Ancient Music

The Bowl Backed Mandolin

Bowl Backed Mandolin

    The bowl-backed mandolin came to our culture early from Cicily for which it is also called the Neapolitan mandolin. In America it was also affectionately called the Tater-Bug Mandolin because of its shape which was derived directly from the Lute structure, the back being made up of many small strips of wood glued together edge to edge. Tonally it is the most mellow of the mandolins although it takes a little practice to hold it steady while playing it. It tends to want to roll out from under the picking hand.

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