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5. Un-named, de Meglio-style  mandolin (693)    @ 150 euros
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Old un-named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th early 20th century, made in the style of de Meglio. It has a fairly wide fingerboard, and is in good condition after restoration. There is no label or top stamp…

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 19-piece rosewood bowl back one small repair at the base. It has new fingerboard in rosewood. The tuners and tail are originals, as are the refiitted bridge and tensioner. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a rounded, mellow sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced small pieces of missing edging; 2) made a small repair to seams at the base of the bowl; 3) fitted a new rosewood fingerboard and bone nut; 4) refinished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; and 5) refitted the original bridge and tensioner.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Original finish in good condition. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close grained at the centre. Small repairs to tulipwood edging. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

Original in fairly good condition. Small piece missing.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 35mm. Also side vents.

Back and sides

19-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides. I short seam repair in the bowl.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained head and veneered neck. Head refinished.


New in rosewood. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

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


Original in brass with 4 string posts.


Refitted original shelf bridge and tensioner.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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