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Old named Italian mandolin (777)  @ 150 euros new

Old named Italian bowl-back

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

G. Puglisi Reale & Figli

Primo Stabilimento Italiano di Strumenti Musicali a Corda

CATANIA Anno 1913-14

This instrument is now fully playable after restoration. The top is sound with a small repairs. It has a 21-piece rosewood bowl back with no repairs. It has a new ebony fingerboard with modern frets. The tuners, tail are originals, the bridge new. It retains much of the original finish except 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) replaced damaged purfling and missing edging; 3) finished the top for protection with Tru-oil; 4) made and fitted a new bridge in ebony; and 5) 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 finish, except around repairs, & top protected with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Book-matched, spruce top with small repairs under the bridge. Renewed purfling and edging.

Scratch plate

Original celluloid, some MOP in good condition. Slightly shrunken.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65x 40mm.

Back and sides

21-piece, rosewood bowl-back, clasp, & tulipwood sides. 1 seam repair.

Neck and Head

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


Original ebony fingerboard and German silver bar frets. Levelled. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 brass string posts.


New ebony and brass shelf bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 330mm

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


Larger photos are available on request.