Gorgeous, near mint F from Tom Ellis of Austin, TX. This one has a gorgeously figured one-piece quilted sugar maple back, sides, curly maple neck, gold plated Waverly tuners with mother of pearl buttons, a varnish finish and a master Grade Adirondack spruce top. Tom did the re-fret with EVO frets February 24, 2020, he also replaced the nut and made a new base for the bridge (not sure why but he did). The original base is in the compartment and is marked with the serial number on the bottom, just like the existing base. Tom says: "An heirloom quality work of art, the F5 Special sounds as good as it looks. Built from the finest quality tone woods, the radiused fingerboard and speed neck puts the focus of this instrument on playability. The Special sounds unquestionably richer, sweeter, and has more sustain that the typical Loar F5 voice found in many contemporary instruments. For the player looking for a more modern sound, the Ellis F5 Special is a unique instrument with a unique voice."