This is a totally stock Northfield F5S with no tweaks or modifications.
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 tone woods 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.
The Airloom mandolin case is designed and made by Northfield. TheAirloom has a contemporary look while remaining inside the traditional realm, taking leads from the styling found on the most famous oblong cases ever made. A sleek form factor makes them ideal for travel.
The exterior is a tough multi-ply fiberglass shell. The interior has perfectly fitted foam blocks that provide a nice "give" without being too squishy. A velvety lining provides protection for your mandolin's finish.
Cases are made in small batches and are available exclusively through Northfield.