Northfield F Mandoline Artist Modell - on order!

Hersteller: Northfield

Das Top Modell von Northfield! Hervorragende Mandoline mit viel Power und wunderbaren Tonfarben!

Ab Sommer 2018 lieferbar!


5 bar Artist Modell with Italian Spruce top, Birdseye maple back and sides!

Scale Length: 13 7/8" (front edge of E string)
Nut width: 1 1/8"
String Spacing: 1.5"
Neck Shape: Soft V
Fingerboard Radius: 5.7" at the Nut , 7.7" at the 20th fret

Tuners: Gotoh (Standard)
Tailpiece: Silver-plated engraved Bill James
Bridge and Fingerboard Material: Premium Ebony
Finish Material: French Polished Spirit Varnish
Finish Color: Sunburst


• Wider harmonic array
• More low-end responsiveness
• Omnidirectional projection pattern


Artist Series

Simply put, the Artist Series mandolins are Northfield's best yet. They feature the most responsive, acoustically tuned tone woods, utilizing our most advanced construction techniques. These mandolins are elegantly carved from the most striking materials pulled from our "stash" to produce the finest aesthetics ever found in a Northfield mandolin. The result is several dynamic variations that exhibit consistently powerful and uniquely expressive voices.


We have reshaped our tone bars quite a bit from our standard series mandolins because of a few design changes. We've added strength to the top by creating a more pronounced arch. We have also changed our thickness map varying the graduation in several hundred points across the top. The tone bars are not really "braces" at all, more like EQ dials that we can adjust depending on the specific frequencies we want.

5 Tone Bars instead of 2? Over the years there have been many variations on tone bar shapes and placement. We have arrived at a hybrid of sorts combining parallel bracing with a few small additional braces to finely tune the instrument and achieve responsiveness with specific frequencies. The result is an instrument that achieves a strength in the bass while still allowing for a lot of balance across the strings. Sustain is achieved by adding a little mass and the harmonics in the 3rd and 4th octaves are brought out - adding rich overtones and coloring to the overall tone. Depending on the top wood choice, strength and bone structure can also be added to the upper end as well, increasing head room. Ultimately, we are aiming for a distinctive aural complexity with this variation.


Meeting Mike Marshall
In August of 2014 we met Mike Marshall at the Swanannoa Gathering and quickly recognized a kindred spirit. Mike's artistry on the instrument both as a performer and educator is widely known. He's considered by most as one of the best mandolin players ever. We were thrilled to see how enthusiastic he was about our mandolins. But after about 5 minutes of talking "shop" and details of the mandolins we realized that he has a vast understanding of the instrument with adept interests in mandolin design, construction and sound analysis. For decades, Mike has been experimenting with the mandolin and much like his adventurous approach to music he has never stopped trying out new things - set-up (bridges, strings, nut materials), internal design, neck shapes and other details. He has commissioned many instruments with challenging designs and has amassed quite a collection of unique mandolin and mandolin family instruments. He's not afraid to wield a rasp or file to shape a neck or make a nut. Even his own iconic Lloyd Loar signed F5 that he's played for more than 30 years has undergone many alterations to make it more responsive and play better. There was a synergy to our meeting that we knew was too good to let go of and we stayed in close contact for the next month planning a research session.


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Northfield Artist Modell