Northfield F5S F-style mandolin with custom tortoise binding.
This sleek-looking mandolin offers up plenty of that rich, open tone that Northfield is famous for.
The "S" Series
Northfield's "S" Series mandolins are simplified versions of their Big Mon and Artist Series instruments. They offer Northfield's signature tone, playability, and build quality in a more budget-friendly package.
"S" Series mandolins are built by the same team responsible for Northfield's higher end mandolins. Each instrument is made using select North American tonewoods seasoned and matched in Marshall, MI. The assembly is performed by a small group of four craftsmen in Northfield's Qingdao workshop, and the final setup and inspection take place back in Michigan.
We feel Northfield mandolins have a warm, open, throaty tone that really captures the "broken-in" sound of older Gibsons we've played throughout the years (including a handful of Loars).
The Northfield tone strikes a nice balance between power and sweetness, making them equally capable in a bluegrass jam or a solo session on the couch.
The qualities of a standard Northfield mandolin are enhanced by the Big Mon body size, which is only found on Northfield's higher end Big Mon and Artist Series mandolins.
Northfields don't just look and sound great--they play like a dream. The compound radius neck, large frets, and a killer factory set up give Northfields a buttery smooth feel straight out of the box.
Most players love the way they play right from the factory, but we're always happy to adjust the action to meet your needs.
Adirondack is very stiff and hard compared to other spruce species, resulting in a crisp, bright tone and great projection.
Adirondack also has plenty of "headroom," meaning it will maintain clarity and single note definition even when played aggresively. This makes it it popular among bluegrass and country players who need lots of power and "cut" to avoid getting buried by the rest of the band.
While Adirondack excels in the volume department, players seeking a bit more warmth and sweetness may want to consider Englemann, the other top wood commonly used for Northfield mandolins.
Airloom "Recurve" Case
The Airloom "Recurve" is Northfie'ds latest case made in a partnership with world famous German case maker, Jakob Winter.
It utilizes Winter's process for turning plant materials (hemp, flax, kenaf) into a pressed shell using heat and pressure instead of glue. The result is a rigid and highly protective shell that is incredibly light.
Unique arching and internal molding provide strength and the internal dimensions have been tested with many mandolins on the market today to allow for a universal fit.