Options

Here’s some info about all the great options you can choose from when creating your custom instrument, plus some general overall info about specs and features!

Frets

Frets allow violinists to play precisely in tune every time. Our low profile frets will allow you to utilize traditional playing techniques without compromising the beautiful subtleties of a fretless violin. You can now play faster, more precise notes and chords with consistent accuracy.

Phantom Frets

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.

Fretless

Traditional acoustic style fingerboard.

Bridge pickups: Our pickups are built into the bridge to give unmatched tone replication and isolation. Choose between our Wood pickup or Barbera pickup.

Wood Tru-Tone 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.

A note about the Barbera Transducer pickups:

All 4, 5, and 6 string violin bridges are hybrid models (one transducer per string).

7-string Vipers all come with twin solid model bridges (2 transducers per string)

All 4 and 5-string Cobra cellos come with twin hybrid pickups (2 transducers per string).

GENERAL SPECS FOR CUSTOM MODELS (Viper, Katana, Cobra):
• Body – poplar wood
• Fingerboard – select ebony
• Tuners:
– Vipers/Cobras: Sealed gear tuning machines
– Katana/Stingray SVX Pro: Wittner internally geared tuning pegs
• Strings – D’Addario
• Pickups – Wood or Barbera
• Self-supporting chest support system
• Number of strings:
– Viper: 4, 5, 6, and 7-string
– Cobra: 4 and 5
– Katana/Stingray SVX Pro: 4, 5
• Fretted, fretless, or phantom fretted (lined fretless)
• Finishes: solid gloss, solid matte, pearlized, metal flake, exotic top (tiger maple, quilt) – We are discontinuing burl finishes due to lack of availability.
• Hardware: black, silver, gold
All of our instruments have neck through construction for increased sustain and durability!

Oooh! Look at all the pretty colors!

This is just a sampling of some of the many custom finishes we offer. Visit our Custom Finishes Gallery to see even more. And hey – if there’s a finish you like but don’t see it here or in the gallery, just let us know! IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, WE CAN DO IT! Be sure to check out the Annie Haslam Signature Series and the Chris Compston Artist Series for options to create truly unique finishes.

PLEASE NOTE: We are temporarily discontinuing transparent finishes due to the lack of consistent grain on our latest batch of wood. We’ll let you know when this option becomes available again.

Transparent (currently unavailable but
any of these colors can be done as solid gloss or matte finishes):

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Pearlized (for more sparkle, we can do metal flake versions of these):

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Exotic Tops:

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Other:

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