The perfect example of practicality, innovation and originality.
The Viper is the most versatile and innovative electric violin ever offered to the modern violinist. With the breakthrough design of our patented Chest Support System, the Viper is completely self-supporting (no chin rest!). Now violin players can experience a level of physical and musical freedom that feels completely natural while expanding boundaries of musical tone and onstage performance. The Viper’s stunning appearance is only half of its appeal. The other half is just how comfortable, versatile and intuitive an electric violin can truly feel and sound. Add all that to the arena-shaking low frequency range of the 5, 6 and 7 string Vipers, and it will leave you asking, “why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?!”
• WV’s patented self-supporting system
• Lightweight construction
• Versatile electric tone (explore distortion, sustain, and feedback with the use of pedals & effects)
• Geared tuners assure effortless tuning
• Available in 4, 5, 6, or 7 string configurations.
• Tuned in 5ths just like a ‘traditional’ violin (high to low - E A D G C F Bb
• Available with fretless, fretted, or phantom fretted (lined fretless) fingerboards
• Custom finishes available
Check out this great video created by Frank Albert from Davidson Violins - he's got a whole series called VIPERIFICATION!
Our Unique Patented
Chest Support System
The most exciting development in electric violins is our invention of the revolutionary lightweight Chest Support system ™ which eliminates the need for a chin rest and shoulder pad, allowing your Viper to support itself and “float” on your body. With the utilization of our chest support system, players now have the freedom of movement to explore new possibilities such as singing and coordinated movements.
Your neck will thank you.
Frets allow violinists to play precisely in tune every time. Our low profile frets will allow you to utilize traditional playing techniques without compromizing the beautiful subtleties of a fretless violin. You can now play faster, more precise notes and chords with consistent accuracy.
Phantom frets are simply visual lines inlayed in the fingerboard which show each interval. Essentially they are frets that you can’t feel, but give you visual reference so the instrument plays just like a fretless acoustic.
Traditional acoustic style fingerboard.
Our pickups are built into the bridge to give unmatched tone replication and isolation. Choose between our Wood pickup or Barbera pickup.
Wood Pickup: Powerful pickup and great tone - our exclusive design. Similar to the one Mark Wood used on his debut album, Voodoo Violince, this full-bodied pickup packs a punch that will more than satisfy the needs of most players. Barbera Pickup: Exceptional sonic range and unsurpassed tonal quality. This multi piezo bridge produces beautiful sound fit for heavy rock, classical, jazz and anything else you can throw at it.
CLICK HERE for more info about the differences between the two pickups.
A note about the Barbera Transducer pickups: All 4, 5, and 6 string violin bridges are hybrid models (one transducer per string) but can be special-ordered as TWIN hybrids for an additional charge (two transducers per string). But before you go rushing out to upgrade to a twin hybrid, you should know that we feel there is not a noticeable difference between the two.
The 7-string Vipers all come with twin solid model bridges (2 transducers per string)
Our 4, 5, and 6-string Cobra cellos all come with twin hybrid pickups (2 transducers per string).
Body - poplar wood Fingerboard - select ebonyTuning machines - sealed gear
Strings - custom SuperSensitive Pickups - Wood or Barbera Tailpiece
- Thomastic Frets or fretless - 4, 5, 6, and 7-string Choice of hardware
- black, silver, gold
For more infomation about the
options available on your Viper, visit our pricing
here or on the image below so visit our gallery of custom finishes to see a sampling of what color choices we offer.