Northfield Artist mandolin with an Italian spruce top and Northfield's "Variation 1" 5-bar bracing style.
This Artist has been customized with a 1-piece back, Northfield's "Light Leatherburst" stain, and the "River's Edge" headstock inlay.
Like all Northfield mandolins, the Artist Series models have a rich, warm, throaty voice that sounds "old" right out of the box. However, the Artist mandolins take that signature Northfield tone to the next level, offering more volume, more low end, and more complexity than you'll find in the lower models.
Above all, the Artist Series mandolins have an incredible resonance and presence that you can feel as much as hear. Once you have the mandolin in your hands, you'll notice it immediately.
To learn more, we recommend checking out Northfield's official Artist Series product page.
Italian Spruce Top
This Artist mandolin features an Italian spruce top. We feel Italian spruce falls somewhere between the warmth of Engelmann and the brightness of Adirondack.
To our ears, the difference between the three tonewoods is subtle, but players seeking a more balanced tone may want to consider the Engelmann top.
This Artist mandolin features Northfield's "Variation 1" 5-bar bracing system. This style of bracing is designed to produce a warmer, mellower tone with a richer low end.
While the 2-bar and 5-bar Artist mandolins each have their own personalities, we've found that the distinction between two designs is nuanced. The 5-bar is a bit warmer and deeper while the 2-bar is slightly brighter and has a little more punch, but we feel the tonal difference is more subtle than some players might expect.
- Model NFA-F51I
- Italian spruce top
- Flame maple back/sides
- 5-bar bracing system
- Optional one-piece back (no charge)
Gilchrist/Northfield tailpiece w/ engraved Northfield logo
- Radiused ebony fingerboard and pickguard
- 1-1/16" nut (standard width)
- "River's Edge" headstock inlay
- Soft V neck profile
- Gotoh tuning machines
- French-polished spirit varnish finish
- Northfield medium gauge strings (11 - 40)
- Airloom Recurve hard case (gray)
- Serial A220161
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