Northfield A-5 Special Mandolin, Figured Maple & Italian Spruce


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The Northfield Instruments A5 Special is a representation of elegance through simplicity. Northfield took a classic A-Style mandolin and appointed it with a master grade Italian spruce top, as well as a premium-carved figured Maple back, neck, and sides. This particular build has a gorgeous one-piece back with lovely figuring. These beautiful woods are finished with a spirit varnish, which contributes to this mandolin's responsiveness and incredible tone.

With additional features borrowed from Northfield's Artists Series, and their acclaimed Model M, it is no wonder the A5 Special excels in playability, aesthetics and tone. We love it.

  • Back & Sides: Premium carved figured Maple (one-piece) back and sides
  • Top: Mastergrade carved Italian Spruce with Sunburst
  • Year of Build: 2020
  • Body Binding: Tortoise color Single-ply brown tortoise, top-bound only
  • Neck: 3-piece hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Mother of Pearl dot inlay; compound radius (5.7" (145mm) at nut, 7.7" (196mm) at 20th fret)
  • Head Veneer: Ebony with Northfield logo
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony
  • Tuners: Nickel-plated Gotoh with black buttons
  • Bridge: Adjustable Ebony
  • Pins: Tailpiece: Nugget® designed by Mike Kemnitzer
  • Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Nut: Ebony
  • Pickguard: Abbreviated brown tortoiseshell
  • Nut Width: 1.125"
  • Case: Slate Grey Airloom "Recurve"


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