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Pre-Owned 1968 Martin D-21 with Chipboard Case


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1968 Martin D-21 with Chipboard Case

Vintage Tone Revived: 1968 Martin D-21

Unleash the timeless sound of this 1968 Martin D-21, a revered classic that stands as a testament to Martin's legendary craftsmanship. Introduced in 1955, the D-21 combined the iconic aesthetics of the D-18 with the rich, resonant tones of rosewood found in the D-28. As one of Martin's late entries into the Dreadnought market, the D-21 quickly garnered acclaim for its exceptional playability and remarkable tonal depth.

Classic Design, Timeless Appeal

Crafted with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and a Spruce top, the D-21 boasts a tonewood combination that epitomizes vintage warmth and resonance. Its mahogany neck, dovetail neck joint, and rosewood fingerboard ensure a smooth playing experience, while the original nitrocellulose finish adds a touch of vintage charm. Featuring a 16" radius and 20 frets adorned with MOP dot inlays, this instrument exudes classic elegance and uncompromising quality.

Exceptional Sound and Playability

The D-21's distinctive tone is characterized by its powerful projection, smoothness, and depth. With its wide and deep body, this dreadnought produces a tone of unparalleled richness, making it ideal for both studio recordings and live performances. The chrome Grover Rotomatic "milk bottle" tuning heads ensure reliable tuning stability, while the original Martin rosewood belly bridge enhances sustain and resonance, allowing players to express themselves with precision and clarity.

Vintage Charm, Modern Reliability

Despite its vintage roots, the 1968 Martin D-21 remains a timeless instrument cherished by musicians and collectors alike. While wear may be present due to its age, including pick wear around the pickguard and finish oxidation (likely from forearm sweat), this only adds to its character and authenticity. With its meticulous craftsmanship, iconic design, and legendary tone, the D-21 continues to captivate audiences and inspire musicians across generations.

Specifications (Imperial Measurements):

  • Serial Number: 232216
  • Body Wood: Brazilian Rosewood back and sides
  • Top Wood: Spruce top
  • Finish Description: Original nitrocellulose finish
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Shape
  • Neck Attachment: Dovetail
  • Neck Depth at 1st Fret: .905"
  • Neck Depth at 10th Fret: 1.005"
  • Scale Length: Approximately 25.5"
  • Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Crown Height: 0.035"
  • Fret Crown Width: 0.08"
  • Fretwear: Minor fretwear in first position
  • Inlay Material/Shape/Color: MOP dots
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Nut Width: 1.690"
  • Bridge Type: Original Martin rosewood belly bridge
  • Other Non-Serial Number Markings: D-21 and serial on neck block
  • Tuning Heads: Chrome Grover Rotomatic "milk bottles"
  • Pickguard: Replacement black plastic (aftermarket)
  • Radius: 16"
  • Year: 1968

This guitar is in very good condition for its age and has undergone a full in-store professional inspection, neck reset, bridge reglue, pickguard crack repair (from shrinkage), pickguard replacement and full setup from our in-house professional luthier. The neck is nice and straight, fits comfortably in the hand and exhibits only minor fretwear in the first position. Cosmetically, the guitar exhibits an amount of all-over finish clouding/oxidation, buckle rash to the back of the body, playwear to the top of the body, a small ding on the treble side back of the neck in the first position, a small bump on the treble side of the neck near the heel, several dings and divots to  the headstock and a small ding on the bass side of the fingerboard at the 7th fret, all of which can be seen in photos. Non-original chipboard case and original sales receipt are included.

This guitar is at Five Star Guitars on consignment, as a result all sales are final.

*This acoustic guitar ships fully insured with signature required.*