Ellis
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

    Out of stock
    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 an exceptional Travelite case.




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  2. Ellis A5 Deluxe (used)

    Ellis A5 Deluxe (used)

    Out of stock
    Another stunning mandolin from Tom. Adirondack top, flamed maple back and sides, triple bound top, back and pickguard, ebony fretboard with 28.5 mm nut width, ebony bridge, engraved James tailpiece, abalone headstock inlay and a TKL case. The sound is incredible, loud and full with that incredible mid range pop that only the best f hole mandolins have. It is remarkably responsive, one of the loudest chops I've heard but sweet and resonant when asked.

    In excellent condition with some light playing marks.




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  3. Ellis F5 custom

    Ellis F5 custom

    A fantastic custom order.

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