View Full Version : El fantasma #2

Apr-01-2008, 4:02pm
here's my second Fantasma, a blonde.........

Apr-01-2008, 4:04pm
the back.........

Apr-01-2008, 4:05pm
another view with black background.........

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Skip Kelley
Apr-01-2008, 4:42pm
Ken, That is sweet!! What did you use for the peghead veneer? It looks great!

Apr-01-2008, 5:41pm
that's streaked ebony Skip. Same thing for the tailpiece cover. Thanks.....

Jim MacDaniel
Apr-01-2008, 6:01pm
Hi Ken: nice looking instrument, and I like everything about it, from the shape and headstock, to finish choice and binding color -- but I thought number 2 was going to be in yellow? ;)

Apr-01-2008, 6:35pm
I wanted to make it yellow, but the customer wanted clear blonde. I like it now though. Sounds great too.

Apr-02-2008, 9:46am
I had the opportunity to play this mandolin recently and boy what a mandolin. It not only is beautiful, but it has THAT sound. The workmanship is tops. The wood is gorgeous with that 2 piece back. Just the overall feel is wonderful. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Apr-02-2008, 10:14am
Its coming my way next week.... can't wait. I will report back when its here.

Mark Walker
Apr-02-2008, 10:15am
Ken - GREAT looking mandolin. I agree with Carl - that back is just gorgeous in that natural blonde finish.

Absolutely beautiful! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Ken Olmstead
Apr-02-2008, 10:31am
I voted for blonde the first go round and I am more certain of that now!! Looks awesome! Would be a great platform for an oval hole too. Maybe "center hole" would be more appropriate because it may need your artist sense of proportion to make it "flow." Simply beautiful Ken!!

Apr-02-2008, 11:26am
Ken -- I like it a lot, a whole lot.

What type of wood did you use in the top?

Apr-02-2008, 2:36pm
That top is German spruce. I've had this wood for quite awhile. I guess I've got 100 tops left of that. Good wood. But it's all in how you build it inside...........

Apr-03-2008, 12:17pm
Ken -- does this design produce a different sound for you than the F5 models you've built? Or similar sound with just a different look.

Also, I've always like the lower point on an F5 that makes a mando rest nicely on a leg without sliding when you're playing sitting down.
Does the little indentation on the lower bout accomplish that on this? Looks like it would.

Really a nice looking design.

Doug Edwards
Apr-03-2008, 1:04pm
That thing is so hot is looks like it is melting. Great look, Ken.