Ellis Mandolins


Tom Ellis of Austin, Texas, has been well known in mandolin circles since Ricky Skaggs starting playing Ellis mandolins in the late 1970s. The only problem was, Ellis mandolins were hard to get, especially after 1992 when Ellis stopped making mandolins to launch Precision Pearl Inlay, a company that uses CNC technology to manufacture pearl inlays for the guitar industry.

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