1965 Martin 00-21NY Guitar
(Serial No. 203881) The Martin 00-21NY is as close as the 1960's Martin company got to making a 1920's guitar. The "folk boom" of the late '50's made the old-style 12-fret stotted peghead Martins fashionable among discerning traditional players, and several "New York' models were officially added to the line from 1962-1970. These were named to honor both the Martin company's original roots in that city and the strength and influence of the contemporary Greenwich Village folk scene. The blank fingerboard, satin lacquer finish, smaller rectangular bridge, and lack of a pickguard certainly gives it a more vintage vibe, but rest assured these models were intended for steel strings and work well with light gauge bronze. That doesn't mean this one wouldn't sound good with silk & steel strings, however, which would make for even easier string action, and it's very easy with the light gauge steel strings that are on it now. The tuners look like the Stew Mac exact replicas. Has a 1 7/8 inch nut. The nut, bridge (reglued) and bridge pins, and finish are all original. Nice Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. No repairs or cracks. It does show some playing wear, with some fretboard divots in the positions near the nut and some pick wear at the edge of the soundhole. Nice low action well suited to fingerstyle playing. It has a bigger sound than is typical of a 00-21, with a lot more bass response. Comes with the original green lined hardshell case.
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