This Collings MFGT is an F-style that has a Gloss Top with a satin finished back, sides and neck. The MFGT Model features a single bound ivoroid top and mother of pearl dot inlays. This particular upgraded aesthetic tastefully enhances the traditional configuration of the MF model. F-style sound-holes are precision cut after the finish has been applied to ensure a thin, even finish across the top and exceptionally clean and elegant lines. F-style sound-holes are paired with dual tone bar bracing for excellent projection and bright articulate tone. Each mandolin bridge and pickguard are handmade of solid Ebony in the Collings shop. The tailpieces offer convenient top loading and are made of bronze to enhance string resonance. Gotoh tuners provide a smooth tuning feel and reliable operation. With a fully carved Adirondack spruce top and maple back and sides, every MF is built with the same quality construction.
From the starting point of the wood's density and rigidity, each mandolin top is hand selected, evaluated, and carved to its own unique thickness; maximizing the tonal potential of each top. An Adirondack spruce top provides excellent clarity and focus with lots of projection and headroom. Each mandolin, from the most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand selected by master luthiers who pick each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.
The combination of exacting PLEK machine leveling and hand fret dressing ensure a comfortable setup and silky fret feel. A compound 5 1/2 -11 5/8 fingerboard radius, V shaped neck profile, and 1 9/16 inch string spacing creates an exceptional playability that is versatile for a wide range of styles. A nitrocellulose lacquer satin finish provides an excellent combination of flexibility, protection and affordability. While less labor intensive than their full gloss finishes, the satin finish allows the rich, full tone of the instrument to come through and creates a unique patina.