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14. Puglisi bowlback mandolin (709)  @ 200 euros new

Old Italian bowl-back

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

G. Puglisi Reale & Figli


Anno. 1908-09

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with two shrinkage repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has the original fingerboard in ebony. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout, touched up around repairs, with a coat of Tru-oil for protection on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a warm, ringing sound with fair sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired one long open seam in the bowl; 2) reglued loose and replaced missing inlay pieces and repaired damaged purfling; 3) levelled the fingerboard and frets; 4) repaired two shrinkage cracks in the top and applied a coat of Tru-oil varnish for protection; 5) made and fitted a new ebony bridge; 6) made small repairs to the tuners; and, 7) 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.


Original finish throughout, touched up around repairs and tru-oil to protect the top.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top. One long shrinkage crack repaired. Damage to purfling repaired, missing edging replaced.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition. Lots of MOP

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 40mm. Lots of MOP

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp. Tulipwood sides. 1 long seam repair.

Neck and Head

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


Original ebony fingerboard with 17 levelled German silver bar frets. Original bone nut. Position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 string posts.


New ebony and brass shelf bridge fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 334mm

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.


Larger photos are available on request.