In 1999, Bill Collings introduced the first Collings mandolins, which like his guitars, quickly set new standards for the industry. For inspiration, Bill relied heavily on Tim O'Brien's famous Nugget A5, and until 2001, Collings only constructed A-model mandolins, producing a total of 129 As before F-models rolled out in 2002. Those early Collings mandolins are well-known and sought-after because they are remarkably versatile, evenly-voiced instruments with huge dynamic range. Playing one is an inspiring experience, and when one is your hands, Bill's meticulous attention to detail and hands-on approach shine through.
This Collings MT2 was made in 2001, and it bears serial number 121. It was hand-selected by the folks at Collings for Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, and it is consigned to Telluride Music from Drew. It is in excellent cosmetic condition and shows two distinct early specs: 1) the darker, more traditional sunburst finish 2) the earlier tailpiece design. Drew removed the finish from the back of the neck because he prefers speed necks, and he installed a (now-unavailable) LR Baggs Saddle pickup for use on the stage. It features a carved Adirondack Spruce top and gorgeous Eastern Flamed Maple back and sides. As for tone, this mandolin is full-sounding, warm and loud for A. While it will have no trouble cutting through the mix in a band setting, it possesses more depth than your typical bluegrass mandolin.