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26. Old flatback mandolin  (742)  @ 100 euros
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Old German flatback

This is an old flatback mandolin, would make a good starter instrument or backpackers mandolin. It is in fair condition after restoration. It has no label......

The major part of the restoration was to the back, which had suffered from shrinkage. The top is sound with no repairs, other than to the scratch-plate. The back has two long shrinkage repairs, re-enforced inside. All the furniture is original, including the bridge and fingerboard. It has been completely refinished in tru-oil, a hard, light, modern varnish. It has been set up to be easy to play, with a light action. It plays with a good strong sound and plenty of sustain!

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows; 1) repaired long shrinkage splits in the back; 2) repaired some damage to the scratch plate; 3) refinished throughout; 4) levelled the original frets; 5) refitted the original bridge, strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

75mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout with Tru-oil, a hard, light modern oil varnish.

Belly wood

Good-quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce.

Scratch plate

Reasonable, with some MOP and some small repairs

Sound hole

Approx 65 x 40mm

Back and sides

Single-piece, stained maple flat-back with 2 long shrinkage repairs.

Neck and Head

Stained maple in perfect condition


Original rosewood with 17 original re-levelled frets. MOP position markers at 5, 7 and 12

Machine heads

Original All working with original buttons.


Original in steel, with 4 brass string posts


Original rosewood bridge, new bone saddle fitted.

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