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20. Old neapolitan mandolin (648 @  140 euros new
Larger photos are available on request.

Old named Italian bowl-back

This is an old, Italian bowl-back mandolin from the late19th/early 20th century, made by Gennaro Maglioni in the style of de Meglio instruments. It is in fair condition after restoration. There is a label which says…

Gennaro Maglioni

Premiata Fabbrica di Strumenti Musicali

5 Calata San Gervasio 5


This instrument is now fully restored. The top is sound with a crack repair lower left side. It has a 17-piece rosewood bowl back NO repairs. It has the original fingerboard in ebony, with original relevelled brass bar frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are originals, the tensioner new. The top has been lightly refinished with Tru-oil for protection, elsewhere it retains the original French polished finish. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a full, round sound with good sustain and fair volume. It has an easy playing action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) replaced damaged and missing edging; 2) repainted the head black; 3) levelled and dressed the frets; 4) repaired a short split in the top; 5) finished the top for protection with a coat of Tru-oil; 6) refitted the bridge and a new tensioner; and. 7) 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 in fair condition. Repainted head. A coat of Tru-oil protects the top.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top with one small repair. Top sealed with a coat of Tru-oil. Edging repaired.

Scratch plate

Original, heavily abused and chipped, so heavily repaired, with MOP and German silver inlay.

Sound hole

Oval hole, approx. 65 x 40mm. Also side vents.

Back and sides

17-piece, rosewood, bowl-back, clasp, and sides. Typical de Meglio side vents and tulipwood edging.

Neck and Head

2-piece, painted head and veneered neck.


Original ebony with original re-levelled brass bar frets. MOP position markers at 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Machine heads

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


Original in steel with 4 string posts.


Refitted ebony bridge and new tensioner.

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


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