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13. Old named Italian bowlback mandolin (724)   @ 220 euros  new

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th century, made by de Meglio as an entry level instrument. It has a fairly wide fingerboard, and is in good condition after restoration. There is a label which says…

Cav. Giovanni de Meglio E Figlio

Anno 1902 Mod. 1A N. 11685

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with a couple of small repairs. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back NO repairs. It has the original re-levelled fingerboard in ebony, with original brass bar frets. The tuners, tail, bridge and tensioner are all originals. 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 missing and broken edging; 2) made repairs to the damaged scratchplate; 3) levelled the fingerboard and frets; 4) repaired small shrinkage splits in the top; 5) finished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; 6) repaired and refitted original bridge and tensioner; and 7) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

155mm at bridge.


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

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top with small repairs. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil. Edging renewed.

Scratch plate

Original, some damage repaired.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70 x 45mm. Also side vents.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained head and veneered neck. All original.


Original ebony with original re-levelled brass bar frets. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

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


Original with 4 string posts.


Original ebony 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

Larger photos are available on request.