MF5The Collings MF5 is our fully appointed F-model with a carved seasoned Red spruce top and premium maple back and sides. With its superb tone, elegant stylings and unmatched playability, the MF5 is sure to please the most discerning eyes and ears.

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.


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.

High Gloss Finish

By meticulously hand-sanding between coats, our nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005 and .007 thousandths in final thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.


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.


The Collings MF5 features top, back, neck and peghead binding with black/white purflings and mother of pearl dot inlays. A mother of pearl Flourish inlay is also included on the peghead.


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

TopAdirondack spruce
Back/Sides/NeckEastern flamed maple
Body BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
Fingerboard BindingIvoroid with b/w side purfling
Peghead BindingIvoroid with b/w 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 flourish
TunersNickel Gotoh w/ ivoroid buttons
Scale Length13 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius5 1/2" - 11 5/8" compound
Body FinishHigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
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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