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38.  Old German boatback mandolin  (522)  @ 150 euros

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Old German boatback mandolin

This is an old, German boat-back mandolin from the early to mid 20th century. It is in good condition after restoration. There is no label…

This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with one small repair. It has a 5-piece back in birds eye and flamed maple with NO seam repairs. It has the original fingerboard in rosewood, with relevelled original frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are all originals. The instrument has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection . It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, round sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) repaired a shrinkage split in the top; 2) lightly refinished throughout with Tru-oil; 3) levelled the original frets; and 4) set up.

 

 

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin

615mm

Width of mandolin at widest point

230mm

Approx. Depth of mandolin

100mm at bridge.

Finish

Original distressed finish replaced with Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce top with 1 small repair. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil.

Scratch plate

N/A

Sound hole

Round, approx. 70mm. With decorative device

Back and sides

5-piece, stained birds eye and flamed maple back and sides.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained maple head and neck in good condition.

Fingerboard

Original in rosewood with 17 relevelled frets. MOP position markers at 5, 7 and 12.

Machine heads

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

Tailpiece

Original in steel, with 8 string hooks. 'Marcelli' printed on the tail.

Bridge/tensioner

Original bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 326mm

G string height at bridge

7mm

E string height at bridge

7.5mm

12th fret to bottom of G string (Action)

1.75mm

12th fret to bottom of E string (Action)

1.75mm

Width of fretboard at nut

26mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

40mm

Sleeve guard

N/A

Case

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