It's always nice to see an Ellis mandolin that displays some real honest play-wear, proof of the countless hours of music this instrument has already produced in its lifetime; and you can certainly hear that in the responsiveness of this mandolin, as well - it sounds incredible!
What To Know
If you've been looking for a fantastic sounding Ellis F5 and are not too concerned about cosmetic perfection, this may well be the one for you! Boasting a powerful and open voice, easy playability across the board, and the fine craftsmanship we expect from an Ellis, this would make an exceptional workhorse instrument for any mandolinist looking for a professional-level mandolin.
The previous owner informed us that this mandolin was recently down at the Ellis shop, where it was looked over and given a clean bill of health by Tom and his team. The EVO frets show little-to-no wear and playability is excellent after a fresh setup.
While this F5 is in good overall condition, it has been played over the years and shows some cosmetic wear. The top displays plenty of pick marks and light dings, most notably near the pickguard and around the treble-side f-hole. A previously installed armrest left behind an area of finish wear on the back, and a clip on tuner left a light mark on the headstock (some of these marks may display more prominently under certain lighting). This wear is purely cosmetic and has no impact on the sound or playability, of course -- this is a killer mandolin and it's ready for many more years of gigs, jams and festivals! Priced with Calton hardshell case.
Please note: used instruments are, well, used. We pride ourselves on thoroughly vetting, and carefully photographing, each pre-owned instrument we sell, but many of them carry subtle signs of handling that can escape even the most discerning eye. If you have questions about the condition of this instrument, we invite you to call us for an in-hand description. We're here to help!