Chris plays a Fender FM-60E with a Chicago band called Evidence. He writes: "I've been playing violin for almost 20 years and mandolin for about 5 years. On violin I was pretty severely trained in classical and started playing jazz and bluegrass when I was about 12. For the past 3 or 4 years I've been playing in rock and fusion bands around Chicago, and now am doing Evidence exclusively.
"We are all really committed to being successful and hope to be around for a long time and maybe even make a living. Our instrumentation is kind of bizarre, we have a finger style acoustic guitar player who also sings, a 7-string electric guitar who is somewhat of a Victor Wooten freak, and myself on 5-string electric violin and mandolin. On our Web site, you can download a couple of tunes."
Regarding the Fender, Chris adds: "It is a hell of a lot of fun to play. The tonal possibilities are fairly wide, from an almost jazz guitar sound to a really countryish twang, but it takes some work to make it sound like a mandolin."