C. F. Martin 000-21 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1947)

C. F. Martin  000-21 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1947)
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C. F. Martin 000-21 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1947), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 100354, natural lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, molded plastic hard shell case.

This wonderful Auditorium-size Martin is a just-postwar 000-21 made in early 1947, still with a herringbone backstrip; the last remaining 'bone' trim was used up on Style 21's. Herringbone trim is a part of the Martin legend, and this guitar has some of the last of the original stash! The 000-21 itself was never a very common guitar, 1947 was actually the peak production year for the model with 223 built.

The Style 21 has the same design and materials as the more celebrated Style 28, just with plainer trim. Features include a Brazilian rosewood body with a spruce top, pearl dot inlay rosewood fingerboard, multiple top and back binding with tortoise Celluloid outer layer, an ivory Celluloid soundhole ring and a tortoise pattern Celluloid pickguard. Like many guitars of this period it also shows a slightly deeper neck profile (for a Martin) compared to the previous thin wartime necks, with a comfortable round contour. This is a great sounding guitar equally at home with for finger- or flatpicking in virtually any style of music.
 
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This lovely just post-war Martin shows some signs of play through the years, but has generally survived in excellent condition. The finish shows checking, dings and dents overall with the most notable marks being pick wear to the top, mostly around the soundhole rim and pickguard. The back of the neck has some lacquer worn off the edges and a few feelable dings and dents. The tuners are later Kluson Deluxe style and the bridge has been shaved down slightly but overall this is a nicely original guitar. It has had a neck reset and refret and is a very fine player, with a superb and very even sound that is brighter than some rosewood Martin. Overall Excellent - Condition.