33. Old Puglisi bowlback mandolin (691)  140 euros new

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Old named Italian bowl-back

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

G. Puglisi Reale & Figli

Catania Anno 1913

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is now sound with NO repairs. It has a 22-piece rosewood bowl back with 1 seam repair. It has the original ebony concert fingerboard. The tuners and tail are originals, the ebony bridge new. It has the original french polished finish, though I have protected the top with Tru-oil. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired an open seam in the bowl; 2) levelled and dressed the original German silver frets; 3) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; 4) 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.


Original french-polished finish, the top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre, with no shrinkage or repairs.

Scratch plate

Original picyure scratch in good condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

22-piece, rosewood, bowl-back & clasp. 1 seam repair.

Neck and Head

2-piece, veneered neck and head in good condition.


Original ebony fingerboard, German silver frets relevelled and dressed. MOP markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass tuners with original bone/ivory buttons. All working but rather stiff.


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New ebony and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 333mm

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.