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(See video for playing sample...)
I have a very special instrument up for sale. Last month I was fortunate enough to win the 2017 National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS for the second time (first time was in 2006). It was an absolute honor to come home with a mandolin again, especially one as fine as this Ellis F5. However, since I already have my main axe, this prize would be more useful to me if I could invest some of the money into my upcoming recording project this winter.
So let me tell you a little about this stunning tone monster. It was finished the week before the contest in September and is still in pristine condition. Here are some specs...
-Top and side bound
-engraved James tailpiece
-bound ebony pick guard
-custom headstock inlay saying "2017"
-Waverly mother of pearl and gold tuners
-Red spruce top and two-piece maple back
(headstock has very tasteful design with nothing overtly commemorating Walnut Valley Festival)
As far as the sound, see youtube link above. This is possibly the best Ellis I have played, which is saying a lot since it is brand new. I previously owned a 2006 Ellis, and this mandolin is far beyond that one in terms of tone. It has an incredible chop and powerful, rich tone. Well balanced.
Customary 48-hour approval period, buyer pays shipping and insurance. Comes with brand new travelite case. (I have a used Calton if interested. Ask for details.)