Tonal Evaluation

There is no proper response to this 00-21NY other than gushing superlatives, so allow me to gush for a moment: it is a fabulous, lovely, astonishing, stupendous instrument with an incredible capacity to inspire. What makes it worth so many superlatives? Well, first off, it responds to player input as faithfully and quickly as any acoustic guitar I've ever played. The note practically jumps out of the soundhole the instant your finger or pick touches the string!

And when that note leaps out at your ear drums, this 00-21NY's spectacular resonance is undeniable. It has that classic vintage Martin voice: it's clear and woody, with a dry harmonic response. The fundamental asserts itself forcefully in the midrange, the lows are more muscular than they have any right to be, and the highs are sunny and sweet.

In other words, this 00-21NY projects like none other, but not because it's a loudmouth. There are no harsh frequencies to be found anywhere--only sonorous resonance that allows it to assert itself above whatever else is going on (even the din of a Saturday at Wildwood!).

This 00-21NY is a fantastic fingerpicking guitar because of its blend of richness and clarity and lightning-fast response time. It also works beautifully as a strummer! It's bright enough to cut through a mix and full enough to provide a solid foundation, but its dry harmonic response ensures that it never sounds harsh or unpleasant (it records beautifully, too!).

Anyone searching for a sweet-sounding, versatile vintage Martin will love this amazing 00-21NY!

Condition of Instrument

The play wear on this vintage Martin is proof that it's hard to put down. Clearly, previous owners have played the heck out of it and given it a sweet broken-in vintage look in the process. It's all original, although the original owner had the bridge reglued by Martin as a warranty repair.

Like many vintage Martins, this 00-21NY does not have a truss rod. Over the years, the neck has developed some relief. We put eleven-gauge strings on it, which helped, but it didn't completely do away with the relief. The good news is that it still plays quite easily up to about the seventh fret, at which point the strings sit at a medium height. In its present state, this guitar is a lot of fun to play, and the higher action doesn't detract from the experience--in fact, if you're a heavy-handed player like me, it might suit you better. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us for an in-hand description from one of our acoustic experts. Oh, and it comes with its original hardshell case!


Brand Used
Model1963 Martin 00-21 NY
Body FinishNitro (Original Finish)
Weight3.43 lbs
Top WoodSitka Sprue
Back & Sides WoodBrazilian Rosewood
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck ShapeOriginal "V"
BracingScalloped "X" Bracing
Neck Dimensions1st .830 - 9th .960
Fretboard MaterialBrazilian Rosewood
Scale Length24.9"
Nut Width1 7/8"
Nut MaterialOriginal Ivory
RosetteStyle 21
BridgeOriginal Brazilian Rosewood, re-glued to top by Martin in the 60s
SaddleOriginal Bone
TunersOriginal Nickel Tuners
CaseOriginal Hardshell

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Serial Number: 196866

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