Guarneri

Guarneri Violins

While many in the Guarneri family made violins, when one speaks of a Guarneri violin, the luthier in question is always Bartolommeo Giuseppe, also known as Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu. He was the grandson of Andrea Guarneri, who was apprenticed to Stradivari, and the “del Gesu” (or “of Jesus”) was appended to his name because the labels on his violins always included a cross and the letters “I.H.S.”, a Greek acronym for Jesus Christ.

Copy Guarneri Ole Bull4 4 Violin M7388 All European Wood A Masterpiece
Copy Guarneri Ole Bull4 4 Violin M7388 All European Wood A Masterpiece
$179.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 9:18:17 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood No16 Antique style violin
4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood No16 Antique style violin
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:53:48 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no11
Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no11
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:55:34 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no10
Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no10
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:56:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
No13 Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood
No13 Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:57:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
Old style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no12
Old style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood Nice sound no12
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:58:22 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
No14 Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood
No14 Antique style violin 4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 14:59:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood No15 Antique style violin
4 4 Guarneri model 1743 European tone wood No15 Antique style violin
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 15:01:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
OLD German GUARNERIUS VIOLIN R Geipel Sons see video ANTIQUE   400
OLD German GUARNERIUS VIOLIN R Geipel Sons see video ANTIQUE 400
$1,822.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 16:06:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,822.00
Add to watch list
Violin Guarnerius
Violin Guarnerius
$400.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 18:15:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $800.00
Bid now | Add to watch list
Master vintage violin Guarneri 17404 4 full sizeHeifetz modelpenetrate sound
Master vintage violin Guarneri 17404 4 full sizeHeifetz modelpenetrate sound
$499.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 19:01:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Add to watch list
Guarnerius Violin 5149 Russian Spruce  Maple by Ning  Ivanov
Guarnerius Violin 5149 Russian Spruce Maple by Ning Ivanov
$280.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 19:24:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $280.00
Add to watch list
Il Cannone Guarnerius Violin 5866 MASTER LEVEL  AUSTRIAN SPRUCE by Opera
Il Cannone Guarnerius Violin 5866 MASTER LEVEL AUSTRIAN SPRUCE by Opera
$280.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-23-2014 22:00:48 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Labeled 1746 Guarnerius Fine Violin Restored Old Vintage Antique Fiddle
Labeled 1746 Guarnerius Fine Violin Restored Old Vintage Antique Fiddle
$999.00
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 8:56:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $999.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri Del Gesu 1744 Violin 7235 European Spruce  Maple Professional Tone
Guarneri Del Gesu 1744 Violin 7235 European Spruce Maple Professional Tone
$159.00
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 9:38:24 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Bench Copy Deluxe Limited Edition Guarneri del Gesu 1742 Lord Wilton Violin
Bench Copy Deluxe Limited Edition Guarneri del Gesu 1742 Lord Wilton Violin
$1,250.00
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 13:31:51 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,250.00
Add to watch list
Vintage Antique Joseph Guarnerius Fecit Cremonae Anno 1736 IHS Violin
Vintage Antique Joseph Guarnerius Fecit Cremonae Anno 1736 IHS Violin
$55.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 18:37:14 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Vintage Antique Joseph Guarnerius Fecit Cremonae Anno 1736 IHS Violin
Vintage Antique Joseph Guarnerius Fecit Cremonae Anno 1736 IHS Violin
$76.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 21:39:15 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Guarneri Lord Wilton TOP Master Violin 5688 AUSTRIAN SPRUCE by Opera
Guarneri Lord Wilton TOP Master Violin 5688 AUSTRIAN SPRUCE by Opera
$142.50 (9 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-24-2014 22:00:07 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu 1730 Violin 7434 European Spruce  Maple Rich Tone
Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu 1730 Violin 7434 European Spruce Maple Rich Tone
$199.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-25-2014 9:00:32 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
Masters Series Violin by William Townsend Modified Guarneri Big tone COA
Masters Series Violin by William Townsend Modified Guarneri Big tone COA
$5,888.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-25-2014 15:59:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9,999.00
Bid now | Add to watch list
Master Build Deluxe Wood Edition Lord Wilton 1742 Guarneri del Gesu Violin
Master Build Deluxe Wood Edition Lord Wilton 1742 Guarneri del Gesu Violin
$1,800.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-25-2014 18:18:46 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,800.00
Add to watch list
New 4 4 size Violin in white Guarneri 1742 model flamed maple back spruce top
New 4 4 size Violin in white Guarneri 1742 model flamed maple back spruce top
$199.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-25-2014 18:31:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $199.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri style SONG Brand profession concert Shell inlayed violin 4 4 9274
Guarneri style SONG Brand profession concert Shell inlayed violin 4 4 9274
$1,299.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 3:40:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,299.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri style SONG Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9271
Guarneri style SONG Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9271
$299.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 4:11:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $299.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri style Song Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9270
Guarneri style Song Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9270
$397.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 4:13:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $397.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri style SONG Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9269
Guarneri style SONG Brand Maestro Shell inlayed violin 4 4powerful sound 9269
$395.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 4:14:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
Add to watch list
Guarneri style SONG Maestro Shell inlayed violin4 4huge and powerful sound9268
Guarneri style SONG Maestro Shell inlayed violin4 4huge and powerful sound9268
$395.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 4:15:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
Add to watch list
Core Select La Messie Guarneri Copy 4 4 Violin Beautiful Concert Tone 6082
Core Select La Messie Guarneri Copy 4 4 Violin Beautiful Concert Tone 6082
$999.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 17:01:43 PST
Buy It Now for only: $999.00
Add to watch list
An Excellent Master Violin COPY OF THE FAMOUS BG GUARNERI 1735
An Excellent Master Violin COPY OF THE FAMOUS BG GUARNERI 1735
$1,875.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-26-2014 17:32:48 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,875.00
Add to watch list

