The Most Technically Advanced Carbon Fiber Violins in the World!

An Instant Classic

The first time you play our Carbon Fiber Violin you will immediately notice the tremendous power that it produces. Professional players tell us how balanced and easy they are to play. World travellers are no longer detained in airports having to show endangered wood credentials for their traditional violin. You can play in an igloo or arid desert without worry. We have even seen a carbon fiber violin being played under water. Carbon Fiber is light, strong and just plain beautiful.

We call our violin the Carbon Strad to honour the great Antonio Stradivarius who perfected the classic violin shape used by virtually every luthier today. Our carbon fiber violin is really a copy of the Stradivarius design, but instead of wood is made with a space age material called carbon fiber or graphite as it is sometimes referred to.

The Gayford Carbon Fiber Strad violin
The most technically advanced carbon fiber violin in the world.

Special Features of the Gayford Carbon Strad

The Finger Board

Our Finger boards are made with AeroSpace uni-directional pre- impregnated carbon fiber in such a way that they look and feel exactly like an Ebony finger board. Most players have not noticed a difference in feel or look to the carbon fiber finger boards, they have to be informed that there is a difference. These Carbon finger boards are much lighter than Ebony and much stronger. The “Nut” is also made of carbon fiber plate, which should never wear down as is the case with ebony nuts.

Wittner Violin Fine Tuning Pegs

The Wittner Fine Tune pegs retain the traditional hardwood appearance demanded by professional musicians while offering a unique internal gearing system that makes them a revelation to use. When fitted into the peg box, the shaft remains locked and stationary while the only parts that move are the button and the geared middle section of the shaft. Fine Tune pegs have an internal gear ratio of 8.5:1 for very precise tuning. The gear mechanism is also self-inhibiting, meaning that it cannot slip back once it is turned.

Wittner Ultra “Space Age” Composite Violin Tailpiece

Made in Germany. Precision made tailpiece with 4 integrated fine tuners. 'Space Age' Composite material combines lightness and strength. Benchmark tailpiece for all ball end strings. Light weight does not affect the tonal qualities of the Violin in the slightest.

Our “Mantaray” company logo mounted on the tail piece in front of the fine tuning adjusters is made from pure sterling silver with the jewellers lost wax method.

The Carbon Fiber Scroll

The most difficult aspect of copying the Strad violin was duplicating the scroll in Carbon Fiber. A proprietary method we have developed has allowed us to duplicate the scroll and still maintain a light weight by giving the scroll a hollow interior.

Helicore “Heavy Tension” Violin Strings

Helicore violin strings are crafted with a multi-stranded steel core, resulting in optimal playability while producing a clear, warm tone. The smaller string diameter provides quick bow response.

Guarneri Ebony Chinrest

Probably the world's most popular chinrest style is the Guarneri. Mounts centrally, with a large cup off to the side. Most players set their jaw over the tailpiece portion, using the ridge as an anchor for secure support.

Superieur Despiau France Bridges

We use only “Superieur Despiau France” bridges. These French bridges offer a bright clear tone. They are available in three different qualities of wood indicated by the number of trees stamped on the bridge. We use only the 3 tree rated quality blanks.

Schatten Pick up Mic and Volume control

Pick-up Mic

Schatten VVM pick-up comes stock on all our violins. Custom volume control model is standard with a 1/4" jack. The jack housing is a custom in house design keeping with our company’s “Mantaray” emblem.

I.D. Plate

Our internally mounted labels are made of extremely thin Titanium plate. Titanium is extremely light and is also a space age material like carbon fiber. All information is laser etched on to the label and as a personal touch, each of our violins have been given a personal name which is etched into the ID plate. This example is for “Bob”.

A precision built Carbon Fiber Violin