Martin 000-21 (USED, 1943)



TME is proud to host this museum-grade 1943 Martin 000-21 -- the cleanest, and best-sounding small-bodied wartime Martin flattop we've ever had in the shop (we include 'small-bodied' out of reverence for the similarly-stunning '44 D-18 we had several years ago). Museum-grade likely says it all as far as this guitar's condition rundown goes. But to be a tad more specific: you'll notice a small area of pickwear on the treble edge of the soundhole and a couple light scratches on the top. That's about it. The finish is entirely original and shines like new; and the guitar is crack-free. It's had a perfectly executed neck reset, and plays like butter under tension of light-gauge strings (we are using D'addario EJ16s on it right now). All hardware and structural elements are original with the exception of the saddle (likely installed at the time of neck reset). This is the lightest Brazilian Rosewood 000 we can remember having in the store, tipping the scale at 3.7 pounds!

As for its sound ... it almost seems silly to comment, when the video featuring Eduardo Mercuri will do the talking. This guitar has everything anyone looking for an old Martin could want. It's very loud, open, woody and dry, with a penetrating low end and fat, round trebles all the way up the neck. It responds like a dream, due to its ebony neck reinforcement, and each note carries that round, punchy quality associated with the best vintage Martins (for such a light guitar, this thing moves a lot of air when it's played). 

This is the sort of vintage-mint Martin guitar that rarely comes to market--please call us if you'd like an in-hand description or further analysis of its tone & playability. Priced with a contemporary Martin hard case.

On consignment. Payment by check or bank transfer only.


  • Brazilian Rosewood back & sides
  • Red Spruce top
  • Herringbone rosette & backstrip
  • Ebony bridge & fingerboard
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 24.9" Scale length
  • 2 1/8" string spacing
  • Martin hard case

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