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IRIS Traditional Electro-Acoustic Violin

IRIS Traditional Electro-Acoustic Violin | HP120

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As a Crossover Violinist, You May Never Need Another Violin

The Iris Traditional Electro-Acoustic Violin, by HP Lutherie, is crafted in the time-honored tradition, starting with carefully selected aged spruce and maple, and with the proportions and features of a classic violin. The design is a departure from classical violins, with a unique shape and detailing, yet with a feel that is familiar. The tone is rich, mellow, and lush, and will be quite at home with classical as well as Bluegrass, Irish, and Scottish fiddling. When you need to plug in, the Iris Traditional Electro-Acoustic violin is ready to go: With a built-in electret microphone, electronics built into the chinrest, and a mini XLR jack, you need only to add an amplifier to be heard in a band, yet the sound remains natural and complex. Wittner Finetune pegs remove the worry from tuning under hot lights, so you can focus on your performance.


• Scale Length: 325 mm
• Top: Spruce
• Back: Maple
• Sides: Maple
• Fingerboard: Ebony
• Finish: Natural
• Electronics: Active
• Sound pickup: HP Microphone and Piezo
• Power supply: 12 volt battery

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

About This Brand

French Luthier Herve Prudent has been a bassist his entire career, immersed in a multitude of genres. Playing the bowed bass opened new vistas for him early in his career, which led him, 30 years ago, to create his own instruments. Since those early days, Herve has crafted instruments for scores of top-level artists. Constantly experimenting with electronics, combining piezo with magnetic pickups and augmenting with electret microphones, Herve has been driven to create the most natural possible sound. His vision of the amplification of acoustic and classical instruments led him to create pickup systems for entire orchestras. The artist Woodkid (Yoann Lemoine), notable film and video composer and producer, has utilized Herve’s systems extensively.

The HP Lutherie pickup system captures a very wide range of tonal colors, yet is very powerful. The dynamic range and bowing nuances of the acoustic playing style are also captured, which will be appreciated by the skilled acoustic artist. Noise is kept to a bare minimum due to the extremely high signal to noise ratio of the electronic system.

Today, in his workshop in France, Herve Prudent has created an entire collection of acoustic and electric violins, under the Iris banner. Crafted with a luthier’s deft touch, not manufactured on an assembly line, HP Lutherie instruments possess qualities that only unique, hand-made instruments can have. Proprietary and personal designs, careful craft, finely-tuned electronics, and perfect hand feel, will inspire the motivated artist to reach new musical frontiers.

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