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1961 Martin 00-21NY

Serial # 180960. An exceptionally fine, crack-free and no-issues first-year Martin 00-21NY. The New Yorker models built in the early 1960's were the most lightly constructed guitars Martin had then built since the mid 1940's, and are widely considered to offer some of the best tone of any of the company's post-war instruments.

This example features a back and side set of dark-hued richly grained Brazilian rosewood, and quartered Sitka spruce top. The purflings and old style 28 rosette are a mix of wooden and celluloid lines, and the body is bound in tortoise-celluloid. Dotless Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, small rectangular rosewood bridge with dotted pins, three-on-a-strip Waverly tuning machines with cream plastic buttons, and satin lacquer finish throughout.

The guitar is 100% original and unmodified but for a recent cleanly done neck reset and a new bone saddle. The action is comfortable for fingerstyle, and the original frets show almost no wear. No finish damage or wear of any significance.

The guitar has a piano-like cavernous largeness, with beautiful clarity and definition, a colorful and expressive midrange openness, and a nicely present bass end. Truly a fingerstyle instrument, this 00-21NY would appeal to most anyone with hi-fi sensibilities -- looking for the best sounding rosewood 12-fretter at anything close to this price tag.

00-sized 12 fret body, 24.9" scale length, late 1920's neck feel with a very rounded over V profile, 1-7/8" nutwidth, 2-1/4 string spread at the bridge.

With original hardshell case.

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