Martin / D 21 / 1960 / Natural / Guitar
Martin D 21 (1960)
7.500, - USD or equivalent in € or CZK
Serial # 171373, Sitka spruce top, beautifully hued quarter sawn Brazilian rosewood back and sides, 14-fret mahogany neck, 20-fret Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, 1-11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale length, Brazilian rosewood bridge, original tortoise celluloid pickguard, turtle-oid body binding. Kluson tuners. Original finish is worn off at spots and shows crazing at sides. Soundhole edge is pick worn mostly at treble side and also the top is scratched between pickguard and bridge and also in front of pickguard. The fingerboard shows playwear and testifies the guitar has been played a lot.
This baby has had a recent repair done by master of his trade Stanislav Stol which included: neck reset, new frets, X brace reglued, a repaired crack under the pickguard, new ivory bridge saddle, new bridge pins.
These are pretty rare guitars for Martin because they are 'between' a D-18 and a D-28. Only 2.900 made between 1956 and 1967. They are sought after because of the high grade Brazilian rosewood and big bluegrass tone for much less money than a D-28 from the same period.
This guitar is in a fine overall condition, the action is low and it is easy to play. Don’t expect the boomy bass of the scalloped bracing, but the „aged” vintage sound is loud and well balanced. This axe will perfectly cut the mike. If you are looking for the ultimate bluegrass box which will definitely go up in value, this is it! With newer Martin harshell case!
Vintage Beauty, Czech Republic
Vintage Beauty is a fun project which was put together by František Bašta and Martin Mikuláš from the Czech Republic in 2009. The momentum of this endeavor was driven by long felt love and admiration of vintage stringed musical instruments and their mystique. Being an active musician since 1987, Martin has played both banjo and guitar and was a member of different bluegrass and country bands in the Czech Republic through the years. František is primarily a businessman who doesn’t look toward this project only as an investor, but he also shares the passion for the aesthetic and tonal beauty of older and vintage instruments.
This project has no aspiration to become a new Gruhn Guitars or Elderly Instruments. By far we can never learn enough to close in on their knowledge and experience in the business, we don’t pursue it on full time basis and most importantly, we don’t live in a part of the world where banjos, mandolins, guitars or dobros are so frequent and move so quickly among musicians and collectors.
We don’t even know if we are building a small collection of older and vintage instruments or if we want to start it as a small business. What we know for sure is that we want to share the beauty of our instruments with other people who are interested – musicians, enthusiasts, customers or collectors. We are looking forward to communicate with you no matter if you want to discuss, buy, play or record with any of our instruments. Call us if you are looking for something you are not able to buy here, we can either get it for you or give you some advice where to ask. Also, if you are interested in any instrument presented on our web site and it doesn’t have a price tag, call us! Everything can be for sale if the conditions are right!
Martin & Franta