Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish Quilted Maple Tobacco Sunburst

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There are mandolins, and then there's the Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish with a one-piece 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. 

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • Select Adirondack spruce top
  • Premium One Piece Quilted Maple Back
  • Premium Quilted Maple Sides & 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
  • Weldon Lister Fully Engraved Nickel Tailpiece
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Seral No. F1842

Free Freight: The Music Emporium is happy to provide free ground shipping on all merchandise priced over $100 and purchased online at This offer applies to all merchandise shipped within the 48 continental US States.* If you wish to expedite your shipment or your order doesn't qualify, we provide competitive rates. Once you enter your shipping info, you'll be given a selection of services from UPS, FedEx and USPS.

Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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