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3.  Salomone bowlback mandolin (636)  @ 140 euros new
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, with an exceptionally large bowl and sound hole. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There is a label which says…

Francesco Salomone

Fabbrica di Mandolini

Via Chiara No. 16


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 21-piece maple bowl back with 1 small seam repair. It has a new rosewood fingerboard set on a shim. The fingerboard, tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has original finish throughout but with Tru-oil on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired 1 shrinkage crack in the bowl; 2) refinished the top with tru-oil; 3) levelled and dressed original brass bar frets; 4) made and fitted a new nut; 5) made and fitted a new bridge; and 6) set up.



Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Original finish throughout, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with NO repairs. Protected by a coat of Tru-oil varnish.

Scratch plate

Original rosewood, in good condition.

Sound hole

Large oval hole, approx. 80x 45mm. Slight warping to the right, does not affect playability.

Back and sides

21-piece, maple bowl-back & clasp, and rosewood sides.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head, in fine condition.


Original rosewood f/b and re-levelled brass bar frets. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 336mm

G string height at bridge


E string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)


12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point


Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required


I have some re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as gigbags.