E. F. Elliott
Based in Oklahoma, Ed Elliott built the scroll and 2-point electric 8-string models pictured here. Most of his mandolins feature custom hand-wound pickups. He writes: "I'm a guitar builder-player myself, but for some reason I built a batch of four mandos on a lark, and got a lot of response. I don't know why, but the mandolins are more fun to make than guitars."
One of Ed's early instruments found its way into the hands of one of the most conspicuous e-mando players in the United States (the Dixie Chicks' Martie Seidel). Ed says he built about 25 all told, then got busy with other things. He worked with the legendary Semie Moseley at Mosrite in the 1970s and '80s, and owns all of the old Mosrite shop equipment. When last heard from, he was tooling up a new production facility to build some more mandolins.
Rt. 3, Box 2480
Checotah, OK 74426