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13. Old named bowlback mandolin from Catania  (685) @ 240 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century, made in Catania. It is in good condition after restoration, with an exceptionally wide fingerboard.

There is a top stamp which says…

Giuseppe Scanlon * Catania

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with NO splits. It has a superb 29-piece rosewood and German silver bowl back with some seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard mounted on a shim with German silver bar frets. The tuners and tail and bridge are originals. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil for protection. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a superb full round sound and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced the missing bone and ebony edging; 2) repaired some damaged purfling; 3) reset fingerboard and levelled original frets; 4) repaired a head split and reveneered front and back; 5) repaired open seams in the bowl; 6) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; and 7) refitted ebony bridge, strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

150mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce top. A little damaged purfling repaired. Some ebony and bone edging replaced.

Scratch plate

Original, in good condition, with MOP

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 45mm. MOP inlay.

Back and sides

29-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides with German silver stringing.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered head and triangular neck.


Relevelled and set on a shim, original German silver frets refitted. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

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


Original with 4 string posts. Slightly tarnished.


Original in ebony and brass, refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 332mm

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 sometimes have re-conditioned bowl-back cases available for purchase, as well as new gigbags.