This isn't your Grandpa's Martin... on second thought maybe it is! This guitar is a Martin 000-21 that got its mark on December 6, 1948. The Brazilian Rosewood back and sides are crowned with an Adirondack Spruce top that has developed a rich amber shade over the years. The neck is mahogany that is capped off with a rosewood fretboard. This guitar is almost 70 years old so it has plenty of scratches, dings, and divots as you can see from the pictures and as you would expect to see on a piece of this age. However, this guitar does sound great, it is one of the better playing guitars that we've had in at this age range, and, from what our tech can see, is structurally sound.
Now, this guitar has had some work done to it over the years by the previous owner(s). Starting off it looks as if the bridge came off sometime ago and a tailpiece was attached at some point. So there are three small holes in the side of the guitar, shown in the pictures, where the tailpiece was attached. The tailpiece was removed and what looks to be the original bridge was reattached with two screws. There also was a crack in the top that looks to have been repaired some time ago as well. The original machine heads were replaced at some point along this guitar's journey as well. Lastly, the guitar has been clear coated along the way, not sure why they did this or when either but it covers everything but the headstock, fretboard, and part of the neck. With all that said and done, this guitar is still sound beautiful and plays great. It would make a great addition to anyone's collection, especially if you don't already have something with Brazilian Rosewood. It is ready to play as it is or would make a great restoration project. As always, if you have any questions please feel fee to contact us.
- Make: Martin
- Model: 000-21
- Year: 1948
- Stamped Date: December 6, 1948
- Top: Solid Adirondack Spruce
- Back and Sides: Solid Brazilian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Nut Width:1 11/16"
- Pickguard: Tortoise