MF5 OThe Collings MF5 O is our fully appointed F-model with a carved seasoned Adirondack spruce top and premium maple back and sides. The oval sound hole accentuates the bass and low mid response while providing a warm, open tonality that is rich in overtones. With its superb tone, elegant styling, 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.

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. 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 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.

High Gloss Finish

By meticulously hand-sanding between coats, our nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005” and .007” in final thickness, maximizing acoustic 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.


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

TopAdirondack spruce
Back/Sides/NeckEastern flamed maple
SoundholeOval hole
Body BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
Fingerboard BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
Peghead BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
BridgeEbony w/ adjustable saddle
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 and flourish
TunersNickel Gotoh w/ ivoroid buttons
Scale Length13 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius7" - 11 5/8" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
TailpieceCollings original tailpiece
StringsD'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")
CaseDeluxe hardshell case by TKL
Neck Profile Diagram

*Actual measurements 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

  • Adirondack Spruce (standard)
  • Engelmann Spruce
  • Birdseye Maple
  • Quilted Maple
  • Honey Amber
  • Blonde
  • Black Top
  • Merlot
  • Sheraton Brown
  • Tangerine Sunburst
  • Cream Top