Let’s Build A Mandolin - Tom Ellis And F5 Special #464 - Part 10

By Scott R. - 4 years ago

Neck Shaping and Bridge Fitting

After assembly, #464 heads back to Tom's bench for final neck shaping and detail work before finishing.

F-Hole Detailing

Tom goes over every inch of #464 doing all the finish sanding and final detailing. Here he is using a file to sharpen the edges of the bass side F-Hole.

Neck Profiling

Tom shapes the neck of each and every Ellis mandolin. His unfinished speed necks have a profile that is dialed in for speed and comfort while playing.

Ebony Bridge Installation

Tom fits every bridge by hand, using an adhesive sandpaper attached to the top of the mandolin. His leather lined jig clamps help him hold the instrument in position while he does his work without risk of it slipping.

Examining The Fit

Tom relies on his eyes and decades of experience to get the fit just right. One or two more adjustments and it will be ready for final setup and instullation after the finish cures.

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