For this particular Ellis F5, we diverted a little bit from our typical path. Although we've been known to gush over beautiful quilted wood and gorgeous inlay, with this mandolin the only directive was, "Pick the wood that's going to make the best sounding bluegrass mandolin available." And is this instrument ever a testament to Tom's ability to voice a mandolin! The hand-picked Sugar Maple back and Red Spruce top combine to produce the kind of sound we haven't heard from our other Ellis instruments. While they're always beautiful and rich-sounding, this one has an openness and degree of power that make it the perfect choice for a bluegrass player interested in a world-class mandolin. An absolute knockout. Priced with a Calton case made specially for Ellis.