MF5The Collings MF5 is our fully appointed F-model with a carved seasoned Red spruce top and premium maple back and sides. With its superb tone, elegant stylings and unmatched playability, the MF5 is sure to please the most discerning eyes and ears.
Mandolin Top Voicing
From the starting point of the wood's density and rigidity, each mandolin top is hand selected, evaluated, and carved to its own unique thickness; maximizing the tonal potential of each top. An Adirondack spruce top provides excellent clarity and focus with lots of projection and headroom.
Each of our mandolins, from our most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers who pick each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind. Our MF5 models are built with figured maples that are specially selected for exceptional figuring in addition to tonality.
A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensure a comfortable setup and silky fret feel. A compound 5 1/2 -11 5/8 fingerboard radius, V shaped neck profile, and 1 9/16 inch string spacing creates an exceptional playability that is versatile for a wide range of styles.
High Gloss Finish
By meticulously hand-sanding between coats, our nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005 and .007 thousandths in final thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
Each mandolin bridge and pickguard are handmade of solid ebony here in the Collings shop. Our tailpieces offer convenient top loading and are made of bronze to enhance string resonance. Gotoh tuners provide a smooth tuning feel and reliable operation.
The Collings MF5 features top, back, neck and peghead binding with black/white purflings and mother of pearl dot inlays. A mother of pearl Flourish inlay is also included on the peghead.
F-style sound-holes are precision cut after the finish has been applied to ensure a thin, even finish across the top and exceptionally clean and elegant lines. F-style sound-holes are paired with dual tone bar bracing for excellent projection and bright articulate tone.
|Back/Sides/Neck||Eastern flamed maple|
|Body Binding||Ivoroid with b/w side purfling|
|Fingerboard Binding||Ivoroid with b/w side purfling|
|Peghead Binding||Ivoroid with b/w side purfling|
|Bridge||Ebony w/ Adjustable Saddle|
|Fingerboard||Ebony w/ MOP dots|
|String Spacing||1 9/16"|
|Neck Profile||Rounded V|
|Frets||Medium 18% nickel-silver|
|Truss Rod||Fully Adjustable|
|Peghead Veneer||Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo and flourish|
|Tuners||Nickel Gotoh w/ ivoroid buttons|
|Scale Length||13 7/8"|
|Fingerboard Radius||5 1/2" - 11 5/8" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Tailpiece||Collings original tailpiece|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")|
|Case||Collings Traditional Handcrafted Case|
Kym Warner, Jesse Cobb, Andy Falco - "Big Sciota"
Kym Warner (MF5 V), Jesse Cobb (MF5 O V), and Andy Falco (D1 A) with their version of "Big Sciota."
Jesse Cobb, Kym Warner, Andy Falco - "The Star of the County Down"
Jesse Cobb (MF5 V), Kym Warner (MF), and Andy Falco (D1 A) perform their version of "The Star of the County Down."
Jesse Cobb - MF5
Jesse Cobb of The Infamous Stringdusters plays "Billy in the Low Ground" on a Collings MF5.