1966 Martin D-21 Guitar – Brazilian & Adirondack – SOLD


This is a real good 1966 D-21 with Brazilian Rosewood back & sides and Red Spruce top.

Out of stock


SN #214910.  1 11/16″ width at nut.  2 1/8″ spacing at bridge.

Exc(-) condition. Great sound. This is a real nice playing and sounding 1966 Brazilian Rosewood D-21 from Martin. It has had its top replaced… but you could argue the top replacement could be seen by many to be an enhancement.
It was p
rofessionally re-topped by Martin with an advance-braced scalloped excellent Adirondack Red Spruce top and small Maple bridge plate and original pickguard. Anyway, the overall look and feel and performance are all very great.
The work is very high level. It is very hard to tell the top is not original… The main evidence is the advanced scalloped bracing and the Red Spruce itself. Not only does the newer Adirondack Red Spruce top “look” great, but this guitar has a great sound that rivals my 1956 original D-21 with Adirondack Red Spruce top. You can’t tell the top was ever off this guitar when you feel closely for signs of the work around the top edge binding.

Everything is in great playable shape: setup, neck angle, and action. Two long back cracks repaired. Top shows normal player wear, and two or three random dings and one dent in the treble side binding. Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners.
Adirondack Red Spruce top. Small Maple bridge plate. Beautiful Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, bridge, and peghead overlay.

This guitar has had a recent professional neck reset.  Frets are in great shape.  In most cases you hate to hear about a guitar having to have a new top, but in this case the top is a clear advancement of tone and an upgrade for the future collectability of this guitar. It is possibly this is the only D-21 with an official Martin advanced-braced Adirondack top. It sounds real good, even when compared to original top ’60’s D-21’s that I have been around, having more presence and snappier attack than many do.

   Comes with good Hardshell Case.


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