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Traditional Instruments: Mandocello

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

Country: Italy

Type: String Instrument



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The mandocello (Italian: mandoloncello, Liuto cantabile, liuto moderno) is a plucked string instrument of the mandolin family. It is larger than the mandolin, and is the baritone instrument of the mandolin family.

What are the Features of Mandocello ?

Mandocello construction is similar to that of the mandolin: the mandocello body can be built with a bowl-shaped back, as in the 18th-century Vinaccia school, or with a flat (arched) back, as in Gibson Guitar Corporation designs popularized in the United States in the early 20th century. The scale of the mandocello is longer than that of the mandolin. Gibson examples have a scale length of 24.75" (62.87 cm), but flat-back designs have appeared with significantly shorter and longer scale lengths (27"/68.58 cm on some Vega mandocellos). Bowl-back instruments may have a shorter scale length, on the order of 22.5" (about 57 cm).

Where Does Mandocello's History Rise?

The mandocello, like most other instruments in the mandolin family, originated in Europe. During the 17th and 18th centuries, mandolins evolved from the lute family in Italy, and the bowl back mandolin, particularly in Naples, became popular in the 19th century. During the Baroque period (1600-1750), interest in the mandolin grew, as did its use in ensemble playing, resulting in a greater interest in developing and expanding the mandolin family.

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