MF5 Deluxe V

Overview

MF5 Deluxe VBuilt in very limited numbers, the MF5 Deluxe V tops our mandolin line. Multiple black/white purflings and elegant appointments accompany our most carefully selected tone woods in an impressive display of craftsmanship. With elaborate hand etched inlays, a fancy engraved tailpiece, and our ultra thin varnish finish, we present to you our flagship mandolin.

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. Our MF5 models are built with figured maples that are specially selected for exceptional figuring in addition to tonality.

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.

Varnish Finish

More flexible than lacquer, our alkyd resin based varnish finish allows for a rich, developed sound early in an instrument's life. Over time its warm amber patina and responsiveness only increase, creating an instrument of exceptional appearance and tone.

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. Waverly tuners provide a smooth tuning feel and reliable operation.

Appointments

Featuring the finest appointments of any Collings instrument, the Collings MF5 Deluxe V is our flagship mandolin. It features top, back, neck and peghead binding with black/white purflings and mother of pearl dot inlays. A bound ebony pickguard, fully engraved tailpiece, and hand-etched floral peghead inlay are also included.

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 BindingIvoroid with b/w top and side purfling
Fingerboard BindingIvoroid with b/w top and side purfling
Peghead BindingIvoroid with b/w top and side purfling
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 and deluxe flourish
TunersNickel Waverly w/ pearl buttons
Scale Length13 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius5 1/2" - 11 5/8" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss alkyd resin varnish
PickguardEbony w/ ivoroid binding
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
  • Birdseye Maple
  • Quilted Maple
  • Honey Amber
  • Blonde
  • Black Top
  • Merlot
  • Sheraton Brown
  • Tangerine Sunburst
  • 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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