Oh, the legend of a fine guitar! This is an historic Martin guitar, by any measure. Originally commissioned by a key Martin dealer in 1965 as a birthday present for his wife. "Duende" was her dog's name, which is why he pulled some strings at Martin to have it inscribed into the heel block.
It features the highest grade Brazilian rosewood back & sides - check out the "spider-webbing" in our photos
"45" quality, Adirondack spruce top
This guitar is unique in that it is the only 000-21 made in '65. The 000-21 before it was late Oct. 1960, and the one after (and there is only one) was ordered April 15, 1965. This info was provided by Martin Guitars and comes from the 1918-1966 bookings ledger.
Supposedly the first 12-fret 000-21S since the 1920s (per Dick Boak at Martin Guitars)
Slotted headstock with original, cool looking, 3 on a plate tuning machines
Abalone "45 style" rosette
Tortoiseshell colored body bindings
Strap pin in heel and tail
Tortoiseshell colored pickguard
Along the way this guitar has had a well done neck set and slightly over-sized bridge replacement
The serial number is 200,000. Because of this fact, and the rarity of this guitar - the Martin factory has asked us to provide photos of this guitar for their archives.
A very rare and interesting guitar, any "custom" Martins from he 1960s are really desirable, as they made so few. Also it's one of the very few 12 fret 000 steel strings made during that period.
One expert feels it is an old top from Circa 1942 (or earlier) when the pearl rosette models were discontinued.The inner and outer rings (as well as the bordering lines in the middle ring) are wood and wider than the thin celluloid used in 1965.
Wider, comfortable 1 7/8" nut width, VERY easy to play
Ebony fretboard with Mother of Pearl dot markers
The top, back & sides are crack free!
We repaired a minor headstock crack, most of it under the tuning machines side plate
Gosh, it sounds incredible - so solid and pure is the tone!
Newer Martin Geib case included in our price of $18,000