The Northfield Archtop Octave mandolin’s maple and spruce combo offers an attack and crispness that can carve out a sonic space within an ensemble, making it possible to be heard even when played in the lower registers.
In creating their octave mandolin, Northfield pulled together a variety of specs and influences to create something with a unique voice and aesthetic. they found inspiration in vintage archtop and tenor guitars.
The ergonomics and size of the instrument needed to be considered carefully to not only ensure incredible sound, but also be comfortable for a mandolin player—this was often overlooked when it came to guitar bodied octave mandolins. The scale length and fretting hand stretch is always a consideration with octave mandolins, but equally important for comfortable playing is how the right arm reaches around the body of the instrument. The dimensions and flat back of our octave mandolin body yield something quite different than what is found on the market today.
We inspect each and every instrument we ship out for maximum playability. We adjust the action and adjust intonation when needed. If you would like a specific adjustment, just add it to your order notes and we would be happy to adjust to your liking.
Serial Number: AT220218
Top: Italian Alpine Spruce
Back & Sides: Figured Maple
Neck: Figured Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge: Ebony
Nut: Bone, 1-13/32″
Scale Length: 22″
Fingerboard Radius: Compound 12.5″ – 17.1″
Tail-Piece: Mike Lemnitzer Nugget
Body Length: 17.52″
Binding: Multi-Ply Grained Ivoroid
Pickguard: Black Phenolic
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fiberglass Hardshell Case Included
Important information if shipping outside of the USA:
Please note: To help insure the future availability of certain materials used in the construction of this instrument, additional fees and/or documentation may be required when shipping this item outside of the USA. This is due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. If you purchase this item to be shipped outside of the USA, we’ll determine whether the regulations apply to your order, and will contact you with more information if necessary