Finally, in 2004, Ellis began building mandolins again, and they are among the finest traditional F-style mandolins of any living maker. They are still hard to get, since they are built by hand by Ellis and his two-person staff, and Gruhn Guitars is honored to be one of only two dealers for these exceptional instruments.
Specs include: Adirondack red spruce top, hand-graduated and tap-tuned to Loar specs; rounded profile neck (not V); 1 1/8" nut width; compound radius fingerboard (7.5" to 15"); white-black-ivoroid binding; abbreviated ebony pickguard; Bill James tailpiece; Steve Smith bridge; and hand-rubbed oil varnish finish.
Our current inventory features Ellis F-5 #99 (inv. #MF7335), with gold-plated hardware, attractive curly maple back, sides and neck, and Waverly tuners. With hard case it is offered at $10,500. (After #100, Ellis prices will be raised.) SOLD
This instrument is SOLD
Full front | Close of body | Wood grain | Pickguard | Full back view | Back of body