Let’s Build A Mandolin - Tom Ellis And F5 Special #464 - Part 11

By Scott R. - 4 years ago

Beginning Sunburst Steps

When Tom is happy with the build, #464 heads over to "amazing finish guy" Josh Luttrell. Usually Tom ships instruments out to Josh for finishing, but for #464 he made a special trip down to Austin so we could photograph the process.

First, We Mask

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.

Part 12: Sunburst in the spray booth →

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