Ellis F5 Reserve w/ Torch & Wire Inlay and Engraved Tailpiece


We're excited to offer this heirloom-quality F5 mandolin from the workshop of Tom Ellis--our first to feature his newly-available hand-inlaid tuner buttons. Cosmetics aside, an Ellis F5 Reserve offers the sort of tonal sophistication and workmanship a discerning player demands. Many great-looking mandolins built with quilted maple will hypnotize onlookers with the three-dimensional nature of the wood's figure ... but they sound a little timid. Not this one! Depth of tone, harmonic richness, sustain, power and pop--not only will this instrument record like a dream, it'll more than hold its own in a loud bluegrass jam. As for its looks? Well ... we're inclined to say there isn't a more finely built mandolin out there. From the picture-perfect tones of its sunburst, to the artistry of the inlay work, to Weldon Lister's engraving work on the tailpiece ... "flawless" just about sums it up. Have a look through our photo gallery for some detailed shots of the aforementioned tuner buttons, and give us a call if you'd like an in-hand description. Priced with new Calton Case.

Expedited shipping only at online checkout. Please contact us for ground options.

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • Private stock quilted maple body
  • Red Spruce top
  • Varnish finish
  • Tortoise binding
  • EVO frets
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Torch and Wire Inlay motif
  • James Tailpiece, engraved by Weldon Lister
  • Inlaid Ebony buttons on Waverly Tuners
  • Calton Case 

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Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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