Douglas Cox Viola Opus 776 ~ 1558” Guarneri

The viola bears the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2012 #776” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is built on an original pattern and is styled after the late work of Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesú”. It is made of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with handsome medium width flames descending slightly from the treble side. There are filled worm holes near the lower bass corner. The ribs and neck are of maple similar to that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of narrow to wide growth. The varnish is of a red-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood with ebony trim.


The Hop Hornbeam or Ironwood fingerboard is a distinctive feature on this popular model larger viola. The top wood, rescued from the floor of a historic local church during a renovation, gives it a mellow singing voice.


Length: 399 mm
Upper Bout: 188 mm
Middle Bout: 134 mm
Lower Bout: 242 mm
Rib Height: 36-38 mm
String Length: 364 mm