner/founder of Bluebird Violin Studio, out of Cleveland, TN. Shawna Rae.

Michael Doucet

Fiddler, composer, and founder of the premier Cajun band, BeauSoleil.

Mary DuShane

Performer, teacher, and fiddler with the DL Cajun Trio, and the Moonlight Duo. Mary is also our DuShane violins' namesake!

Serena Eades

Owner/managing director at Serena Eades Academy of Music, and musician with Delhi 2 Dublin (featuring an electronic fusion of bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle).

Francis Elliott

Instructor of violin and viola at The Music Academy in Crossville, Tennessee.

Benji Flaming

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.

Bo Frazer

Florida musician playing the Dahlia5 in his band, Smokin Bo Frazer.

Lisa Fuglie

Musician, vocalist, songwriter and educator; plays fiddle and mandolin with Monroe Crossing.

Harry Furphy

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."

Bex Gaunt

Fiddle player, vocalist, composer and conductor. Former fiddler with The Okee Dokee Brothers.

Seth Gilliard

Contemporary violinist.

Matt Glaser

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.”

Barb Goodlet

With the acoustic revival band, Cattail Moon.

Jim Grady

Fiddler with the southern rock / alt country / bluegrass band, Buckshot Betty.

Cathy Towns Grady

Songwriter, vocalist, and fiddler with the Americana, roots & blues duo, Grady Miller.

Jessy Greene

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!!!).

Larry Gregerson

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.”

Joshua Grice

Plays fiddle with the Oly Mountain Boys, and "violin" with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.

Ed Grycel

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."

Alex Hargreaves

Professional touring improv violinist and music educator, currently on faculty at The New School.  Alex Hargreaves.

Glen Harrell

Fiddler, vocalist and founder of the bluegrass band, Volume Five.

Julia Hartman

Fiddler, performer. and founder of

Emily Haviland

Fiddler, vocalist, and music therapist;

Dylan Hawf

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.”

Jacob Head

Violin instructor, composer, arranger, music therapist. Jacob Head Music.

Molly Healey

Violinist/fiddle player, cellist, and singer-songwriter living in Springfield, MO. She heads The Molly Healey String Project, and plays violin for The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Lacewings, and Fair Trade. Molly Healey.

Billy Henry

Voice talent, professional touring musician, composer, and host of the daily radio show, StarDate, on NPR.

Heide Hille

Freelance violinist playing classical, improv, rock violin, celtic and country music; as well as a music instructor in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Josh Holcomb

Teacher & performer of classical and alternative styles in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tanya Huang

New Orleans fiddler with the duo Tanya and Dorise.

Sarah Hubbard

Multigenre violinist.

Michelle Hudson

Orchestra director and music educator.

Chuck Hugenberg

Colorado fiddler and teacher.

“Thanks for helping me find my new number 1!”


“I have been playing this model for a decade now and constantly hear from sound engineers that it’s the best sounding violin they’ve ever mixed. I love how it sounds both plugged in and acoustic.”

Tchoupy Hylaris

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.

Sumaia Jackson

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.

Dylan James

Mystic Wind

Peter Lee Johnson

Studio violinist and producer located in Los Angeles. PeterLeeJohnson and

Maria Jones

fiddler and step dancer.

Amanda Kerr

Fiddler and educator.

Miki Konomi

Violinist and instructor in Japan.

Jeremy Kittel

Violinist, fiddler, composer, improviser. Currently touring internationally with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band.

Alexey Kochetkov

Berlin based violinist, composer and music producer. Founder of the Arabic-Oriental music ensemble, Berlin Oriental Group, and - his current project - 5 Strings Theory.

Mark Kreitzer

Musician, teacher, author. Founder of The Mark Kreitzer Band.

“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.”

Richard Kriehn

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

Ryan Lappi

Fiddler with Wildwood Roots Band.

John Lardinois

Violinist, recording artist and educator. Currently performing with several bands, including the Celtic groups, Dulahan, and Father Son and Friends.

