Collings MT2V A-Style Mandolin with Varnish Finish ID-6501
Collings MT2V A-Style Mandolin with Varnish Finish
The Collings MT2V is their 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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Specifications:Expected Arrival: 2012-5
Shipping Weight: 47
Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: Maple
Nut Width: 1 3/16"
Scale: 13 7/8"
Bracing: Tone Bars Bracing
Inlays: Diamonds & Squares
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard: 22 - fret radius
Nut Material: Bone
Bridge: Adjustable Ebony
Tuners: Gold with Ebony Buttons
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
Pickguard: Bound Ebony Pickguard
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo / Flourish peghead inlay
Neck Profile: V Shaped
Body Depth: 1 13/16"
Lower Bout Width: 9 15/16"
Body Length: 12 7/8"
Total Length: 27 7/16"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: High Gloss Varnish Finish
Misc. 3: Hand-engraved Collings tailpiece
Misc. 4: Adjustable truss rod