Here's what Northfield has to say about the NF-ASM "A5 Special":
A unique instrument and a blend of a few Northfield designs. This A5 borrows from our very popular Model M and Artist Series Mandolins to create a powerful response in an elegantly appointed instrument. Limited release.
This mandolin has a handful of unique features that set it apart from Northfield's Standard Series mandolins, including a master grade Italian spruce top, sugar maple back and sides, spirit varnish finish, and Nugget tailpiece.
This mandolin has a rich, open tone with tons of warmth and presence--it's really a killer-sounding mandolin!