Collings MT A-style mandolin with optional 1-3/16" wide nut, gloss top finish, and ivoroid binding.
About the MT
The MT is a simplified version of Collings' more ornate MT2. It's also Collings' most affordable mandolin, making it an ideal choice for players who seeking a quality US-made mandolin without all the bells and whistles.
By omitting certain cosmetic elements, Collings is able to offer the MT at more budget-friendly price point without compromising their legendary craftsmanship, playability, and tone.
The default appointments of an MT include:
Englemann top with flame maple back/sides
Top bound body
Plain headstock with no inlay except for the Collings logo
We often order our MT mandolins with upgrades like a high-gloss top finish or ivoroid binding. These upgrades will be noted in the specs and price breakdown.
Engelmann Spruce Top
Englemann spruce is relatively light and soft compared to Sitka or Adirondack. It tends to be warm, sweet, smooth, and generally less "harsh" than other common top woods.
Engelmann typically isn't as powerful or treble-heavy as Adirondack. It also tends to have a bit less "headroom," meaning that it loses a bit of clarity and definition during hard playing.
The rich, full tonal qualities of Englemann make it an ideal choice for those seeking warmth and complexity over volume and power. Many soloists and players with a lighter touch are fond of Engelmann because it offers a full tone and balanced response without the need for heavy picking.
As the heart and soul of an instrument's tone, the top is arguably the most crucial component of a Collings mandolin. That's why each top is carefully hand selected and carved to the optimal thickness.
Every Collings mandolins is built with the finest tonewoods available. Even their more affordable models like the MT or MF are made using beautiful, high grade wood.
Like the tops, the back and sides are chosen individually and carefully mated with tops in an effort to create the best tone possible.
Collings employs a combination of PLEK'ing and hand dressing to ensure a flawless factory setup. Collings mandolins play beautifully right out of the box, but their tight tolerances make adjusting them to your play style a breeze.
A compound 5-1/2" to 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.
Bridges and pickguards are handmade of solid ebony in-house by Collings.
Their cast tailpieces offer convenient top loading and are made of bronze to enhance string resonance. Gotoh tuners provide a smooth tuning feel and reliable operation.
Gloss Top w/ Satin Back & Sides
A nitrocellulose lacquer gloss top provides a nuanced harmonic response and high end aesthetics while a satin back and sides contribute affordable and durable protection with excellent tone.
Back & Sides
D'Addario Medium EJ74 (11 - 40)
Collings TKL Deluxe Geib-Style Case
Eastern flamed maple
Ebony w/ Adjustable Saddle
Ebony w/ MOP dots
Medium 18% nickel-silver
Ebony w/ MOP Collings logo
Nickel Gotoh w/ black buttons
5-1/2" - 11-5/8" compound
High gloss nitrocellulose180
Satin nitrocellulose lacquer
D'Addario EJ74 (.011" - .040")
Deluxe hardshell case by TKL
Founded by Bill Collings in 1973, Collings Guitars has grown to become one of the most respected names in acoustic music.
Tejon Street Music is proud to be one of the largest Collings dealers on the Front Range and a top 10 dealer in 2016.
There are few builders who can match Collings when it comes to fit and finish.
Their instruments have clean, sharp lines and mirror-like finishes. Even small details like the meticulously polished saddle and the crisp inlay work demonstrate Collings' uncompromising devotion to quality.
This fanatical attention to detail results in instruments that look as beautiful they sound.
Every Collings acoustic guitar, from their most affordable model to the highest end, are built with the finest tonewoods available. Each wood is acquired, acclimated, and hand-picked by Collings' master luthiers who choose each component with the whole tonality of the end instrument in mind.
Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Collings hand-voices each acoustic guitar top by sanding and carving it to the optimal thickness. This means that the character of the wood is shaped by a human ear and not an arbitrary number on a drum sander.
While tone is a subjective topic, we feel Collings instruments tend to have a complex, focused voice with excellent clarity and single note definition.
They're extremely responsive, so you don't need to work very hard to produce great tone. That said, when you dig in you'll find that Collings guitars are some of the loudest, most powerful acoustic instruments around.
Every instrument naturally has its own unique personality depending on body size and tonewoods, but Collings' meticulous voicing and exacting construction techniques ensure that each guitar sounds as good as it possibly can.
Collings guitars and mandolins play exceptionally well right out of the box thanks to a combination of PLEK machine fret leveling and the skilled work of a Collings setup tech.
Most players love the factory setup, but we're always happy to set up your new instrument to your exact preferences. The precision engineering of a Collings product means that we can work at tighter tolerances and make your guitar play EXACTLY the way you want.
One aspect of a Collings instrument that is difficult to capture in photos is the flat, glassy quality of their finish. It really has to be seen to be appreciated!
Collings' standard nitrocellulose lacquer finishes measure between .005" and .007" in thickness, maximizing acoustical response while providing excellent protection and aesthetics.
With the exception of certain hardware items, Collings makes nearly all components in house. Even simple parts like bridge pins and pickguards are fabricated in the Colling shop.
Collings also takes advantage of the latest technology in CNC and laser cutting to eliminate variance and ensure that each instrument meets Bill's incredibly high standards
This tight control over every facet of production means that Collings instruments are incredibly consistent in terms of build quality, playability, and tone.
The big guys are making amazing instruments, but Collings' lower production levels mean that each guitar or mandolin gets a level of personal care and attention that's just not possible on a large production scale.
A few numbers to put things in perspective: Over the last several years, Collings produced around about 1,500 flat top guitars a year, or roughly four a day. The major US-based brands build 400 to 500 guitars a day.
Collings instruments have a lifetime warranty to the original owner.
In the 10+ years we've been a Collings dealers we can count the number of warranty issues we've had on one hand, but it's nice to know the protection is there if you need.