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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


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

100mm at bridge.


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


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.


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.


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


Original bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 326mm

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



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