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26. Old named neapolitan mandolin  (681)  @ 160 euros

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

Botham Clasar/Ceasar (unclear really)


This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with a repair right side. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back NO repairs. It has the original ebony fingerboard, with brass bar frets. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge and tensioner new. 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 attacking sound and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced the missing tulipwood edging; 2) replaced the damaged, top wood right side; 3) re-levelled the ebony fingerboard and refitted original frets; 4) reglued loose scratchplate; 5) removed old distressed varnish and refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; and 6) made and fitted new ebony bridge and tensioner, 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. Damaged wood right side renewed..... Some edging replaced.

Scratch plate

Original, reglued, in fair good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm. Also side vents.

Back and sides

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

Neck and Head

2-piece, stained head and neck.


Relevelled, original frets refitted. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

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


Original with 4 string posts. Rather tarnished.


New in ebony and brass with new 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


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


Larger photos are available if required.