CUSTOM INSTRUMENTS & RESTORATIONS
There are currently two violins available for sale
VIOLIN - MAPLE BACK, SPRUCE FRONT
This violin is based on a 1733 Guarneri del Gesu design. The concept behind this instrument was to use all New Brunswick flamed maple for the back, sides, and neck. The maple wood came from near Fredericton, NB. It was cut over 20 years ago, therefore, is well-aged. It has the most beautiful flame throughout! The spruce for the top is also New Brunswick sourced. All accessories for the violin (pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece) are of high-quality ebony. The instrument has a warm, powerful resonance.
Retail price: $6,000
VIOLIN IN POPLAR
Constructed in 2012, the choice of woods for this violin is are experimental. The back, sides and neck are made from poplar harvested from my property in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada. The top of the violin is spruce hand-selected from a tree from St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
The poplar wood makes for a very lightweight instrument while producing a bright and even voice with superior, responsive projection and unique, sustained resonance. The spirit varnish created by me gives the instrument its rich red colour with golden undertones. Chinrest, tailpiece, end button, and pegs are all high-quality ebony. This violin is based on a Guarneri del Gesù constructed in 1733.
Retail price: $5,000
Gwyneth Wilbur has been making and servicing stringed instruments for both professional and amateur musicians across North America for over thirty years.
Having studied violin and cello in her youth in Montréal, Canada, she made her first instrument, a Viol da Gamba at Concordia University. Then, at the age of seventeen, she was accepted at the prestigious Peter Prier Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed her apprenticeship training with Italian-trained luthier
Pierre Charette in Montréal.
To date, Gwyneth has produced many violins, violas, guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments and has repaired and restored many more. She conducts workshops and lectures on making and maintaining stringed instruments.