Luigi Ferrarotti

Luigi Ferrarotti mandolin 1930's

Starting as a carpenter with the Belga Tramway Company, it was very quickly after moving to Turin in 1900 that Luigi Ferrarotti began building mandolins and guitars.

He worked in his workshops with his sons, who still keep the Ferrarotti name alive in their famous historic workshop V ia Thures 10.
Luigi Ferrarotti's workshop at the beginning of the 20th century.

Many luthiers were inspired by Luigi Embergher.
And Luigi Ferrarotti, bearing the same first name as the master, is no exception.
At the beginning of the 20th century, many luthiers sought to “copy” Embergher models, whose reputation was already well established.
But many made simple copies without understanding what made the instruments of the Roman luthier so good.
Here, this is not the case.

Luigi Ferraroti not only took over, in the particularities of his instruments, Luigi Embergher, but also put at the service of this mandolin, an exceptional mastery of manufacturing, from the choice of woods to construction.
Located in the North of Italy, in Turin, it has not escaped the influence of Roman violin making.
He was also rewarded at the Universal Exhibition in Turin in 1911.

Technical characteristics :
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: 21 ribs in Rosewood
  • Sides: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Width at nut: 25.5mm
  • Radius: Embergher type
  • Frets: 24 frets (+ 1 zero fret)
  • Scale: 350mm
  • Profile: V Roman Type
  • Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
  • Country of manufacture: Italy, Turin
  • Year: 1930's
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: Ebony-Maple bindings / Mother-of-pearl fingerboard markers
  • Details: Old repair on the head, completely repaired, almost invisible

The action is low, the tone is splendid, the sound is powerful, with a vibration that is transmitted throughout the body, this mandolin was and still is made for playing.

It will delight seasoned mandolinists wishing to play on period instruments.

One of the best alternatives to an Embergher mandolin for more than half the price.

Delivered in a period case.

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