Bridget Law

Fiddler with TIERRO with Bridget Law, and a member of the former band, Elephant Revival.

Toby Leith

Fiddle player / violinist. Toby will be debuting his Dahlia five-string with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra and The Dave Sammarco Band.

Sharan Leventhal

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.

Brune Macary

Performing and teaching violin and viola in the Boulder, Colorado area.

Quentin Marsh

Currently performs with the traditional Celtic/folk band, Father Son and Friends.

Jackie Martin

Music educator.

Juan Carlos Martinez

Violinist, composer and arranger, and founding member of the Costa Rican Quinteto Libertango.

James Mason

Fiddler, educator and bow-maker, performs gypsy jazz with the ensembles, Everything’s Jake, and Swing Papillon.

John McCutcheon

American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist, John now plays one of our DuShane Deluxe 4-string violins.

“I’m having a ball with the fiddle!”

Lela Miatke

Playing fiddle with her dad and sister in their family band, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes.

Adam Moe

Fiddler with the folky-tonk duo, Pushing Chain.

Eric Mohring

Fiddle and mandolin player, performs with the Cajun band, The New Riverside Ramblers, as well as with Café Accordion Orchestra.

Bruce Molsky

Guitar, fiddle, and banjo musician and educator.

“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...”

Diego Mondragon

Jazz violinist performing acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance throughout California and abroad.

Iyanna Monique

Solo UK violinist.

Richard Moody

Canadian violinist / violist, and writer / performer with groups such as The Bills, The Wailin Jennys, and Woody Holler and his Orchestra.

Emily Moore

Berklee College of Music alumnus and violinist in the alternative violin scene.

“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.”

Tom Morley

Educator, violinist; currently playing his London 5-String with the progressive Celtic band, Mithril, and his duo - banna de dhá.

Adrian Mui

Irish fiddle player and teacher at The Academy of Irish Music in Chicago.

Chris Murphy

Violinist, composer, band leader.

Niall Murphy

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.

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!”

Seth Murzyn

Violist/violinist and music teacher based in Tucson, AZ.

Betsy Neil

Fiddler, composer, teacher. Betsy plays her AES London violin with numerous folk, bluegrass and Cajun bands, including Bayou Grenouille.

Sean Neukom

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and audio engineer. Founding member of the Beo String Quartet.

John Niemann

Currently performing with Twin Cities bluegrass band King Wilkie's Dream.

Tomoko Omura

Composer and jazz violinist.

Dominic Orrico

Multi-instrumentalist playing several AES instruments including his DuShane and Dahlia5 violins. And, as Gary's friend, he offers frequent encouragement and support!

Dixie Ortiz

Violinist and school orchestra teacher.

EJ Ouellette

Americana, rock and folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, as well as producer/engineer, arranger and teacher.

Zach Ovington

New England singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Duane Padilla

Musician extraordinaire! Teaches, and plays his London 5-String - among many other instruments - out of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Owen Pallett

Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Owen Pallett

Aaron Paris

Producer/string player out of Toronto.

Kathleen Parks

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.

Joe Patterson

Plays his London 4-String, among other instruments, out of Portland, OR.

“Your pickup system is the best we've come across.”

Enion Pelta-Tiller

Five-string violinist, composer and founding member of the indie-gypsy chamber folk group, Taarka.

Linda Peng

Has a YouTube channel called Violin Covers, where she often features her AES 4-string violin.

Meghan Perdue

Performer, recording musician, and teacher out of Nashville. Meghan Perdue.

“Purchasing my first London 5-string was one of the best decisions I ever made - it has taken both my passion for playing and my career as a musician to new heights! I have played it all over the world and never get tired of talking about how much I love it. Thank you, Gary and Karen!”

Anthony Phipps

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.

Gabe Plank

Irish fiddle player out of Reno.

James Plattes

Violinist, instructor and creator of the Violin-A-Gram.

Tom Pritchard

Itinerant string teacher, and fiddler with the Dave Matthews tribute band, Dancing Nancy.

