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Ellis Mandolins
Tom Ellis grew up near Houston and enjoyed woodworking in his teens – mostly building surfboards. He built his first mandolin in 1972, which began the course of his career as a luthier. The unique voice of Ellis mandolins was praised by David Grisman in a February '81 Frets Magazine article where he identied Tom as one of the top 5 mandolin builders alive. Tom and his shop were soon soon featured in the April '86 issue of Frets Magazine during the build of Ricky Skaggs' second Ellis F-5. That mandolin was also featured in Fine Woodworking Design Book Four. Every mandolin returns to Tom's bench for final setup and inspection before it begins its journey to a new home. The resulting instruments are beautiful, wonderful sounding works of art, enjoyed and played by musicians around the world.
Austin, Texas
Steve Smith, CJ Lewandowksi, Billy Bright, Baron Collins-Hill
F5 Tradition, F5 Reserve, F5 Special, Twin Point Special, A5 Special, A5 Deluxe, A4 Special
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