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The Model M

The purest expression of craft is typically unadorned.


The Model M

Shorn of pretense, simply appointed, our Model M mandolin is relatively new, but it was years in the making. And, while it may be our entry level mandolin, it’s hardly a typical one.

    How so? Well, this is the mandolin we had in our heads when we first started shaping wood into remarkable instruments. One that does away with fancy scroll work and relies purely on rich, warm sound to make an impression. A mandolin that reflects both our obsessive nature with the finest instruments of the past—yes, we’ve spent some hundreds of hours looking at CT scans of the world’s great violins and mandolins, studying wood densities, making 3D scans, and analyzing recordings to dial in specific frequencies when we carve and voice the instrument—and our slightly crazy ways.  

    That’s slightly crazy—not risky. You see, before you play the Model M, know that a whole bunch of other musicians already have. We gave early production models to musicians. Had them take them on the road, play in front of a crowd, play in the heat, play on a bus at four in the morning. Their feedback is built into every mandolin we make.

    It's the first model built in our shop in Marshall, Michigan. Without our location here, 30 miles down the road from the birthplace of the modern day mandolin, this instrument wouldn't mean as much to our entire team. Extraordinary and accessible the Model M brings together qualities at the core of our business and our approach to making traditional instruments.

    History. Countless hours honing our craft. A bit of crazy. Yes, a lot more goes into this mandolin than first meets the eye.

    Standard Specs

    • Sides / Back / Neck: Carved red maple back
    •  Top: Carved Engelmann spruce top
    • Tailpiece: Nugget® designed by Mike Kemnitzer
    • Bridge / Fingerboard Material: Arched ebony
    • Pickguard: Abbreviated brown tortoise style
    • Nut Width: 1 & 1/8
    • Neck Shape: V Shaped
    • Fingerboard Radius: 5.7" at the nut, 7.7" at 20th fret
    • Tuners: Gotoh tuners
    • Finish Material: Spirit Varnish Finish
    • Finish Color: Bourbon Amber
    • Northfield Modern Setup
    • Shaped Hardshell Case included
    • Built in Michigan

    Price: $2,495

    Extraordinary and accessible, the Model M is the result of our passion and practical desire to make an affordable yet truly professional grade instrument. 


    The Northfield Model M


    Building mandolins down the road from where it all started. Just feels right.