Ellis Standard Models
The Ellis standard models are the 000 small body guitar, slotted headstock 12 fret, the dreadnought and the OM, auditorium guitar, cutaway with wedge.
Here is what Carlisle Rogers had to say about the Ellis Standard Models in Australian Guitar Magazine Vol 55.
“Andrew has three main models, which he adjusts and blends depending on the client. His 000 utilises an Engelmann Spruce Top, and it’s a fingerstyle guitar, with slotted headstock and a wider fingerboard. “It’s all about getting the ultimate guitar to play with your fingers.”
The Ellis Dreadnought uses Adirondack Spruce – the holy grail of tops. “I know some guys in the States who will drive around the countryside, talk to farmers, select one tree, cut it down and chop it up and send it out to small makers.” Andrew reckons it’s this spruce that separates vintage guitars from current models.
His third model, a cutaway, incorporates Linda Manzer’s Wedge design. “The idea is that the side your arm goes over is thinner than the side that goes on your leg.” With the Wedge you can see the fingerboard while you stand up, and Andrew argues you can play longer with less stress on your neck and back.”
Graham Greene reported the following in “Groove” (The West Australian Music Magazine) Issue 10.
“Andrew Ellis specialises in making acoustic guitars from the finest local and imported woods and components, hand crafting them to suit players’ individual tastes and needs. He consults with customers throughout the construction process, ensuring that the smallest detail is attended to as far as materials and playability is concerned. After delivery of the finished instrument, Andrew maintains contact with each customer to perform any minor adjustments that may be necessary while the guitar is being played in. The result is an extremely rewarding experience for the player and the maker, seeing a finely crafted instrument reach its highest potential in their hands.”