We do get a bit jaded, seeing what seems like nothing but as-new trades and consignments here at TME. But this Collings MF5 Varnish is the exception to the rule. It's nearly 15 years old; and it's been played hard. Its most recent owner brought it in recently; and we did a fresh setup & cleaned the finish. It's looking great -- excellent condition, and just the right amount of that slightly matte texture that a well-traveled varnish finish acquires. The best part of this equation? SOUND. Hands down. This is easily one of the best sounding Collings mandolins we've ever heard. It's wide-open, woody, loud, punchy -- and all that with a high end that just won't quit. Looking for a Collings MF5 to play bluegrass with? You won't do better than this. Priced with its original Collings TKL case--call us and ask for Jordan if you'd like an in-hand description.

On consignment. 


  • Adirondack spruce top
  • Figured Maple back & sides
  • Parallel tone bar bracing
  • F-soundholes
  • Grained ivoroid top/back/neck & peghead binding
  • Multiple black/white purflings
  • Full high-gloss varnish finish
  • Bound Florentine-style headstock
  • 13 Degree headstock angle
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Mortise and tenon neck joint
  • 22-frets, neck joins the body at the 15th fret
  • V shaped neck profile with 1 9/16" string spacing
  • 5 1/2"-11 5/8" Compound fingerboard radius
  • 1 1/8" Bone nut
  • 13 7/8" Scale length
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Custom adjustable floating ebony bridge
  • Collings cast tailpiece
  • Nickel Waverly Tuners
  • TKL hard case
  • Seral No. 699

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