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The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow

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Through the careful exercise of engineering and science, The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Bows are highly affordable, yet provide a level of sensitivity, balance, and nuance previously unattainable in economical fiberglass bows.


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The String CentreFG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Functional (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

VERY GOOD student bow!

I ordered one of these bows to put with a old vintage Nippon student violin to sell, and I must say the quality of the bow is outstanding.

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I ordered one of these bows to put with a old vintage Nippon student violin to sell, and I must say the quality of the bow is outstanding.

The stick is painted matte black, apparently of fiberglass composition, with a nice grip and perfectly straight with good tracking. The balance, weight and camber were correct and it is well-fitted, with a VERY nice fully-lined ebony frog with nice pearl slide and Parisian eye (usually found on higher-priced bows) and the generous white horsehair seems to be of good quality and is evenly attached. It takes rosin well, and plays and feels good, so for the price I don't see how you can beat this bow for student or intermediate use, or even for a back-up bow to carry in your case.

I liked it so well that I ordered a couple of 4/4 sized versions to keep around for backup and for teaching purposes. These bows handle almost as well as much higher-priced carbon-fiber import models, so for about half the cost of a rehair you should try one for yourself. If these bows were double the price, it would still be a good deal.

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Disappointing. Poor Quality

I purchased based on the online review. Unfortunately this is not the case for me. The bow I got is a total piece of junk. Will return.

I purchased based on the online review. Unfortunately this is not the case for me. The bow I got is a total piece of junk. Will return.

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great quality for its price.

By Ivan Gallegos

from Texas

Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

For it's price, this I highly recommend this bow. Plus, if you are into light-weight bows, this bow is very light and easy to manipulate, and has a nice, dark color to it. The only thing I have to complain about is the bow hair, which at first was popping rather easily, but it seems to be fine now. Very good bow and very economic.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT VALUE for a Good Bow

By fishdogmusic

from Asheville, NC

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Beginner
    • Practicing

    Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

    The low price may mislead some to think it is not worth trying, for less than the cost of re-hairing a bow, I would say give it a try and see what you think. This would make an excellent bow for a beginner and a good backup for emergencies. When practicing I like to work with several different bows to develop an adaptive nature and appreciate my primary bow's capability. Although these bows do not compare to a premium bow they are a really good value.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    VERY GOOD student bow!

    By Fiddle&GuitarMan

    from Mars Hill, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

      I ordered one of these bows to put with a old vintage Nippon student violin to sell, and I must say the quality of the bow is outstanding.

      The stick is painted matte black, apparently of fiberglass composition, with a nice grip and perfectly straight with good tracking. The balance, weight and camber were correct and it is well-fitted, with a VERY nice fully-lined ebony frog with nice pearl slide and Parisian eye (usually found on higher-priced bows) and the generous white horsehair seems to be of good quality and is evenly attached. It takes rosin well, and plays and feels good, so for the price I don't see how you can beat this bow for student or intermediate use, or even for a back-up bow to carry in your case.

      I liked it so well that I ordered a couple of 4/4 sized versions to keep around for backup and for teaching purposes. These bows handle almost as well as much higher-priced carbon-fiber import models, so for about half the cost of a rehair you should try one for yourself. If these bows were double the price, it would still be a good deal.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality and value, a good combination

      By Pastor JC

      from Sperryville, VA

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

          The bow is stunning, compared to its class. The pearloid on the screw button and wire winding add a special touch to this bow. It replaces another bow that cost much more, but sounded much worse--it's a good thing the other bow finally broke so I would have to buy this one!

          This bow rosined quickly and played beautifully. Unless you are dead-set on a Brazillian wood bow rather than fiberglass, then you can't beat this one. It really did leave me scratching my head, wondering, "How did they do that?" on value for performance. You don't get pleasantly surprised like this too often in life!

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          String Centre fiberglass bow

          By New fiddle lover

          from Northeast Oklahoma

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          Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

          I have several of these violin bows and one for viola. I also own an Arcos Brasil carbon fiber bow ($150) and I like these glass ones just as well. Great bow for less than the price of re-hair.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I use it on my Paiste 20" China Type Cymbal

          By Boonie

          from Ohio

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          Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

          Appears to be a good choice for my application.
          Nicely constructed - Good Design
          Appears to be of higher quality than some of the others I have used.
          GREAT value for the money

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow

          By Bouzoukimanga

          from cleveland oh

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

            its a great bow for its price

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good value bow

            By Anna Latto

            from Australia

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            Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

            I am no bow expert, I bought this for my daughter because it was cheaper and easier than a rehair. It is straight and seems to be very good quality for the price. I would buy another if I need to.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Delighted with this bow !

            By Howard Pence

            from Syracuse

            Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

            Filled the hairs with rosin and produced a beautiful sound with a nice weight and balance.
            Nicely made and executed product.
            Looks like it will last a long time.
            Very satisfied at this price level.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great deal

            By go gators

            from Gainesville, FL

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

              My first bow. Rosined fast and tension is easy to adjust.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              money well spent

              By rockstar

              from Whitwell, Tn

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A good buy for the price
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

              This item was delivered promptly in good condition with plenty of protective packaging.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Beautiful bow, but broke first day.

              By rob

              from Pennsylvania

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Functional

              Cons

              • Broke During First Use

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

              Looked like, and I think IS a beautiful bow for the price. It broke the first time it was used. It was a beginning student, but I was watching her, and it snapped off near the tip as she was LOOSENING the bow. It looks like a little hidden bubble that must have formed in manufacturing. I doubt Musician's Friend will give me any grief in replacing it.

              I have a full-sized version of the same bow that has been working out just fine for another beginning student. Really does seem like a great bow for the price. Every once in a while, a bad one just comes off the line.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Disappointing. Poor Quality

              By maylh

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Bow Bend Too Much
                • Crack At End
                • Difficult To Use
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • None Returned

                Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                I purchased based on the online review. Unfortunately this is not the case for me. The bow I got is a total piece of junk. Will return.

                 
                5.0

                A Worthy Product

                By Rin

                from College Station, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                  I bought this after I found my old bow's hair was torn so much. I read the reviews of this product and decided it was worth it to purchase it for the money. The company packs the bow really nicely to protect it since it's a delicate piece. The bow itself is extremely light and it produces a clear sound on my violin. It definitely takes some time to get used to since this bow is very different from the ones I've used in the past. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new bow that is good quality but affordable enough to pay.

                   
                  4.0

                  This inexpnsive bow came in excellent condition.

                  By picker and grinner

                  from Grabury Texas

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • No issues - rosined up quickly hold the tenson

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                  Good price, arrived in excellent condition. I was able to rosin it up quickly and the applied tension statyed as set. I would buy it again or recommend it to others.

                   
                  4.0

                  Seems good, I will know more as time goes on

                  By Adrian

                  from San pedro, Ca

                  About Me Child

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                    daughter uses it. This a third bow for her. She seems to like it.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bow for the price

                    By Wasp

                    from Long Island, NY

                    About Me Child

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                      I bought this for my 8 year old whose been playing for a year. It made such a difference and his confidence improved!

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great

                      By none

                      from Pacific North West

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                        Thanks, always trusted M. F.

                         
                        4.0

                        Third Bow So Far

                        By Kat

                        from Long Island, NY

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                          Third bow in three years. Sounds good and affordable.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Works well!

                          By Nats

                          from Edmonton AB

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about The String Centre FG Series Fiberglass Violin Bow:

                              Great choice for my daughter who has just moved to a full sized violin and bow.

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