Northfield Workshop Artist Series NFA-V3 4th Generation F-5 Mandolin

sku: NF5-4GEN
The 4th generation of Northfield’s coveted F-5 mandolins are built collaboratively by the craftsmen from Northfield’s shops in Marshall, Michigan, and Qingdao, China. They are made using the finest materials and hardware, including Adirondack spruce tops and sugar maple back and sides along with meticulous attention to the arching, the thicknesses and other details. The finished product is an incredible instrument with exquisite tone that closely matches the best that historical instruments have to offer.   More Details...

  • 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 "Deluxe"
  • 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. "