Northfield The “Big Mon” F-5

Northfield USA are breaking into new ground with collaborations with top luthiers throughout the world. This is what they say…

Enlarged slightly from the standard F5 style and tuned for a very responsive and rich sound, this design has been featured on many albums by premier players and toured with substantially the world over. Inspired by the innovators and pioneers of acoustic music in the United States, the “Big Mon” design is a tribute to those intent on pushing boundaries while maintaining traditions.

All materials from North America, seasoned and matched in our Marshall, MI shop. Assembled and varnished in our Qingdao shop. Set up and final inspected in our Marshall, MI shop.

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Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan,bluegrass legend,stopped by our store and was drawn to this old Gibson Mandocello,and in his hands took on a new life as a Tex Mex Bajo Sexto maybe ?


How to Make the Most of Your Banjo Lessons?

Banjo refers to an instrument having four, five or six strings, carrying a fine membrane stretching over a frame to form a particular resonator. Taking banjo lessons from a well-trained and qualified teach would significantly accelerate your progress lot faster than learning simply through trial and error method. If you wish to make the most out of your beginner banjo lessons, then there are several aspects, if taken care of, would accelerate your progress further.

Let us see the things that you must carefully take note of, to make the best use of banjo lessons:

  • It is important to practice all your lessons slowly. This is because, when you do slow practice, the learning tends to be much swifter. One can also allow their body to get enough time to catch up with whatever is there inside your mind.


  • You must practice regularly but should always be gentle with yourself. You must keep in mind that you are taking lessons for banjo as it offers a lot of fun and makes the whole experience quite enriching. One needs to listen to each note they play, enjoy it and gradually you would find that in the long run, the banjo lessons would be something you will look forward to.



  • When you try to learn banjo from a video, you can watch the whole video right at the beginning but once again, start from the beginning, watch for a few seconds and hence practice only what you notice in those few seconds. Rewind and revisit the techniques regularly until you are fully comfortable in implementing the technique on your own.


One and half hour video lesson could well be equivalent to six months of learning the banjo lessons from a teacher. This is why it becomes important to learn one thing at a time so that you do not get overwhelmed.


Tips for Mandolin Beginners

 beginner mandolin when buying your first mandolin there are some key points to know. Mandolins are what are considered to be high tension instruments, with 8 steel strings tuned in double courses, so four pairs, E A D G. 

Very importantly these strings need to be held in tune by quality machine heads, something often lacking in entry level mandolins.

Some very cheap mandolins do not have a truss rod, a device in which you can adjust the neck contour to suit your playing style but more important can prevent the neck from bending. Always check your first mandolin has this feature along with effective machine heads.