***SEE VIDEO*** This is a very special guitar.  It's a 1967 Martin D-21 that has been re-topped with Adirondack Spruce by Martin.  Only Martins before 1945 were made with Adirondack Spruce.  So basically you get the sound of a pre-war Martin for a 60's Martin price.  Check out my video to hear what I'm talking about.  It sounds absolutely perfect; not too bright and not too dull, it's perfectly balanced.  And you get that sound that only a vintage Martin brings.  It sounds like all your favorite acoustic records.  When I started my ultimate acoustic guitar search, I knew I wanted a vintage Martin because a modern acoustics just don't have the sound I was looking for.  I tried a ton of acoustic guitars before finding this gem @ the reputable TR Crandall Guitars in New York City.  I've played pre-war Martins that were way more than twice the price and to me this sounds the same.  

The back & sides are Brazilian Rosewood. The neck is Mahogany with a Rosewood fingerboard.  It has scalloped bracing with a pre-war layout.

Funny story:  the guitar was celebrity-owned; it used to belong to Ryan Adams.  One time he got frustrated and banged the top on stage, so one of his bandmates brought it to Martin to get it re-topped with Adirondack Spruce. The re-topping job by Martin is impeccable.

Serial #:  239866

Built in Nazareth, PA.

As you can see from the pictures, the guitar is CLEAN, with just the right amount of wear for a vintage Martin.  The fact that the finish on the neck is not perfect makes it easier for the hand to slide and the neck just feels so nicely worn in, like an old baseball glove.

Here's some info about Adirondack Spruce and why it's so special:

The Adirondack Mountains are found in upstate New York. A unique red spruce grows on its steep mountain slopes, providing the best tonewoods in the world for making guitar tops.

The red spruce (Picea rubens) is a medium-sized evergreen conifer. This species is the most typical conifer species of the Adirondack region as a whole. The Adirondack spruce produces wood that is strong, light and sound-resonant. In other words, the most perfect wood for a soundboard.

The wood of Sitka and Engelmann spruce is by far the most commonly used for acoustic guitar tops. 

What makes Adirondack so special compared to these other spruce species?

  • Compared to Sitka and Engelmann, Adirondack spruce has a long historical reputation. For example, most high-quality pre-war guitars (e.g. by C.F. Martin) were built with Adirondack.
  • The wood is extremely rare because it comes from a National Park where all trees are protected. This protection applies even after they have been blown down by the wind. Only a limited number of wood suppliers are allowed to get the popular spruce wood from the Park.
  • Its rarity is partly due to the fact that this spruce can only be found in the northeast corner of North America. This tree does not occur outside this region.
  • The legendary tree produces wood with a much tighter grain than any other spruce. This makes the wood harder and therefore it resonates better.
  • Although it is a red spruce, the color of the sawn wood is lighter than other spruces, almost white.

Due to the scarce availability and sublime resonance, the price for AAA-quality Adirondack is on average three times higher than the price for Sitka or Engelmann.

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Listed4 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
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  • D-21
  • Natural
  • 1967
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought
Back Material
  • Rosewood
Sides Material
  • Rosewood
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Top Material
  • Spruce

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