Sole luthier mandolins from £4500

Tom Ellis started his first mandolin in 1972. In the nineteen seventies he made several mandolins for Ricky Skaggs. In nineteen eighty-one David Grisman, in an interview for "Frets" magazine, said Tom was one of the top five mandolin makers.

In 1993 Tom started Precision Pearl Inlay, adapting CNC technology to making inlays for the guitar industry. In 2004 he turned his attention back to mandolins using his experience of technology to do the tedious and repetitive work and his long experience as a luthier to do the rest. Tom personally hand fishes, assembles and voices each mandolin.

When I last met with my oldest mandolin making friend, Senor Bussmann of Nueva Meh–ico, a man of great intuition and little technology he was raving about the tone and consistency of Tom’s work. A greater recommendation cannot be had.

  1. Ellis F5 Special

    Ellis F5 Special

    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £279.41 per month with 10% deposit
    Awesome! Impeccable workmanship, unbeatable traditional looks and sound to die for. Red spruce (Adirondack) top, flamed sugar maple back and sides, Waverly tuners, radiussed ebony fretboard with 28mm nut width, ebony bridge, raised pickguard and abalone and mother of pearl headstock inlay. The sound is very deep, full and rich with great volume and projection. It responds to the most aggressive bluegrass or the gentlest caress, mandolins don't get any better than this.

    With Travelite case.

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  2. Ellis A4 Special (used)

    Ellis A4 Special (used)

    Out of stock
    ON HOLD. Another stunning mandolin from Tom. Adirondack top, flamed maple back and sides, triple bound top, back and pickguard, ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, engraved James tailpiece, abalone headstock inlay and a Superior case. The sound is delightful, loud and full with that incredible mid range that Tom is famous for. It is remarkably responsive and sweet and resonant with great projection and balance.

    In excellent condition.

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  3. Ellis A4 Deluxe

    Ellis A4 Deluxe

    Out of stock
    A gorgeous blonde top A4 from Tom. Its in Red (Adirondack) spruce and the most beautiful flamed red maple and has an ebony fretboard, pickguard and bridge, engraved James tailpiece, triple bound top, back and headstock, abalone inlay and logo, rope-style rosette and a TKL case.

    The sound is everything a great oval hole mandolin should be, rich and resonant with deep and sonorous bass notes, sweet and complex mids and clear, sparkling trebles. And non of the boom that comes with some lesser oval holes.

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  4. Ellis F5 Deluxe

    Ellis F5 Deluxe

    Out of stock
    A truly wonderful instrument.

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  5. Ellis F5 custom

    Ellis F5 custom

    A fantastic custom order.

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