Nick Schafer

NickShafer“I had previously checked out several other brands of electric violins, and I was never impressed by any of them. I own a 6 string fretted Viper, and I know without a doubt that it blows EVERY other design away. With a clear and rich tone, a deep warm sound on the lower strings, frets for spot-on intonation, perfect string action, sleek looks, and an amazing support system, the Viper is the definition of electric violin perfection!! The support system has released tension in my back and shoulders, and gives me a huge range of motion while I’m playing since I don’t have to hold it up. When I get it out, people are instantly drawn to its amazing design and beautiful craftsmanship. It has opened so many doors for me, and has broadened the possibilities of the modern violinist. Thanks so much to Mark Wood and everybody at Wood Violins for putting their hearts and souls into these instruments!”


When he picked up the violin at 10 years old, Nick fell in love with the instrument’s beautiful sound; but in the back of his mind he always wanted to play guitar like the gods of rock’n’roll: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and the like. Armed with a 6 string Viper since 2009, he has been living that dream every day. A student at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Nick studied classical violin under Elisabeth Small, and now studies jazz and rock with Billy Contreras and Tracy Silverman. Nick has also attended the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra camp since its inception in 2010, studying with Mark Wood, Rachel Barton Pine, and Tracy Silverman among others. An enthusiastic and dedicated performer, Nick now plays with the Harbingers of Awesomeness, an electric string quartet comprised of MWROC alumni all living in Nashville.