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18.  Stridente bowlback mandolin (686)  @ £130 

Old named Italian bowl-back

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


Fabricca di Mandolini

Via Antonio, 22


This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with No repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with NO repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard with original levelled brass bar frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains the original finish throughout except on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and excellent volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) levelled and dressed the original frets; 2) repaired an open side seam; 3) refinished the top with shellac; and 4) restrung 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, a little scuffed in places, top protected with shellac

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with no repairs. One gouge filled right side.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition. Rosewood

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, and sides. No seam repairs .

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered triangular neck and head.


Original rosewood fingerboard with relevelled brass frets. Original 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 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


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


Larger photos are available on request.