An excellent F-5 from mandolin-building veteran Tom Ellis of Austin, Texas. If you're unfamiliar with Ellis mandolins a quick visit to the "About" page of will provide all the education you need. Ellis's reputation for precision is something anyone familiar with Collings guitars and mandolins can easily gauge as Tom's Precision Pearl Inlay company does all the pearl work for Collings.

There's not much to describe about the condition of this F-5 Special, as despite the varnish finish being more fragile than lacquer it's in almost perfect condition with only very slight fret wear. The armrest shown in photo 14 is included should the next owner choose to use one. And btw, the sunburst coloring on the back, sides, and neck is more subtle than the bright lights in our little photo booth make it appear here (compare photo 14, which shows a portion of the upper side, to photos 5 & 6, for example, as photo 14 is far more accurate). Ellis no longer offers the Gibson-style fern headstock inlay, making this example impossible to replace with a new version, but for reference a new Ellis F-5 Special will set you back $12,500. Comes with the Calton case shown.

stock no. 56549

ModelF-5 Special Fern Mandolin
TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidescurly Maple
Nut width1 1/8"
Scale length14"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMaple
BracingTone Bars
Serial No330-15
TunersWaverly Gold w/ Pearl Buttons