Joel Zifkin playing a WARHORSE violin, accompanying Rufus Wainwright at the Montreal Jazz Festival. YouTube video here.
I’m Eric F. Keebler, an electro-luthier (a maker of electric stringed instruments). I’ve been making electric violins and violas for the past decade, and they can now be found on every continent except for Antarctica (if you know of any particularly talented penguins looking for a new instrument, be sure to let me know!). I got into this business to tackle the challenge of creating a pickup system that truly has an “acoustic” sound, that doesn’t require a preamp or EQ, and that can sound great when plugged straight into an average guitar amp. I’ve achieved that goal with my adjustable-timbre pickup system, which sounds great both “clean” and when run through effects processors.
For many years I’ve been making custom instruments to meet the needs of players around the globe (photos of some of my custom work from the last decade are posted here). Now I’ve designed a groundbreaking new type of electric violin, the WARHORSE, that combines my excellent pickup quality with a radical new body design (more information is available here).
The WARHORSE violins are now available, but there are more surprises to be revealed... stay tuned (you can subscribe to my Twitter feed using the big blue button to the left)!