Sam Proctor

Traditional session musician, recording engineer and producer, plays fiddle with CrossHarbour and Doolin'.

Tony Pyrzakowski

Australian fiddler.

Jillian Rae

Classically trained violinist, singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist session player.

Kevin Ray

Orchestra teacher and performer. Kevin Ray

Rhona Reagen

Suzuki method violin and viola teacher.

Rachel Reichert

Freelance fiddler currently based in Colorado, playing Americana, traditional bluegrass and classical music.

Russ Rentler

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

Nancy Richardson

Music educator, and violist with The Bohemian Quartet.

Brendan Rocha

Performing, and freelance live and session violinist and instructor out of Mumbai.

Rebeca Sanchez

VioDance, a duo formed by violinist Rebeca (Becky) and DJ Davor Jelacic out of Spain.

Annie Savage

Performing fiddler and teacher, founder of The Savage Hearts.

Tom Schaefer

Jazz, swing, Irish, old-time fiddler and recording artist extraordinaire. Currently playing with Honky Tonk Jump, among many other gigs.

Lauren Schloemer

Vocalist and fiddle player, performing with the progressive bluegrass, jazz and Americana band, Hickory Robot.

Preston Schmidt

Fiddler and audio engineer/producer, currently performing with Sheriff Scott & The Deputies.

Clay Scott

Fiddler, and creator / producer of Mountain West Voices.

Danny Seidenberg

Viola and violin performer, composer, arranger, and educator. Former violist of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Currently leads the Chicago based chamber jazz ensemble, UnBande. Danny Seidenberg.

Mary Seim

Hardanger fiddler, Oslo, Norway.

Ramon Selby

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.”

Rick Shields

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!”

Gabriel Silvay

Multi-instrumentalist out of Slovakia, and co-founder of Silband, merging folk acoustic instruments with a modern musical style.

Chris Silver

Multi-instrumentalist performing solo and with the Chris Silver Band.

Ana Simonovska-Mroz

Teacher and performer. Ana Simonovska-Mroz.

Tina Simpson

Nashville musician and Adjunct Senior Artist Teacher of Suzuki Violin at the Blair School of Music.

Lila Sklar

San Francisco Bay Area teacher and recording, touring, and performing artist. Lila Sklar.

Coleman Smith

Educator, and fiddler with Rapidgrass Quintet.

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.”

Tim Snider

Multi-instrumentalist, touring artist, and founder of Tim Snider & Wolfgang Timber.

AJ Srubas

Fiddler and instructor; currently playing with Minneapolis-based Steam Machine, and Hello Heartache, among several other bands.

Nancy Steinberger

Fiddler, composer and instructor at Swallow Hill Music.

Rosanna Stokes

New Morning Sky.

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.

Ilana Thomas

Concert and wedding violinist, and violin educator.

Rob Thomas

New York based jazz violinist/bassist & Berklee College of Music string professor.

Vicky Triola

Violist, violinist, educator.

Giulio Venier

Our very first Skype customer, from the Friuli region of northeastern Italy.

“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 !!!!”

Pop Wagner

Modern-day cowboy, reknowned singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler and poet.

John Wallace

Old-time fiddle and banjo performer and instructor.

Zosha Warpeha

Violinist and composer, currently studying at Norges musikkhøgskole.

Jeremy Waterman

Violin and viola teacher, violist, and chamber musiciance out of Portland, OR.

Sophie Wellington

Boston based old-time fiddle player.

John Whitehead

Twin Cities singer-songwriter; plays a Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele), among his instruments.

Christine Whyatt

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.”

Eldridge Wisely

Violin / fiddle teacher in the Tucson, AZ area, playing in the band, 3 Penny Balladeers.

“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!”

Caroline Copley Wood

Violinist and board-certified music therapist.

Ryan Young

Fiddler with Trampled By Turtles.

Steffen Zeichner

Jazz violinist, improviser, educator. 5 String Swing.