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



We're excited to offer this powerful-sounding, extremely resonant F5 mandolin from the workshop of Tom Ellis! It likely goes without saying, but this is simply a stunning-looking instrument: the engraved tuner buttons truly rival vintage Handels for precision of craftsmanship, and the ivoroid binding adds a nice traditional touch to an otherwise very dressed-up F5 platform. Cosmetics aside, an Ellis F5 Reserve offers the sort of tonal sophistication discerning players demand. This instrument, with its one-piece hard maple back and Red Spruce top, provides the kid of punch and throttle needed to power a bluegrass band -- yet the voice retains warmth and sweetness no matter where you play on the fingerboard. 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 (Burgundy w/Gold interior).


  • Private stock figured maple body (one-piece back)
  • Red Spruce top
  • Varnish finish
  • Ivoroid binding
  • EVO frets
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Torch and Wire Inlay motif
  • James Tailpiece, engraved by Weldon Lister
  • Inlaid Ivoroid buttons on Waverly Tuners
  • Calton Case 

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