33. Old Suzuki bowlback mandolin (647)  140 euros new

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This is an old, Suzuki concert mandolin. It is in good condition after minimal restoration. There a makers label which says.....

Kiso-Suzuki Violin

Model No.9655

Kiso Suzuki Violin Co Ltd.

This instrument is now fully restored and playable. The top is scuffed, but sound with No repairs. It has a superb 27-piece, maple bowl back and sides. The original concert fingerboard and frets are level. The tuners, tail and bridge are all originals. It retains the original finish throughout in excellent condition. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with an easy action, and a deep, strong, round sound, with good sustain and volume.

Other than cleaning, I have completed the repairs as follows… 1) levelled and dressed the original frets; 2) refitted the bridge; 3) repaired and refitted the arm guard; and 4) restrung and set up.

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

640mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

200mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.

Finish

The mandolin retains the original finish throughout. Top has wear and some scratching.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched spruce top, with some wear.

Scratch plate

Fine, rosewood.

Sound hole

Oval 80 x 40mm.

Back and sides

Maple bowl. Mahogany edging and clasp. Small seam repairs to the bowl.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, mahogany neck and head in good condition.

Fingerboard

Original concert f/b with 24 original re-levelled frets. Original bone nut. Side position markers at 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original tuners. All working. Original buttons.

Tailpiece

Original steel tail, 8 string hooks.

Bridge/tensioner

Original rosewood and bone bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

G string height at bridge

9mm

E string height at bridge

9mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

2.5mm provisionally

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

2.5mm

Width of fretboard at nut

28mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

43mm

Sleeve guard

Mahogany??

Case

I have some gigbags and hard cases available for purchase.