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Northfield 4th Gen Artist Series F5 Mandolin -Discontinued


Northfield 4th Generation F5 NFA-F53A – Another great sounding mandolin from the folks at Northfield.  Comes with the Airloom recurve case.

Finance for $205 a Month (36 Months)

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  • Top: Adirondack (Red) Spruce
  • Sides / Back / Neck: Highly figured 2-piece, quarter sawn Sugar Maple from Vermont or Michigan
  • Tailpiece: Nickel-plated engraved Bill James
  • Nut Width: 1-1/8″
  • String Spacing: 1.5″
  • Neck Shape: Soft V
  • Fingerboard Radius: 5.7″ at nut, 7.7″ at 20th fret
  • Tuners: Waverly tuners with ebony buttons
  • Binding: Side or Top triple bound
  • Pick Guard: Bound ebony
  • Bridge / Fingerboard Material: Premium Ebony
  • Finish Material: Shellac finish with French polished top layers.
  • Finish Color: Cremona Burst, meticulously hand-shaded
  • Tone Bar Construction: 2 Bar
  • Scale Length: 13-7/8″ (front edge of E string)
  • Inlay: Mop dots and headstock logo
  • Tailpiece: Gilchrist tailpiece (as of late 2020)
  • Case: Airloom Recurve
  • Construction: Built collaboratively between the Northfield shops in Marshall, Michigan and Qingdao, China
  • Northfield Says: “We wanted a specific voicing. We wanted the toughness and clarity in projection, within a band context. We’d heard this perfected by a handful of instruments: a 1922 F5, an amazing reproduction of that instrument made by Mike Kemnitzer that we acquired a couple years ago, Mike Marshall’s F5, and one of our own Artist Series mandolins. We borrowed, we modified, we built examples and we recorded extensively in a variety of settings. We prepared instruments for Mike Marshall’s on-the-job experimenting (and thrashing…we love you Mike) and he took it to them, hard. After every instrument we’d gather comments, make some tweaks and hold our breath. After a couple years of testing we know we have something different and worth reporting on. “