1956 Martin D-21 #148807


Model D-21 was introduced in 1955 with a total of 6 prototypes; this guitar is from the first full production batch of which only 256 were made in 1956.  This is an all Brazilian Rosewood dream come true, with features that include beautiful quarter-sawn back and sides; original rosewood fingerboard, bridge and peghead overlay (with C.F.Martin decal);  Sitka spruce top; dot fingerboard and Grover tuners.  Every aspect of this guitar is original; it does show honest playwear, especially around the sound hole, but what a sound!  It has that dynamic range that only the D-21s of that era have:  clean and crisp for flat picking like a D-18, but with the full-on warmth and bass response of the D-28.  Many of these D-21s were work horses, and because of that it is rare to find one in this perfect a condition.  With new hardshell case.  $8500.

Don Wright (far right) selected this guitar for Tony Williamson's Vintage Instrument Demonstration at 2016 IBMA. Check out the tone!