FRETS.COM New Instrument Review
June 29, 2003

Working without a net. . .
Collings MF-5 Blond

© Frank Ford, 2003; Photos by FF

Immediately after their introduction, the Collings F-5 mandolins have dominated the scene at Gryphon's mandolin department. With the customary fit and finish, it was no problem for Collings to make us this stunning blond one! As any maker will tell you, there's no way to hide flaws in wood or workmanship under a clear glossy blond finish. A typical Collings touch is to apply a lightly amber tinted lacquer only on the wood, not the ivoroid binding. That way the binding looks like ivoroid and the wood has a vintage coloration. It's more work than simply blasting the same color over the entire instrument, but that's just one more reason the Collings instruments stand out in the crowd.

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