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3.  Puglisi bowlback mandolin (674)  @ 150 euros new
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the early 20th century. It is in fairly good condition after restoration. It is relatively rare as it is in maple, and has besides quite a wide fingerboard. There is a label …

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 23-piece rosewood bowl back with NO repairs. It has the original ebony concert fingerboard set on a shim. The tuners and tail are originals, the ebony bridge new. It has obviously been refinished by someone, so I have left this, though I have protected the top with Tru-oil, and refinished the neck. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a good, round, ringing sound and good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) set the original f/b on a shim for better playability; 2) removed heavy varnish from the top and lightly refinished with Tru-oil; 3) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; 5) strung and set up.

Mandolin Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of Mandolin


Width of mandolin at widest point


Approx. Depth of mandolin

140mm at bridge.


Refinished at some point in the past, still in good condition. Removed from the top, which is now protected with tru-oil. Neck refinished around shim.

Belly wood

Fair quality, spruce top with no shrinkage or repairs.

Scratch plate

Original picyure scratch in good condition

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 70x 40mm.

Back and sides

23-piece, rosewood, bowl-back & clasp. No repairs. Heavily refinished in the past.

Neck and Head

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


Original fingerboard, set on a shim, German silver frets relevelled and dressed.

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 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