Ellis F5 Custom Mandolin - Pre-Owned  From Other

One-of-a-kind Ellis F5 Mandolin with stunning Sugar Maple back and sides, an Adirondack Red Spruce top, and a Shamrock inlay! 


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Sound Pure's dedication to pre-owned products is unprecedented in the industry. We are a small team of dedicated experts that buys, trades, and consigns. We are trusted by customers all over the world. Our curated collection, is thoroughly tested and inspected by some of the best in the business. Our inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website. Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history? Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece? Contact us now.
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What We Think

Absolutely stunning in every regard. I've never seen Maple quite like this, and I've never heard a mandolin sound so clear, crisp, and defined. Every square centimeter has been refined and considered to perfection. Truly a work of art. You lose yourself in the back. There's a whole universe in there. Its tone has a similar quality. You'll hear things in melodies and chords you never thought possible. This was a custom piece. The Maple was the best piece available and the inlay lends a celtic charm. 


Ellis F5 Custom Mandolin w/ Andy Wood - Quick n' Dirty

The Ellis F5 Custom Mandolin is truly one of a kind. The craftsmanship of the F5 matches its powerful, dry tone in stellar quality. The shamrock inlay on top serves to connect this work of art to its past in celtic traditions. Here, you'll see it come alive in the hands of Andy Wood, world-champion mandolin and guitar player (earning him the nickname "Shredneck"!). This mandolin is available for SoundPure’s "Try Before You Buy" program, so if you want to hear how it sounds in your studio, shoot us an email at Acoustics@SoundPure.com, or call us anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

Manufacturer's Description from Other

Tom Ellis of Ellis Mandolins, builds one of a kind, hand made mandolins in Austin, Texas.  With a master’s 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 that he can be proud of for generations to come.

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About Manufacturer

Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Back:  Special private stock maple

Top: Adirondack red spruce

Binding:  White/Black/Ivoroid top, back, side and peghead


Finish:  Cremona sunburst with hand rubbed oil varnish


Hardware:  Custom adjustable Ellis bridge, Custom hand engraved Bill James tailpiece, gold


Tuners:  Waverly gold, pearl buttons


Inlay:  Pearl logo, classic solid abalone inlay, custom shamrock


Pickguard:  Triple bound ebony


Neck: Unfinished, speed neck

Case: Custom Pegasus Hard-shell with Plaid lining

Case Cover: Small Dog

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