For many years Damon Barr has explored the Electric Violin as both an instrument and as an art form. Damon Barr Violin bodies are sculpted from two solid blocks of quarter sawn spruce and maple tone wood to form the VanderBarr Integrated Acoustic Body. Far from simply hollowing the instrument, the principles of plate graduation observed in traditional violin construction are applied to the whole body which is then fitted with a bass bar and sound post.

This unique approach to violin making combines traditional lutherial principles and modern technology with biomorphic sculpture to create instruments of extraordinary tonal and visual quality sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your audience.

Each Damon Barr Violin is an original work of modern art masterfully crafted, signed and numbered by Damon Barr using materials and standards of the highest quality certain to be played and appreciated for centuries to come.

VanderBarr Electrified Chin rests and Tailpieces featured on all Damon Barr Violins and a patented invention of Damon Barr, were developed in order to minimize the impact the electronics on the instruments and maximize their performance. By building the output jack and volume control into the fittings of the instrument all extra mass, pressure and vibrational interference are eliminated. They are also equipped with grounding points on the chin rest and the strings to eliminate background electrical noise. The volume control allows you to easily adjust or eliminate the output level during play, reduces bow noise and eliminates the excessive high frequencies produced by piezo transducers.

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