« Previous1234

While Stradivari is the most well-known luthier in history, some professional violinists prefer Guarneri to Stradivarius for its power and dark, rich tone. Regardless of which luthier was superior, Guarneri violins are highly regarded as exquisite examples of craftsmanship and make superb concert violins. Violin patterns based on the Guarneri are frequently used today.

What makes the Guarneri Violin So Special?

In brief, the beauty of its tone and its power. With art long since lost to history, both del Gesu and Stradivari were able to build instruments of astonishing range and purity. The depth of sound they produce make them particularly well-suited to concert halls. Some historians speculate that the mini Ice Age of the late 17th, early 18th centuries meant that trees grew slower, causing them to be denser and thus more resonant when used in violins; others discuss the mysterious varnishing process used on the violins by the master luthiers of that age.

Whatever the reason, the tone of the del Gesu is unique and beautiful—and none save a Stradivarius is considered its equal. Despite attempts to mimic the construction of the del Gesu, modern luthiers have failed to match its quality.

What is the Difference Between a Stradivarius and a del Gesu?

Generally, a Stradivarius is considered to have a “brighter” sound than a del Gesu, which is often described as a “darker” sound. In terms of value, both originals sell for millions of dollars in auction, and some prominent violinists pick sides over which is better. In the end, it all comes down to a matter of preference.

The construction of both are similar, although Stradivari are a bit more rounded, with lower, straighter “F” holes, and in general, the Stradivari are more refined in appearance than the Guarneri. Late in his career, del Gesu’s craftsmanship began to fail as he rushed the completion of his violins; however, even as the appearance declined, the tone improved in quality. It is thought that he began to focus exclusively on tone as he grew older, and less and less interested in appearance. Stradivari, in contrast, was meticulous in detail throughout his career.

Modern Guarneri-style Patterns

Many modern luthiers use Guarneri patterns. Like the originals, these modern violins are powerful, projecting clearly across large concert halls while still maintaining a clear tone. Also like the originals, they lack some of the symmetry and proportion of modern violins patterned after Stradivari.

These unique violins reflect an in-depth knowledge of wood, resonance, acoustics, and overall craftsmanship regrettably lost to our modern age, but the patterns del Gesu used still help define the makeup our modern violins.