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1957 Martin D-21 Brazilian/Sitka
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Martin Guitars
Product Year
1957
Model
D-21
Serial #
160163
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4809
Condition
Good Refretted, New Brazilian Rosewood Bridge and Saddle, Neck Reset, Released, Cleaned, and Reglued Pickguard, and Nut Slots Lowered by Ken Jones.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Brazilian Rosewood
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
MOP Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Tortoise Style
Tuners
Kluson
Tuner Finish
Chrome
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one, ask about options
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.625 in
Lower Bout
15.75 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645.2 mm
Nut Width
1.69 in
Nut Width (mm)
42.9 mm
String Spacing
2.13 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.1 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

Just when you think you've got the vintage Martin sound memorized, there comes a guitar like this 1957 D-21 to turn it on its head. Think of it this way: this D-21 has had 58 years in which to learn how to sound good--and brother, this guitar took notes. The voice that comes screaming out of this Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce box is true vintage, broken in, opened up, and raring to go. The trebles are crisp and sweet, and the bass rolls like a kettle drum. Flatpickers will have their solos explode across the airwaves with the great projection and sustain, and Traditional-style fingerpickers have a strong, articulate voice in which to express themselves and their favorite arrangements. And this isn't just your run-of-the-mill Martin from the 50's--this D-21 has recently had a tune up at the hands of our own Ken Jones, who has restored this guitar to the playing condition of its adolescence.

Ever wonder what gorgeous vintage woods could do with a new pair of legs? Cover many more miles of great music, that's what. Now, you can rest assured that this D-21 is ready for another 30 years. All that warmth, that punchy growl, the big, loud bark--all of that has been preserved for the next chapter of its life--in your hands. This guitar comes with a Martin molded hardshell case.

It's guitars like these that I got into this business in the first place. Unlike newer guitars, which are amazing with their innovations and craftsmanship and will continue to populate the guitar world for years to come, real old-school beauties like this D-21 have matured in a way that no new instrument could hope to replicate (at least for another fifty years)--and there's only a finite number of playable 1950's Martins left in the world. This is definitely one of the greats.
 
A classic Dreadnought. This one has a strong midrange presence that would be great for playing on a microphone or in an ensemble since it cuts through the mix and won't overpower the bass frequencies on a mic.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.69 in
STRING SPACING 2.13 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Just when you think you've got the vintage Martin sound memorized, there comes a guitar like this 1957 D-21 to turn it on its head. Think of it this way: this D-21 has had 58 years in which to learn how to sound good--and brother, this guitar took notes.
 

It's guitars like these that I got into this business in the first place. Unlike newer guitars, which are amazing with their innovations and craftsmanship and will continue to populate the guitar world for years to come, real old-school beauties like this D-21 have matured in a way that no new instrument could hope to replicate (at least for another fifty years)--and there's only a finite number of playable 1950's Martins left in the world.
 
A classic Dreadnought. This one has a strong midrange presence that would be great for playing on a microphone or in an ensemble since it cuts through the mix and won't overpower the bass frequencies on a mic.
 
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