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Northfield have rapidly become one of the top names in mandolin luthiery, with a broad range of both A-styles and F-styles that appeal to just about every type of picker. This NFS-F5 Black Top is one of their introductory F-styles, but it's far from a student model, and has become an instant favorite among our staff. An Adirondack red spruce top pairs with a maple back, neck, and sides for a punchy sound that remains clear and loud as you move up the neck, and the slight radius to the fretboard makes the F5 feel like it's practically playing itself. The matte black finish on top contrasts nicely with the maple pickguard, white binding, and the subtly stained back, making for an exceptionally beautiful instrument that's sure to catch the eye of everyone in the audience. Northfield's attention to detail is evident in every curve; the NFS-F5 has the feel of a boutique F-style while pricing at thousands of dollars below a craft shop instrument. We love it and know you'll love it too. Included in the price is an Airloom Recurve hard-shell case.