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Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin - Sunburst - 2005

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Our Price: $6,299.00

Product Description

Consignment, no trades please!

Here we have an absolutely gorgeous Collings MF5 from 2005. This is the prime example of what you want an F-Style mandolin to play and sound like. It features a stunning Adirondack Spruce top, and some of the most beautiful flamed Maple that we've seen for the back and sides.  It's in amazing shape, and as soon as you strum it, you know it's perfect.  Collings' attention to detail is otherworldly - and it shows in the playability and sound of the instrument.  The mandolin was purchased from Bishop Violin Shop in 2006 and the shop owner had switched the original bridge to one made from ebony and bone.  Otherwise, it is all original. It is signed by Bill Collings on the inside, and it comes with the upgrade Collings handmade case, which are no longer in production.  

Condition: Excellent.  Very little signs of wear.  There is some light scratching on the top from use, but it is hard to see unless in the right light.  Little to no fretwear.  It has been fully looked over by our luthier.

Playability/Sound: The mandolin plays and sounds amazing.  It's loud and punchy, and will cut beautiful in a mix.  Single notes lines and fiddle tunes sing, and has bluegrass chop for days.  However, it's quite versatile and could handle a variety of playing styles.  The mandolin practically plays itself.  It's setup beautifully, and plays fast and smooth all the way up the neck. Once you pick it up, you wont want to put it down! 

Serial Number: 563

From Collings:

The 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.


  • Construction: F-style
  • Top: Adirondack spruce
  • Back/Sides/Neck: Eastern flamed maple
  • Soundhole: F-holes
  • Body: Binding Ivoroid with b/w side purfling
  • Fingerboard Binding: Ivoroid with b/w side purfling
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid with b/w side purfling
  • Bracing: Tone bars
  • Bridge: Non-Original
  • Fingerboard: Ebony w/ MOP dots
  • Nut: 1 1/8"
  • String Spacing: 1 9/16"
  • Neck Profile: Rounded V
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • 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
  • Case: Collings Handmade

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