25th Anniversary Metropolis Viper




24K pure gold leaf
25 years of refinement
25 super limited edition Vipers for 2015

This gilded beauty with its custom painted art deco theme is a must have for any high end instrument collector and any pro looking for an instrument that will bring down the house.




Proudly built in the USA
by WV master craftsmen Joe Domjan, Kenny Bosco, and Dave Padula.
Hand painted by renowned artist/illustrator Chris Compston.

The team behind the Metropolis

Left to right: Joe Domjan, Mark Wood, Kenny Bosco, and Chris Compston (front)

To commemorate the company’s 25th year, NY-based Wood Violins is proud to present The Metropolis; an instrument that represents the majesty and power of Manhattan in its grandest of days.

Like so many of our cousins in the guitar industry, the Viper’s revolutionary and groundbreaking design has clearly stood the test of time and represents a level of quality that is unsurpassed in the electric string world.

Each instrument is individually numbered with our Wood XXV logo and is personally autographed by Mark Wood.

NAMM2015 Upbeat DailyMetropolis XXV01 debuted at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in a stellar performance by Mark Wood and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – photos and video coming soon. The remaining 24 Vipers will be built to dealer or customer specifications in 2015.

The Metropolis Viper features genuine 24k pure gold leaf painstakingly applied by hand using traditional methods before coating with crystal clear lacquer.

Contact us for pricing and availability.


  • Body: poplar wood
  • Custom finish: genuine 24k pure gold leaf painstakingly applied by hand using traditional methods before coating with crystal clear lacquer; hand-painted by artist/illustrator Chris Compston
  • Fingerboard: select ebony
  • Tuning machines: sealed gear
  • Strings: Custom SuperSensitive
  • Pickup: Barbera Twin pickup
  • Our patented self-supporting system
  • Strings: 6
  • Fretted: super low profile nickel-alloy
  • Scale: 330mm
  • Nut Width: 6-string – 32mm
  • Fingerboard length: 254mm
  • Hardware: gold
  • Tail piece: polished bell-brass
  • Volume knob: hand encapsulated turquoise

The gold leaf body is completely shielded and grounded for zero noise interference.

All of our instruments have neck through construction for increased sustain and durability!


  • WV’s patented self-supporting system
  • Lightweight construction
  • Versatile electric tone (explore distortion, sustain, and feedback with the use of pedals & effects)
  • Geared tuners ensure effortless tuning
  • Tuned in fifths just like a ‘traditional’ violin (6-string, high to low: E A D G C F)

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