Northfield NF-F5M Big Mon Master Model (B160048)
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Northfield Master Model (Big Mon) with Engelmann spruce top and flame maple back/sides. Sunburst finish.
1-1/8″ nut width. Compound radius fingerboard.
Ebony fingerboard and bridge.
Varnish/lacquer hybrid finish. Click here to read more about Northfield’s finishes.
Gold James tailpiece with engraved Northfield logo.
Compared to the Standard Series F5S mandolins, the Master Models have more warmth, sustain, and projection thanks to the Big Mon body and varnish/lacquer finish. These mandolins sound really, really good!
Includes rectangular Airloom case at no extra charge.
About the Big Mon Body Size
This mandolin features Northfield’s proprietary Big Mon body size. Read what Northfield has to say about it below or visit the Big Mon info page on their website:
Our “Big Mon” Mandolin is something we created in our shop. In an effort to try and create a little more mid range and bass response, with a nice airy sound, we developed this model to have a distinct voice–different from both the Standard A and F models. Here’s what we did..
The “Big Mon” body style is just slightly different than the standard size. We’ve increased the width of the body, at its widest point, by 5mm. We’ve also adjusted the depth/width of the sides a little in a few places. Everything is in proportion to this change, so it results in a slightly larger body overall.
It’s not very noticeable unless you compare it directly to another standard size by lining them up back to back. The change is subtle aesthetically, but can be noticeably different in terms of sound. The re-curve carved into the top is extended a little and the top, out towards the edges, has been thinned a bit. All curves are maintained so that the shape is very pleasing to the eye. The body flows into the waist area and continues the line up the side resolving to a very nice circular scroll, with a slightly larger button in the center.
We’ve also changed the thickness for the back accordingly and vary that depending on the type of material we’re using. It’s always a combination of the exact materials, the age and various properties of the wood and the construction.