There are mandolins, and then there's the Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish with a quilted maple back and a custom, fully-hand-engraved tailpiece. Phew. This is the top-of-the-line F5-style mandolin from Collings, complete with every upgrade possible. It's enormously resonant, wide-open and chimey-sounding, with a crystalline high end that will rival any Loar. The inimitable balance is perhaps the most remarkable quality of this mandolin--every note on the fretboard rings true, loud and clear with perfect articulation. For bluegrass / new acoustic players specializing in fiddle tunes with heavy melodic variations, this may be the perfect instrument. 


  • Select Adirondack spruce top
  • Premium quilted maple back, sides and neck
  • Parallel tone bar bracing
  • F-soundholes
  • Grained ivoroid top/back/neck & peghead binding
  • Multiple black/white purflings
  • Full high-gloss varnish finish
  • Bound Florentine-style headstock
  • 13 Degree headstock angle
  • Ebony peghead overlay w/Collings logo and etched floral inlay
  • Bound ebony pickguard with black/white purfling
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Mortise and tenon neck joint
  • 22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
  • V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
  • 5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
  • 1 1/8" Bone nut
  • 13 7/8" Scale length
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
  • Hand-engraved one-piece nickel tailpiece
  • Waverly tuners with pearl buttons
  • Seral No. F2111

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