Douglas Cox Violin Opus 712 ~ “Leduc” Guarneri del Gesú 1744


The violin bears the facsimile label “Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremona anno 1744 IHS” and on the opposite side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2010, #712” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is patterned after the “Leduc” violin of Joseph Guarneri “del Gesú”. It is built of well aged North American grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of New England maple with medium broad flames descending from the center joint. The neck and ribs are of maple of narrower flame than that of the back. The table is of two pieces of Engelmann spruce from British Columbia of narrow to medium-broad 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 "Leduc" of Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesú" has been a favorite model of mine, and the form I have used most frequently.


Length: 353 mm
Upper Bout: 166 mm
Middle Bout: 114 mm
Lower Bout: 204 mm
Rib Height: 30-31 mm
String Length: 323 mm