Browsing Collings Mandolins

Collings mandolins are hand-crafted in Austin, TX, built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, “fit and finish” and playability, Collings strive to create a new benchmark of quality in mandolins. Artisan Guitars offers f-hole and oval hole mandolins from Collings at a variety of different wood and appointment levels. Please browse our models below or contact us for information regarding a special order.

 
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SOLD: Pre-Owned Collings MT2 Mandola with Tortoise Bindings and Bound Pickguard

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 Pre Owned Collings MT2 Mandola with Tortoise Bindings and Bound Pickguard

We are very pleased to offer another Collings MT2 Mandola featuring a gloss sunburst top and gloss flamed maple back and sides, finished off by a tortoise bound ebony pickguard. This instrument can be smooth and sweet or powerful and dominant, depending on how it's played. Everything we love about Collings masterbuilt mandolins is present in this Mandola,  magnified by the much larger body and lower tuning, offering smooth response and playability with rich low end and clear, pleasing trebles.

Adirondack Spruce is the featured topwood on this mandola, offering virtually unlimited power and crystal clear treble.  Flamed maple back and sides is a classic wood for the back and sides of mandolin family instruments, offering a bright, punchy, immediate tone. The 2 piece flamed back of this instrument is gorgeous, especially when set off by the tortoise bindings and ebony pickgaurd. Come and play this instrument today... you won't regret it!

This Collings Mandola is in excellent condition with only a few minor scratches on the pickguard, top and back. These scratches are barely visible and could not be photographed. It includes the original hardshell case.

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SOLD: Collings MT2V A-Style Mandolin with Varnish Finish

 Collings MT2V A Style Mandolin with Varnish Finish

The MT2V is Collings' fully appointed A-model, built with an Adirondack Red Spruce top and premium flamed Maple back and sides and finished with a hand-rubbed varnish. The luthiers at Collings use an alkyd resin varnish on their varnish finished mandolins and guitars. It does not have the sheen or gloss of lacquer, but has a deeper looking luster like early oil varnishes from the 1800s or the early Loar instruments. The process takes a lot more time, both in application and drying, and is certainly not conducive to volume production. The difference in tone, however, more than make up for this. The varnish creates a faster response with deeper and warmer treble, and a greater overall dynamic range.

This mandolin has a tone that is rich in low mids and very smooth in the treble range. The Varnish finish makes the Collings MT2 that much warmer, making the tone sound much deeper with lots of warmth and definition. A custom nut width of 1 3/16" gives your left hand plenty of room to fret notes cleanly and accurately and is especially nice when transitioning from guitar to a mandolin.

This Collings MT2V also features custom gold tuners with ebony buttons, custom Diamond and Squares Fingerboard inlays, and a custom bound ebony pickguard, which aside from being both functional and visual, actually balances the tone when recordings, similar to engaging a high-pass filter on the microphone. It reduces proximity effect, or the boominess that can arise when recording close miked. The pickguard will also do an exceptional job at protecting that beautiful dark varnish sunburst.

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SOLD: Collings MT2 O Mandolin

 Collings MT2 O Mandolin

Collings MT2 O Mandolin

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, fit and finish, and playability, they strive to create a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The long awaited oval holes have become a reality with the MT2 O. Collings fully appointed oval hole A-model, the MT2 O includes a high-gloss lacquer finish and full bindings. Built with select Adirondack spruce and eastern maples, these mandolins produce a rich and vibrant tone that is well-suited for celtic, old-time, classical and jazz styles.

This MT2 O is gorgeously appointed with a cutom Gloss Varnish Blonde Finish, flourish headstock inlay and Ivory Tuners. Hardshell Case Included.

Specifications:

  • Top: Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Maple
  • Scale: 13 7/8"
  • Nut Width: 1 3/16"
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Bracing: X-Bracing
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: Flourish Inlay
  • Tuners: Gold Gotoh
  • Inlays: Dots
  • Rosette: Grained Ivoroid and bound Sound-Hole
  • Purfling: Black/White
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
  • Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Body Depth: 1 13/16"
  • Lower Bout Width: 9 15/16"
  • Blonde
  • List Price: $3900
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SOLD: Collings MF5 Mandolin F-Style with Ivoroid Binding

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 Collings MF5 Mandolin F Style with Ivoroid Binding

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, fit and finish, and playability, they strive to create a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The MF5 is Collings’ fully appointed F-model with a carved, seasoned Adirondack Spruce top and premium maple back and sides.  The tone is thick and rich, with clear resonant highs that never sound thin. The Ebony fretboard plays extremely fast, making those bluegrass classics a breeze at any tempo, although the tone of this instrument is versatile enough to fit well into any genre from Irish to Classical. Not only does this mandolin have tremendous playability the tone of this mandolin is very distinct, with clear high end with plenty of headroom to make sure the mandolin is heard over a group jam session.

