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Puglisi bowlback mandolin (635)  @ 150 euros  new

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

G. Puglisi Reale & Figli

Strumenti Musicali

Catania Anno 1913-14

there is also a feint Puglisi top-stamp

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with NO repairs. It has a 23-piece rosewood bowl back with NO seam repairs. It has the original rosewood fingerboard and relevelled brass bar frets. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. It retains its original french polished finish throughout with Tru-oil on the top. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a bright, ringing sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) levelled and dressed the frets; 2) refinished the top with tru-oil; 3) refitted the nut and bridge; and 4) strung and set up.


Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

0 at bridge.


Original French polished finish throughout, top protected with tru-oil.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top no repairs.

Scratch plate

Original in good condition.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, and sides.

Neck and Head

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


Original rosewood fingerboard, and brass bar frets all level.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


Ebony and brass shelf bridge repaired and refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 335mm

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.


Larger photos are available on request.