Ernest Lee Fischbach (Ernie) became a Luthier In 2008. He was taught and continues under the tutelage of the Master musical Instrument Maker David Dart. ELF Soundworks is Ernie Fischbach's company and the name is his initials. Ernie specializes in handmade Italian Style, Flat backed mandolins. Below are some photos of finished Instruments, and their happy new owners. Please inquire if you are interested in the purchase of a ELF Mandolin. Each Mandolin is individually handmade with care to every detail and most all feature custom original paintings, which is a trademark sign you have an ELF mandolin. Most mandolins are custom made, but often there is one or two available for immediate purchase. To inquire email Ernie
Mandolin Maker Ernest Fischbach, in costume for the Alta California Orchestra
with his own Elf Mandolin. Photos by Melissa Fischbach
Watch and listen to ELF mandolins being played:
ELF BRAND, HANDMADE CUSTOM MANDOLINS
- Click here for youtube video of "Ernie playing the Classical Mandolin"
- Click here for youtube video #1 of "Ernie playing the Standard Model Mandolin"
- Click here for 4 minute youtube video #2 of "Ernie playing the Standard Model Mandolin"
ELF MANDOLIN PRICES 2021:
Standard Model Prices Start at $1,950.00
Classical Mandolin (extended fingerboard) Prices Start at $3,500.00
Mondol Prices Start at $4,000.00
Custom Designed and hand-crafted tail pieces, in solid brass starting at $400
All mandolins are sold with hard shell case, pre- strung and ready to play!.
ELF CLassical Mandolin, Spruce face, African Makore back and sides, Maple Neck, Ebony fingerboard with abalone inserts, ebony and boxwood body edge inlay and grover tuners, comes pre strung with hard shell case, and an extra set of strings. AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE Please Inquire for Price: email Ernie
ELF Standard Mandolin; Spruce face, back and sides are Koa, neck is maple, head face is Koa. finger board is ebony with abalone inlay and hand crafted tail piece. AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE Please Inquire for Price: email Ernie
Algerian Style Mondol, Cypress body and neck with a Redwood face. NOT FOR SALE (Mondols can be ordered)
Old world style Classical Mandolin custom made for and SOLD to Master Musician David M Brown with additional hand crafted tail piece.
David M. Brown with his custom ELF Classical
Mandolin with Diamond sound hole, Back and Sides: Cypress and Mahogany. Face: Spruce, Neck: Mahogany. Rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlay. Grover tuners. SOLD to Ethan B.
Mandolin: Back and Sides: Cypress. Face; Spruce. Neck: Maple with birds eye oak overlay. Rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlay. Grover tuners. Ernie's Personal Mandolin NOT FOR SALE
Mandolin: Back and sides: Mahogany. Neck: Black walnut with redwood burl overlay. Face: Spruce. Rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlay. Grover tuners. SOLD to Lynn
Lynn Playing her ELF Mandolin
Yew back and sides, Spruce face, Black walnut neck, Rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlay. Grover tuners. Custom Order and SOLD to Chris M.
Chris playing her ELF Mandolin
Mandolin with Butterfly owned by Brian S.
Mandolin with flame maple back and sides, Black walnut neck with flame maple overlay. Rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlay. Grover tuners. SOLD to Kevin H.
Kevin H. rocks out with his ELF Soundworks Mandolin
Kevin's secound ELF Mandolin with handmade tail piece 2020
Ernie Fischbach, proudly uses and provides Nicola strings for all his handmade instruments.
Nicola even made custom strings for the ELF Mondol. Nicola Brand Strings Website
PHOTOS FROM THE WORKSHOP
Ernest Lee Fischbach Biography
Ernie Lee Fischbach is a musician, Luthier, Singer and voice over actor. He specializes in improvisation, based upon a solid foundation. His credentials include; California University-Anthropology, Ali Akbar College of Music, (North Indian Classical Music) Apprentice with Folklorist/Musician Bob Thomas and The San Francisco Voice Factory.
Ernest became enamored with East Indian music while studying Anthropology at Long Beach State University. At that time he was playing blues and folk music on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. In 1966 he recorded an album with fellow student, Charles Ewing who had studied Flamenco and Classical guitar in Spain. The album and the band were called "A Cid Symphony."
In 1967 Ernest began to study classical North Indian music with the great master Ali Akbar Khan, on the Sarod. He also married Deborah in 1967 and moved to Northern California to study and play music.
The Fischbach's met Bob Thomas at the California Renaissance Pleasure Faire and joined up with his band "The Golden Toad" who did a huge (23 performers) and magical Summer Solstice Concert at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, June 21st 1970. The "Toad" played music of the world with Ernie accompanying Bob Thomas (Bagpiper and Lutist) on Oboe, Bass Drum and Pipe and Tabor. He also led the group, playing Saz, Sarod, and Cumbus. Deborah danced and played Tamboura, Dumbek and other percussion.
Ernie with his Sarod at SweetsMill music camp 2001, "Time for an evening Raga!"
Ernest was the Band Leader and composer for
Jamila Salimpour's Belly Dance Troupe, "Bal~Anat" in 1969-73. His
music for Jamila has been called, "American Tribal".