To complete the package, this MF5 is finished with a gorgeous sunburst that allows the Adirondack Spruce top to show off it's grain as well as an equally beautiful flamed maple back and sides. The sunburst is elegantly complimented by an Ivoroid bound body as well as a bound Ebony fretboard and headstock.

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SOLD: Collings MT A-Style Mandolin Engelmann Spruce and Maple

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 Collings MT A Style Mandolin Engelmann Spruce and Maple

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, "fit and finish" and playability, they achieve a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The Collings MT Mandolin is a standard A-model with simplified appointments. The top is a wonderful fully carved Engelmann spruce with a Black Gloss Finish complimented by flamed maple back and sides with a satin finish. Engelmann is highly responsive without requiring a heavy pick attack. This tonewood is known for warm, lush, thick sounds with a smooth high end and punchy midrange. It doesn't need to be played hard to sound great, although it handles heavy playing quite well too.

To complete the package, this custom MT also features custom Ivoroid bindings, bound Ebony pickguard, and Nickel tuners with black buttons. The Ivoroid bindings and bound Ebony pickguard make for a very classy look, complimenting the Black gloss finish perfectly. These additional features really make the MT stand out, with a very classy and traditional appearance.

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SOLD: Collings MT Mandolin Engelmann Spruce and Maple A-Style

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 Collings MT Mandolin Engelmann Spruce and Maple A Style

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, "fit and finish" and playability, they achieve a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The Collings MT Mandolin is a standard A-model with simplified appointments. The top is a wonderful fully carved Engelmann spruce with flamed maple back and sides as well as a Satin Finish. Engelmann is highly responsive without requiring a heavy pick attack. This tonewood is known for warm, lush, thick sounds with a smooth high end and punchy midrange. It doesn't need to be played hard to sound great, although it handles heavy playing quite well too.

To complete the package, this custom MT also features Tortoise bindings with Black/White Purfling and Nickel tuners with black buttons. The Tortoise bindings and bound ebony pickguard make for a very classy look, complimenting the satin finish perfectly. These additional features really make the MT stand out, with a very classy and traditional appearance.

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SOLD: 2010 Collings MF5-O Series F-Style Mandolin w/ Quilted Maple

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 2010 Collings MF5 O Series F Style Mandolin w/ Quilted Maple

F-hole mandolins have dominated the bluegrass scene for decades; due in part to Bill Monroe's faithful use of a 1923 Gibson F-5. While bluegrass has a strong foothold here in Nashville, the oval-hole mandolin has had a place in music for centuries. We are thrilled to see Collings produce a line of oval-hole mandolins.

The MF5-O is Colling's Oval Soundhole F-model with full appointments. This instrument is appointed with a beautiful grained ivoroid top binding, nickel tuners, and lacquered sunburst finish. The MF5-O is right at home playing jazz and blues to celtic and classical pieces - without missing a beat in a bluegrass circle. The oval hole allows for more emphasis on the richness of the bass and midrange. The larger soundhole brings a lush, warmth and supple tone with fuller sustain then the f-hole offers. This MF5-O featuring a fully carved Adirondack spruce top and gorgeous quilted maple back and sides. Seriously, one of the most fantastic sets of maple we have seen! With its superb tone, elegant stylings and unmatched playability, the Collings MF5-O is sure to please the most discerning eyes and ears.

This pre-owned Collings is in fantastic shape with the two minor dents on the top as shown in the detailed photos. The first is below the soundhole, the second is near the tailpiece on the bass side. There are some minor buff mark scratches that we tried to photograph to the best of our ability, as well as a few string change scratches on the headstock. The original hardshell case is included.

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SOLD: Collings MT Engelmann Spruce and Maple A-Style With Satin Finish

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 Collings MT Engelmann Spruce and Maple A Style With Satin Finish

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, "fit and finish" and playability, they achieve a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The MT is Collings' standard A-model with simplified appointments. The top is a wonderful fully carved Engelmann spruce with flamed maple back and sides as well as a Satin Finish. Engelmann is highly responsive without requiring a heavy pick attack. This tonewood is known for warm, lush, thick sounds with a smooth high end and punchy midrange. It doesn't need to be played hard to sound great, although it handles heavy playing quite well too.

