Vintage Martin Style 21 Model 2
Prior to the late 1800s, most Martin styles were offered only in one size. As demand for larger guitars increased, styles previously listed only in size 1 began to appear in larger sizes. This Style 21 Model 2 would be considered a parlor size by today's standards, but it was the norm at the time.
The silk and steel strings in use lends itself beautifully to the emerging guitar fingerstyle of the era - a style that is making a revival today. The tone is responsive and open as only an over 120 year old guitar can be. It boasts rich, mellow, dark tones with great volume and holds tuning very well.
The Style 21 was Martin's more appointed style than say a Style 18. It was offered in both a size 2 and 3. It is contructed with Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a spruce top; the typical woods for guitars of the era.
The neck is straight, with moderately lower action all the way down the fingerboard. While bracing patterns were going through radical changes, this model featured fan-pattern bracing much like classical builders today use. The body is bound with Wood binding, with no binding on back. The back and side set chose for this guitar features a beautiful figuring on the Brazilian.
The stamp on the inside says "CF Martin & Co., New York which means it is 1867 or later.
One of the most amazing parts of this piece is that is has the original coffin case. While the case is a bit worn out..it really establishes the time period this guitar was built - and looks fantastic in your hands.
This instrument shows obvious wear for its age. From an in hand inspection it looks like that there are a couple repaired cracks on the treble side of the body. There are also two replacement tuner keys.
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