MT O

Overview

MT OThe MT O combines our affordable satin finish and simplified appointments with the same quality construction and tone woods as our fully-appointed A-style models. With a fully carved Engelmann spruce top and maple back and sides, the MT O produces a rich, woody tone that one would expect from a professional quality mandolin. The oval sound hole accentuates the bass and low mid response while providing a warm, open tonality that is rich in overtones.

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 Englemann spruce top provides a warm, overtone rich sound with rich highs and excellent responsiveness.

Premium Tonewoods

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.

Playability

A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensure a comfortable setup and silky fret feel. A compound 7-11 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.

Satin Finish

Our nitrocellulose lacquer satin finish provides an excellent combination of flexibility, protection and affordability. While less labor intensive than our full gloss finishes, the satin finish allows the rich, full tone of the instrument to come through and creates a unique patina.

Hardware

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.

Appointments

The Collings MT features a single bound top and mother of pearl dot inlays. This basic aesthetic is designed to accentuate the simplified yet tasteful configuration of the MT model.

Sound-hole

An oval sound-hole is paired with X-style bracing to create a warm, open tonal response with rich overtones and an enhanced presence in the bass and low mids. A wide 1 3/16 inch nut and 13 fret neck join further distinguish the feel and tone of our oval hole mandolins from their F-style counterparts.

Make It Your Own

Collings mandolins feature several options including varieties of top wood, nut widths, inlays and more. Each Collings instrument can be configured to match your playing style and aesthetic preference

ConstructionA-style
ConstructionA-style
TopEngelmann spruce
TopAdirondack spruce
Back/Sides/NeckEastern flamed maple
Back/Sides/NeckEastern flamed maple
SoundholeOval hole
SoundholeF-holes
Body BindingTortoise (top)
Body BindingIvoroid with b/w top and side purfling
Fingerboard BindingNone
Fingerboard BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
Peghead BindingNone
Peghead BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
BracingTone bars
BracingX-brace
BridgeEbony w/ adjustable saddle
BridgeEbony w/ Adjustable Saddle
FingerboardEbony w/ MOP dots
FingerboardEbony w/ MOP dots
Nut1 3/16"
String Spacing1 9/16"
Neck ProfileRounded V
Neck JointDovetail
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Truss RodFully Adjustable
Peghead VeneerEbony w/ MOP Collings logo
TunersNickel Gotoh w/ black buttons
Scale Length13 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius7" - 11 5/8" compound
Body FinishSatin nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardNone
StringsD'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")
CaseDeluxe hardshell case by TKL
Neck Profile Diagram

*Actual measurments may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.

Body Length12 7/8"
Body Depth1 13/16"
Lower Bout Width9 15/16"
Total Length27 7/16"

Custom Options

  • Engelmann Spruce (standard)
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Black/White Top Purfling
  • Gloss Top

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