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22. Old French bowlback mandolin (520)   @ 130 euros
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian/French bowl-back

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

Gennaro Fabricatore

Napoli

...though this may be a French built instrument, given an Italian-sounding label to make it more saleable, as the styling is more French than Italian.

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with 1 shrinkage repairs. It has a 15-piece rosewood bowl back with seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and fret set on a shim. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. It has been refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil and a coat of Tru-oil protects the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced missing edging and mop inlay; 2) repaired open seams in the bowl; 3) repaired a shrinkage split in the top; 4) reset the f/b on a shim and levelled and dressed frets; 5) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 6) made and fitted a new bridge and nut; 7) replaced the damaged and missing tuner buttons; and 8) strung with GHS ultra-light strings and set up.

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

605mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

195mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

155mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with 1 shrinkage repair. Some repair to edging and replacement of missing inlay.

Scratch plate

Original with repairs.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 60x 30mm. MOP inlay

Back and sides

15-piece, rosewood bowl-back & clasp, and sides with several seam repairs.

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained neck and head, probably maple.

Fingerboard

Original rosewood and frets, now set on a shim to aid playability.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with new buttons.

Tailpiece

Original in brass with 4 string posts and a strap post.

Bridge/tensioner

New rosewood and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

G string height at bridge

5.5mm

E string height at bridge

5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2.5mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.5mm

Width of fretboard at nut

25mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

39mm

Sleeve guard

Sleeve guards are available if required

Case

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