ok, so nothing against guitarists or anything, especially the ones with mad skills and those who actually try to learn the instrument (as opposed to "teaching themselves" three power chords and thinking they're amazing) but here's an interesting story for those of you who have Vipers with frets:
first of all - have you ever had a guitarist try to tell you where to put your fingers on a fretted Viper? my friend Nate plays guitar and he started arguing with me on how to play MY violin. i tried to calmly explain to him that i met Mark in person, got a private lesson with him, and learned EXACTLY how to play my instrument from the Master himself, but he wouldn't listen. he kept trying to tell me how frets are supposed to be used (he was giving me the "guitar version"). i remained calm (because i really never get mad), but it somehow got to the point where Nate was yelling at me and the guitar teacher had to come over and explain to him that i was right because the sustain on a violin is way different than that on a guitar and the frets were much flatter.
since then, i've had several guitar players try to tell me i'm playing my instrument wrong (our school's got SO many guitar players, it's insane; the sad thing is, only a few of them try to learn how to play for real). as usual, i just explain that an electric violin is different. most of them listen when i mention sustain and flatter frets because then they know what i'm talking about. it's usually the inexperienced, first-year guitarists who still won't listen. (note: there are a few guitarists at my school who think they're amazing because they "taught themselves", but they really only know three chords. those are the guitarits that annoy me - the ones with big egos who have no room to have one. i'm sure none of the people on the board are like this, so i'm not insulting anyone here, i would hope)
either way, all the guitarists i've met still bow down to my Viper
again, nothing against guitars or guitarists - great instruments and usually great people.