To complete the package, this custom MT also features grained ivoroid bindings and nickel tuners with ivoroid buttons. The ivoroid bindings and bound ebony pickguard make for a very classy look, complimenting the satin finish perfectly. These additional features really make the MT stand out, with a very classy and traditional appearance.

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SOLD: 2006 Collings MT Mandolin Gloss Top A-Style Sunburst Engelmann Spruce

 2006 Collings MT Mandolin Gloss Top A Style Sunburst Engelmann Spruce

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, "fit and finish" and playability, they achieve a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

The MT is Collings'  standard A-model with simplified appointments.  Normally the finish is satin throughout, but this MT features a custom gloss finished top, which sweetens the tone a bit compared to the satin top.  The top is  a wonderful fully carved Engelmann spruce with flamed maple back and sides.  Engelmann is highly responsive without requiring a heavy pick attack.  This tonewood is known for warm, lush, thick sounds with a smooth high end and punchy midrange.  It doesn't need to be played hard to sound great, although it handles heavy playing quite well too.

To complete the package, this custom MT also features grained ivoroid bindings and nickel tuners with ivoroid buttons.  These additional features really make the MT stand out, with a very classy and traditional appearance.

This used instrument has a ding on the back, as pictured.  There are some scratches on the headstock, also pictured.  There are also scratches on the top, around the bottom f-hole, pictured.  There is some oxidation on the tailpiece.  Original hardshell case included.

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SOLD: Collings MTO Custom Oval Hole Mandolin Black Face with Honey Amber Back and Sides

 Collings MTO Custom Oval Hole Mandolin Black Face with Honey Amber Back and Sides

Collings MTO is an oval hole a-style mandolin featuring an engelmann spruce top over flamed maple.  These mandolins produce a rich and vibrant tone that is well-suited for celtic, old-time, classical and jazz styles.

This custom mandolin was ordered with a gloss back top and satin honey-amber sunburst back and sides.  The bindings are all tortoise, with no purflings at all, selected intentionally to blend in with the black finish.  Even the ebony pickguard is bound in tortoise without purfle lines... it is gorgeous!

The finishing touches on this mandolin is the hardware... gold tailpiece and tuning machines with ebony tuning buttons.

This mandolin has a very sweet, full tone and is highly responsive across the spectrum.  Engelmann spruce is one of the softest varieties of spruce and therefore is very warm and responsive with even the lightest pick attack.  The trebles are smooth and pure, balanced perfectly with the midrange.

This mandolin came in pre-sold as a custom order... contact us today about ordering a similar instrument.

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SOLD: 2009 Collings MF5 Mandolin F-Style Adirondack Spruce and Maple

 2009 Collings MF5 Mandolin F Style Adirondack Spruce and Maple

Hand-crafted in Austin, TX, Collings mandolins are built with finest seasoned spruce and eastern maple. With equal emphasis placed on tone, fit and finish, and playability, they strive to create a new benchmark of quality in mandolins.

This 2009 MF5 is Collings fully appointed F-model with a carved seasoned Red spruce top and premium maple back and sides. This particular mandolin has a beautiful amber sunburst top with grained ivoroid bindings on the neck and body, with a beautiful black/white side purfling.

The tone of this instrument is exactly what we've come to expect out of Collings... it is rich, thick and meaty with lots of punch and a great chop.  Playability on Collings' mandolins are hard to beat, and this one plays like a dream with low action and surprising responsiveness.

There are some very light finish scratches on the headstock area, with a scratch near the left tuners from string changes.  The tailpiece shows some wear, as pictured.  Original Collings hardshell case included.

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SOLD: Collings MF5-O F-Style Mandolin with Oval Sound Hole and Blonde Finish

 Collings MF5 O F Style Mandolin with Oval Sound Hole and Blonde Finish

The MF5 O is Collings' fully appointmed oval hole F-style model. The larger oval sound hole and extra mass of the F-style body produce rich and vibrant tone that is well suited for jazz, swing, classical, celtic and old-time styles... without missing a beat in bluegrass circles. With a high gloss lacquer blonde finish and elegant curves, this mandolin is a class act.

This particular MF5-O features a blonde finish with tortoise bindings and headstock overlay that compliment the finish perfectly.   The tortoise headstock overlay, which we are not accustomed to seeing,  is especially beautiful on this instrument.  The back and neck is flamed maple and the flamed finish on the neck is a remarkable match to the back of the mandolin.

The topwood on this instrument is Adirondack Spruce, providing a distinct, clear high end with plenty of headroom to make sure the mandolin is heard over a group jam session.  Combined with the oval sound hole, the tone is very round, open, and uncompressed with tones much richer and fuller than it's f-hole siblings.

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