• Ellis Mandolins F5 Tradition Unveiled at IBMA

    Ellis F5 Tradition Limited Edition Mandolin

    Austin, TX — Ellis Mandolins has announced the unveiling of their new "F5 Tradition" mandolin. The newest addition to the Ellis Mandolins line will be on display in their booth at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina this week.


    • Side bound
    • Hot hide glue construction
    • Torrefied Red Spruce top
    • Two-piece figured Sugar Maple back
    • Shellac finish
    • Vintage style logo & headstock inlay
    • Elongated tortoise pick-guard
    • Gold James tailpiece
    • Waverly tuners

    The F5 Tradition will be a limited production instrument with a retail of $12,550.00.

    About Ellis Mandolins

    Tom Ellis of Ellis Mandolins builds one-of-a-kind, hand made mandolins in Austin, Texas. With a masterís touch and an artist eye for detail, Tom uses his 35 years of experience in instrument building to create heirloom quality works of art. He has spent a great deal of time studying every aspect of the mandolin. It has only been through this research that he has been able to acquire the best materials and crafts people to help with the process. Ellis mandolins are built one at a time. Furthermore, Tom personally does all the hand carving, graduating, neck shaping and final setup. In modern times, it could be done differently. However, Tom insists on quality his customers can be proud of for generations to come.

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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Don Grieser's Avatar
      Don Grieser -
      OK, IBMA attendees, we need a full report on these.
    1. geoffa's Avatar
      geoffa -
      There are some photos and videos of these on the Ellis Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ellismandolins/

      I look forward to hearing in-person impressions and thoughts!
    1. Ron McMillan's Avatar
      Ron McMillan -
      Tom has only added fuel to my dreams. If I'm ever in a position to order one, I'd ask for it without the pickguard that I feel obscures too much beautiful mandolin.
    1. yankees1's Avatar
      yankees1 -
      I have an Ellis F5 that Tom built for me three years ago and it is fantastic ! If you ever have the chance, visit Tom at his business ! Make a reservation first ! Also, ask Tom to show you his photography work as he is an excellent photographer !
    1. goose 2's Avatar
      goose 2 -
      Oh no!!! I have not had MAS for a very long time but that one visually speaks to me! I can’t wait to hear how it sounds!
    1. CWRoyds's Avatar
      CWRoyds -
      I have to say, Ellis might be my favorite builder.
      His mandolins are just so beautiful, and the sound is exactly what I desire in a mandolin.
      Some day.
    1. CHASAX's Avatar
      CHASAX -
      Went to Carter Vintage last week just to look.
      Went back the next day and bought an Ellis two point that had captured me.