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Northfield F Mandoline 2 - bar Artist Modell - Red Spruce - sold!!!!

Artikelnummer: Mandoline_Northfield_024
The best of the best! Birds Eye Maple! Unbelievable responsive!!!

Northfield Artist Series - 2 bar Red Spruce - verkauft

Fantastische Mandoline! Unerreichte Power und Ton Definition!

Sehr guter Wahl für den Bluegrass Mandolinisten!


Elegantly carved from our most striking materials 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. Designed to work for and rigorously tested by one of the most discerning genre-hopping mandolinists of our time, Mike Marshall. Simply put, the Northfield Artist Series mandolins are our best yet.

incl. Airloom Deluxe Fiberglass Case


Specifications and Options

  • Top: Red Spruce
  • Sides / Back / Neck: Birdseye Maple
  • Tailpiece: Nickel-plated engraved Bill James
  • Pick Guard: Bound Ebony 
  • Bridge / Fingerboard Material: Premium Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay
  • 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: Gotoh (Standard)
  • Finish Material: French Polished Spirit Varnish
  • Finish Color: Sunburst
  • Tone Bar Construction: 2 Bar
  • Scale Length: 13 7/8" (front edge of E string)

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.

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.

Test Runs

We met at Mike's home in California where he performed a recording test that he had used on many mandolins. It's a way to listen to the tone, separate from volume, and pick out specific frequencies that contribute to the overall character of the sound. We set up a recording session in Mike's home studio with 2 prototype Artist Series Models as well as his Lloyd Loar F5. We scrutinized the tracks in our frequency analysis software. We were able to pin-point the strength and balance of the fundamental frequencies as well as the harmonics of each mandolin. The session opened our ears to the tonal character of these mandolins, we set some targets for improvement and went on with the next batch. We continued like this for eight months—globetrotting, testing, performing, recording, analyzing... cooking (just seeing if you're still with us) and finally arriving at two variations to move forward with.


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