Exc(-) condition. SN: 227562.
Brazilian Rosewood dreadnaut that is appointed like a D-18. Rosewood back and sides as well as Brazilian RW peghead overlay, fingerboard and bridge. Tortoise bindings around body, with extra purfling strips inside top edge. Graduated dot inlays in FB. Appears to be Red Spruce top.
There is some marring of upper shoulder (treble side), of top, but no cracks in the body or neck. Usually these rare original D-21’s sound snappier than the same year D-28’s. They seem to usually have a snappier attack and big voice. This one is no exception to that rule… it delivers quick attack and full presence.
Here is an audio clip of Matt Rieger from the Lil’ Smokies exploring the D-21.
And below, a video clip our friend and vintage Martin aficionado Richie Reinholdt enjoying this fine instrument.