Proudly Serving Nashville & "The Old South" Since 2004

Violinmaking is not a dying art, but it is a rare one.  Luthiers who are fully trained, skilled, and experienced are artists who have spent years studying, analyzing, and practicing their craft to razor sharpness.  They shun the spotlight, instead focusing their energies into the artisanship required in producing instruments and bows themselves.

Williams Fine Violins opened in 2004 in our old location on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. We moved to our current location just a few blocks away in 2008.  We at Williams Fine Violins strive to serve customers who seek highly skilled, trained luthiers to work on their instruments and bows.  In addition to our luthiers, our wonderful and friendly sales staff is comprised of talented musicians and experienced teachers who are ready to help you with any instrument or accessory questions you may have.  We are a committed, full-service team of specialists that truly care about you and your musical goals.

Shop History


After spending four years in violin making school and another year apprenticing, Dustin Williams moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee. His original intention was to use his skills as a luthier and violin maker to build violins, violas, cellos, and double basses and live a quiet life.

However, local musicians soon learned that a graduate of the esteemed Violin Making School of America had moved to middle Tennessee and he was asked to start doing repairs in his home. Soon enough, the need for a larger brick-and-mortar store was evident. Dustin opened Williams Fine Violins & Luthier Studios, LLC in June 2004 in his first location at 1103 16th Avenue South in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row neighborhood.

With the help of his family and many other luthiers, the shop grew quickly. In four short years there was a need for a larger space. Williams Fine Violins moved over to its current location, with four floors of work space and show space, at 1218 17th Avenue South in June 2008.

The past fourteen years have seen remarkable growth as Williams Fine Violins has become the “go to” place for musicians from all over Middle Tennessee and the “Old South.” In the fall of 2018, Williams Fine Violins will move into a new building, on Donelson Pike, with over 7,000 square feet of work space, show space, six private lesson rooms, and a small recital hall.

Rentals

Services



As the largest full-service luthier shop in the region, Williams Fine Violins strives to offer everything you may need.
Repairs
Instrument repair work is often compared to the work of a medical doctor. The ethics of instrument and bow repair is this: Do no harm. Here at Williams Fine Violins, we work quickly and with the utmost skill. We know that time can be of the essence with repairs, and that's why we're trusted by the professional players in Music City.
Bow Work
Bowmaker Sarah Bystrom does incredibly skilled bow repairs. Services include rehairs, grip replacement, screw + eyelet work, and more!
Lessons
Our teachers are working musicians in Nashville, TN at the top of their game in Music City. Instruction is available for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students of all ages will find the right match.

Bass Repairs



A certified ISB "Friend of the Bass," Dustin Williams has an intimate relationship with the instrument. He holds a degree in bass performance and has his Masters in Music Education from West Texas A&M University.

Dustin is a graduate of the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Peter Paul Prier, Charles Wolf, and Boris deGranda.  With an intensive four-year program, the VMS of A is the Alma Mater of many of today’s finest violin makers and restorers working in top ateliers and high-end violin shops throughout the world.

With sponsorship from the Gary Karr Double Bass Foundation, Dustin spent nine months studying the concepts and ideas of double bass maker James Ham in Victoria, B.C., Canada before moving to Tennessee.

Dustin also founded and serves as the chairman of the Luthier's Competition for the International Society Of Bassists, and takes great pride in his work. Williams Fine Violins is the most established location for bass work in the southeast US.

Staff

Any time you stop by the shop you'll meet one of these friendly faces!
Dustin Williams
Dustin Williams

Owner & Luthier

Dustin is from Abilene, Texas. He earned his BM and MA in music education before graduating from the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, UT. He moved to Nashville and founded Williams Fine Violins in 2004.

    Sarah Bystrom
    Sarah Bystrom

    Luthier & Bow Maker

    A graduate from MN State College Southeast Techn in Red Wing, MN, Sarah specialized in violin and bow repair. She works as the bow specialist at Williams Fine Violins as well as instrument repair and set-up.

      Lauren Saks
      Lauren Saks

      Violin

      Lauren is from Chicago and performs regularly with live bands and plays up to seven nights a week on lower Broadway.

        Bobby Chase
        Bobby Chase

        Violin/Viola

        Bobby is from the D.C. area and is a founding member of the folk/Americana band Humming House. When he isn't touring, he works as a freelance engineer and string contractor.

          Kori Caswell
          Kori Caswell

          Double Bass

          Kori is from Missouri. Since coming to Nashville in 2012 she has toured with bluegrass and jazz bands and performs orchestral and musical theater work in town.

            Zoe McCadams
            Zoe McCadams

            Double Bass

            Zoe is from Nashville and is a current student at MTSU.