Northfield NF-F5S

Northfield NF-F5S

Adirondack Spruce & Maple
1-1/8" Nut

Regular price $3,195 Sale Serial S160389


This F5S has Northfield's optional "Speed Neck" option. The lighter, more satin-y finish on the neck is a bit less "sticky" than the standard finish. Some players find it easier to play fast licks and quick chords transitions on this style of neck.

The "S" Series

Northfield's "S" Series mandolins are simplified versions of their Big Mon and Artist Series instruments. They offer Northfield's signature tone, playability, and build quality in a more budget-friendly package.

"S" Series mandolins are built by the same team responsible for Northfield's higher end mandolins. Each instrument is made using select North American tone woods seasoned and matched in Marshall, MI. The assembly is performed by a small group of four craftsmen in Northfield's Qingdao workshop, and the final setup and inspection take place back in Michigan.


We feel Northfield mandolins have a warm, open, throaty tone that really captures the "broken-in" sound of older Gibsons we've played throughout the years (including a handful of Loars).

The Northfield tone strikes a nice balance between power and sweetness, making them equally capable in a bluegrass jam or a solo session on the couch.

The qualities of a standard Northfield mandolin are enhanced by the Big Mon body size, which is only found on Northfield's higher end Big Mon and Artist Series mandolins.


Northfields don't just look and sound great--they play like a dream. The compound radius neck, large frets, and a killer factory set up give Northfields a buttery smooth feel straight out of the box.

Most players love the way they play right from the factory, but we're always happy to adjust the action to meet your needs.

Adirondack Top

Adirondack is very stiff and hard compared to other spruce species, resulting in a crisp, bright tone and great projection.

Adirondack also has plenty of "headroom," meaning it will maintain clarity and single note definition even when played aggresively. This makes it it popular among bluegrass and country players who need lots of power and "cut" to avoid getting buried by the rest of the band.

While Adirondack excels in the volume department, players seeking a bit more warmth and sweetness may want to consider Englemann, the other top wood commonly used for Northfield mandolins.

Modern Setup

Northfield mandolins come with their Modern setup by default. Features of the Modern setup include:

  • Neck has a slightly more pronounced V shape, which many players prefer for faster contemporary play styles
  • Wider frets with a taller crown give the instrument a feel that's more in line with other modern acoustic instruments
  • A compound radius fingerboard (5.7" to 7.7") increases comfort and helps reduce fatigue
  • The fingerboard extension is shortened and scooped, making it easier to avoid hitting the fretboard during play

Most players love Northfield's factory setup, but we're always happy to adjust the action to suit your tastes.

Northfield offers a "Vintage" setup by request, which has a fuller neck profile, full-length fingerboard extensions, flat fingerboard, and narrow frets.

Body SizeF-Style
Top WoodAdirondack Spruce
Back & SidesMaple
Nut Width1-1/8" (Standard)
String Spacing1-1/2"
StringsD'Addario Medium Coated EXP74 (11 - 40)
CaseTKL Hardshell Case
Body Standard Northfield F-Style
Top Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides Figured Maple
Neck 3-Piece Hard Maple
Nut 1-1/8"
Scale 13-7/8"
Setup Style Northfield Modern Setup
Fingerboard Striped Ebony w/ Compound Radius
Bridge & Pickguard Striped Ebony
Finish Satin Lacquer
Finish Style Shaded Sunburst
Top Binding Single-Ply Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding None
Back Binding None
Logo and FB Inlays Solid Mother of Pearl
Tuning Machines Gotoh
Tailpiece Cast w/ Satin Finish
Strings D'Addario Medium Coated EXP74
Case TKL Hardshell