2003 Collings MF5 Mandolin with Adirondack Top ID-5330

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13 7/8"
Nut Width:
1 1/8"
Adirondack Spruce

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2003 Collings MF5 Mandolin with Adirondack Top

Collings has been building some of the most desirable mandolins in the business. This 2003 Collings MF5 mandolin from them is an excellent example of the master craftsmanship that goes into each instrument. The MF5 is Collings' fully appointed F-model. It has a carved, seasoned Adirondack Spruce top and premium maple back and sides. This early model sounds amazing!

This is the 97th F-Style mandolin that Collings built. It has aged beautifully with minor finish sinking and little to no play wear. The wood on this instrument has opened up considerably and sounds incredible with a thick punchy chop and highs that are pure, resonant, and complex. The tone lends itself more to the sound of Bill Monroe or Sam Bush than many contemporary mandolins, which are sometimes too smooth and refined. The high frequency overtones sound instantly familiar and those classic riffs sound right at home on this particular MF5. Wheel Hoss at 240bpm? Bring it on... this mandolin plays fast and easy with low action and immediate response!

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.

This mandolin has been extremely well taken care of and shows only the lightest playing wear. There is one dent along the binding that is too small to capture in the photograph. There is some minor scratching on the headstock from changing strings and a minor spot on the back near the tailpiece. Original Hardshell case included.


  • Model: MF5
  • Year: 2003
  • Serial Number: 97
  • Top: Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Flamed Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck: Maple
  • Tuners: Gold
  • Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Purfling: Black/White
  • Tone Bar Bracing
  • Bridge: Adj. Ebony
  • Bone Nut
  • Collings Original One-Piece Tailpiece
  • Nut Width: 1 1/8"
  • Body Length: 12 7/8"
  • Body Depth: 1 13/16"
  • Lower Bout Width: 9 15/16"
  • Total Length: 27 7/16"
  • Scale Length: 13 7/8"
  • Hardshell Case Included

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