MF

Overview

MFThe MF is our satin finish F-model with simplified appointments. With a fully carved Adirondack spruce top and maple back and sides, the MF is built with the same quality construction as our fully-appointed models. These instruments produce the rich, woody tone that one would expect from a professional quality mandolin at an affordable price.

Mandolin Top Voicing

From the starting point of the wood's density and rigidity, each mandolin top is hand selected, evaluated, and carved to its own unique thickness; maximizing the tonal potential of each top. An Adirondack spruce top provides excellent clarity and focus with lots of projection and headroom.

Premium Tonewoods

Each of our mandolins, from our most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers who pick each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.

Playability

A combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensure a comfortable setup and silky fret feel. A compound 5 1/2 -11 5/8 fingerboard radius, V shaped neck profile, and 1 9/16 inch string spacing creates an exceptional playability that is versatile for a wide range of styles.

Satin Finish

Our nitrocellulose lacquer satin finish provides an excellent combination of flexibility, protection and affordability. While less labor intensive than our full gloss finishes, the satin finish allows the rich, full tone of the instrument to come through and creates a unique patina.

Hardware

Each mandolin bridge and pickguard are handmade of solid ebony here in the Collings shop. Our tailpieces offer convenient top loading and are made of bronze to enhance string resonance. Gotoh tuners provide a smooth tuning feel and reliable operation.

Appointments

The Collings MF features a single bound top and mother of pearl dot inlays. This basic aesthetic is designed to accentuate the simplified yet tasteful configuration of the MF model.

Sound-hole

F-style sound-holes are precision cut after the finish has been applied to ensure a thin, even finish across the top and exceptionally clean and elegant lines. F-style sound-holes are paired with dual tone bar bracing for excellent projection and bright articulate tone.

Make It Your Own

Collings mandolins feature several options including varieties of top wood, nut widths, inlays and more. Each Collings instrument can be configured to match your playing style and aesthetic preference

ConstructionF-style
TopAdirondack spruce
Back/Sides/NeckEastern flamed maple
SoundholeF-holes
Body BindingTortoise (top)
Fingerboard BindingNone
Peghead BindingNone
BracingTone bars
BridgeEbony w/ Adjustable Saddle
FingerboardEbony w/ MOP dots
Nut1 1/8"
String Spacing1 9/16"
Neck ProfileRounded V
Neck JointDovetail
FretsMedium 18% nickel-silver
Truss RodFully Adjustable
Peghead VeneerEbony w/ MOP Collings logo
TunersNickel Gotoh w/ black buttons
Scale Length13 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius5 1/2" - 11 5/8" compound
Body FinishSatin nitrocellulose lacquer
PickguardNone
StringsD'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")
CaseDeluxe hardshell case by TKL
Neck Profile Diagram

*Actual measurments may vary slightly due to hand-sanding and finishing variables.

Body Length12 7/8"
Body Depth1 13/16"
Lower Bout Width9 15/16"
Total Length27 7/16"

Custom Options

  • Adirondack Spruce (standard)
  • Engelmann Spruce
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • Gloss Top
  • Collings Traditional Case
    Collings original vintage-style cases are built in-house with absolutely no compromises, offering a custom fit and quality construction that is perfectly matched to Collings instruments. Learn more about Collings case offerings here.

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