Used Northfield NF-F5S w/ Wide Nut (2016)

Used Northfield NF-F5S w/ Wide Nut (2016)

Adirondack Spruce & Maple
1-3/16" Nut

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Very clean Northfield NF-F5S F-style mandolin with optional 1-3/16" wide nut and one-piece back.Very clean Northfield NF-F5S F-style mandolin with optional 1-3/16" wide nut and one-piece back.

Adirondack top, maple back/sides. Striped ebony fingerboard and bridge.

Plays beautifully and has that wonderful Northfield tone--rich, warm, and throaty.

Includes brand new TKL hard case.

The new price of this mandolin would be $3295:

  • F5S base price: $2995
  • 1-3/16" wide nut: $200
  • One-piece back: $100

Condition Notes

We sold this mandolin originally in 2016 and it's still in great shape except for a handful of minor cosmetic items. 

A couple light scuffs on the top near the bass side F-hole. A couple small, light dings on back of body scroll and heel. Back of headstock has few nicks and some scuffing. 

No structural issues--just a bit of honest wear from normal play.

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 crafstman in Northfield's Qingdao workshop, and the final setup and inspection take place back in Michigan.

Tone

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.

Playability

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.

Body SizeF-Style
Top WoodAdirondack Spruce
Back & SidesMaple
FingerboardStriped Ebony
Nut Width1-3/16" (Wide)
CaseTKL Hardshell Case