King Joseph Copy

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Project by nofinlute posted 733 days ago 1111 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first copy of a Guarneri Del Gesu, I completed the majority of the woodwork at while still in school. The varnish and set up were done when I was out of school and completed several months ago. The instrument has a bright open tone and really rings in the upper register without having a whistling or metallic sound. The instrument has been opening up a considerable amount with playing.

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#1 posted 733 days ago

Lovely instrument! Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs.


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#2 posted 733 days ago

Beautiful, how long did it take you to build?

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#3 posted 733 days ago

Great work! Do you have any work in progress photos? I would love to see how it was done.

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#4 posted 733 days ago

Very Nice!

Was Joseph’s original name Giuseppe Guarneri ?

Do you think that the Guarneri family made better or equal Violins to Stradivari ?

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#5 posted 733 days ago

That is quite an accomplishment! Looks to be a fine instrument.

Welcome to LJs and thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 732 days ago

I made this Guarneri copy at the same time as a strad model, it took me 9 months to make my first two, now I am a little bit faster, accurate, and consistent but I suffer from having a day job. King Joseph is who the violin is named after, many of the famous violins are named after people, often noteables those with influence or the famous preformers who’s sound is immortalized in the sound and soul of the instrument.
I will try and post some in progress photos of a viola that I am making soon.

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#7 posted 732 days ago

I know nothing of instrument making and have a poor ear for music but that doesn’t keep me from being in awe of the craftsmanship involved in their construction.


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#8 posted 732 days ago

I love the sound of a violin and have watched several vidoes of them being made. An unique woodworking skill. Looks like you did a great job.

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#9 posted 732 days ago

Very cool. Speaking as a cellist, it’s cool to see the occasional luthier on here.

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#10 posted 732 days ago

Looks beautifully made. What woods are involved ?

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#11 posted 732 days ago

Lots of folk make boxes that look like violins but this is a real musical instrument and you can play it too. Well done, cheers me up after screwing my tabletop on upside down yesterday – whoops

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#12 posted 720 days ago

I would like to learn to play Bull Fiddle in a bluegrass band – if you take to making them and need someone to test them out on…

Just sayin!

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