The Collings MF is a sophisticated mandolin. Its F-style body shape and simple, refined stylings may be familiar in the mandolin world, but what makes the MF special is Collings' unmatched attention to detail. Constructed of the finest materials available and built with 21st-Century precision, the Collings MF is a serious instrument for serious players.
The Collings MF starts with a fully-carved Adirondack Spruce top. Each specific mandolin top is hand-selected for the right rigidity and density, and Adirondack Spruce is a great choice because it provides excellent clarity and focus with lots of projection and headroom. The top is then hard-carved to its own unique thickness, which maximizes the tonal potential of the instrument. For back and sides, only Eastern Flamed Maple will do. The overall precision of the build—particularly the delicate, graceful curves of the scroll—are on a level only achieved by Collings.
While the catalog-spec version is a stunning instrument in its own right, we couldn't resist ordering this MF (serial #MF2208) with some cosmetic upgrades. We love the subtle hues of a Collings sunburst, so we opted for contrasting Ivoroid top binding to make the sunburst pop. Plus, we upgraded the top finish to high-gloss instead of the stock satin. With an Ebony Pickguard, too, the result is a mandolin that catches your eye without being over-the-top. When executed on the level of Collings, simple details elicit timeless elegance.
- Body Style: F
- Top: Hand-Carved Adirondack Spruce
- Back/Sides/Neck: Eastern Flamed Maple
- Soundhole: F-holes
- Body Binding: Ivoroid Top Binding
- Bracing: Traditional Tone Bars
- Bridge: Ebony w/ Adjustable Ebony Saddle
- Saddle Spacing: 1-9/16"
- Fingerboard: Ebony w/ Mother-of-Pearl dots
- Nut: Bone, 1-1/8"
- Neck Profile: Rounded V
- Neck Joint: Dovetail
- Scale Length: 13-7/8"
- Fingerboard Radius: Compound 5-1/2" - 11-5/8"
- Top Finish: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Body Finish: Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Pickguard: Ivoroid-Bound Ebony
- Tailpiece: Cast Collings original tailpiece
- Case: Deluxe TKL Hardshell
This Collings MF produces powerful, rich tone and cutting mandolin chop. It is nicely balanced all the way up the fingerboard. A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensure a comfortable setup and silky fret feel. A compound fingerboard radius, V-shaped neck profile, and 1-1/8" nut width allow for exceptional playability that is versatile for a wide range of styles.