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Born March 15, 1968 in Franklin, Indiana. Heavy metal guitarist and songwriter.
In 1985 Schaffer founded the power/thrash metal band Purgatory, which quickly changed its name to become [a=Iced Earth].
He now is the only remaining original member of Iced Earth. Schaffer has also recorded and toured with [a=Demons & Wizards], his side project with [a=Blind Guardian] vocalist [a=Hansi Kürsch].
In 2005 Jon and his wife, Wendi, became parents with the birth of their first daughter. He is also brother-in-law of former Iced Earth singer [a=Matthew Barlow], as Matt is married to Jon's sister [a=Kate Barlow].