Viper Signature 5 String

This is Mark Wood's signature model Violin. With a Sunburst purple finish, flying V shape, volume control and 'phantom' frets, it's dressed to impress and lives up to expectations. Please note: If you want a different color options, please contact us as there are available options from the factory. It may take longer time but we will meet your need.

Though he has many activities and businesses in his orbit, everything comes back to music for teacher, manufacturer, and rock-violin evangelist Mark Wood. So it’s only fitting that he’s the namesake of his instrument company’s first signature violin. TheWood Violins Mark Wood Signature Viper violin boasts a striking purple sunburst finish on an equally striking V-shaped body, five strings, and a lined fingerboard, just like the original Viper that Wood’s used for years.

The latter feature may initially throw some violinists for a loop, but it’s a clever approach to a fretless instrument that regularly can intimidate many would-be improvisers. Beyond the fret lines’ visual reference—which may be helpful when trying to play in-tune on a stage with flashing lights and a loud rock band—the lines and Wood’s unique dot pattern are integral to his “movable grid” concept. In it, players learn hand positions and patterns that can be easily moved to perform and improvise in different keys, much like guitarists are taught.

The Signature Viper is made on Long Island from a poplar body capped with a lightly quilted maple top, an ebony fingerboard with inlaid fret lines (the fingerboard is smooth like a typical acoustic), and geared tuners at the headstock, which drastically reduce the back-and-forth of accurate tuning with traditional tuning pegs. An onboard volume control is accessible for quick adjustments of the bridge pickup, but never gets in the way of bowing. Like all Vipers, the Signature model doesn’t use a chin or shoulder rest. Instead, it straps around your shoulders and a folding, adjustable chest-support rests against your ribcage. It’s a unique experience and our reviewers found it liberating to be able to have a free hand at a moment’s notice, whether is was for twiddling with an effect setting or answering the phone.

I tested the Viper through several different types of amps a player might encounter, including a Fishman Loudbox combo, a vintage Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp, a small Wood WD-10VA combo amp, and straight into a PA system. Each amp imparted a different stamp on the Viper’s tone, but also gave me a chance to hear the Viper’s consistent sounds, even though it was played by different musicians and different bows.