Northfield has hit upon a serious, winning combination with their five-bar Artist model. The Engelmann spruce top is an excellent platform for their harmonically rich, wide-frequency-response bracing pattern. Single notes on this mandolin have a lovely, round pop with great body, while the whole mandolin boasts a vibrant, easy responsiveness. If you are looking for a bluegrass banjo killer, this might not be the ticket. But if you favor a both rich and sprightly mandolin tone in a nicely appointed and very well executed F-style, the Artist Five Bar is worth a play.
This mandolin comes to us in excellent overall condition, with just minimal light back scratches among the few signs of prior ownership.
Includes the original hardshell case.
- Engelmann Spruce
- One-piece maple back
- Hybrid varnish finish
- Flamed maple neck
- 1 1/8" nut
- Ebony fingerboard, bridge, and bound pickguard
- Ivoroid binding w/ multiple purflings
- Northfield/Gilchrist tailpiece