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.
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.
|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||7" - 11 5/8" compound|
|Body Finish||High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer|
|Tailpiece||Collings original tailpiece|
|Strings||D'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")|
|Case||Deluxe hardshell case by TKL|