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2010 Collings MF5V, F-Style Mandolin, Adirondack Spruce, Bubble Maple, Wide Nut, Varnish - USED - SOLD



(USED) How fortunate we feel to have a Collings MF5-V to offer!  Production has slowed quite a bit in the Collings mandolin department, and our normally healthy inventory has been almost completely depleted since the beginning of the pandemic.  Indeed, we did some internet window shopping of our own, and there just aren't many Collings mandolins on offer, anywhere... let alone instruments with as visually fascinating a set of Kwazee Kwilted maple as this one!

Yes, this deeply figured "bubble" maple is very rare to find, and we've only gotten to order a handful of these sets over the years.  This may in fact be the first one we ever asked for, as this instrument sold originally in our shop back in 2010.  The pictures really say it all, beautifully book-matched and hypnotizing to look at, maple doesn't get much better than this! Based on current pricing, this mandolin would exceed $14,000 if ordered today. 

Visuals aside, this mandolin was also ordered for optimal tone and performance, having an Adirondack spruce top and the rare varnish finish.  Varnish goes on thinner than lacquer, and varnish instruments have a quicker response and an overall warmer tone, to our ears.  This particular instrument is louder than most, thanks to 12 years of use.  

There are some other welcome upgrades including Waverly tuners and ebony pick guard.  The nut width is the wide 1 3/16" option, which guitarists love, in particular.  Standard MF5 appointments include full ivoroid binding, headstock flourish and Collings tail piece.  Condition is excellent for its age, with only light fret wear, some light evidence of clip on tuners in the finish on the peghead, and a couple light dings in the "armrest" area of the top.  Includes original hard case (call to discuss a Calton or a Crossrock upgrade for this lifetime mandolin!!!)

Serial #1149 (2010)
AMW Price: $10,250 (Online checkout, on consignment)

For more information, email or call (412) 422-0710

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