The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

Martin CS-21 SOLD

Selling Price: $4355 SOLD

I have ordered many Custom Shop guitars from Martin over the years. I shouldn’t be surprised when one of their guitars arrives overflowing with so much tone and vibe it basically jumps out of the case begging to be played! That is certainly the case with the new CS-21 model we just received. This model features a stunning set of Madagascar rosewood on the sides and back and an Adirondack spruce top.  Madagascar rosewood is also used for  the bridge, headstock overlay and fretboard. The visual package is capped off with highly flamed koa binding, a three ring fine herringbone rosette, old style silver headplate decal and Waverly tuners.

This 14 fret dreadnought has a visual and functional design which pays tribute to Martins golden age guitars. The use of hide glue throughout increases energy transfer and vibration. The top has Adirondack Golden Era style scalloped braces which adds in the production of a strong and crisp note fundamental with plenty of sustain.  Madagascar rosewood is the next best thing to getting Brazilian rosewood at a fraction of the price and is so close to Brazilian in its look and sound that many people would mistake the two woods.  This guitar has a full and tight bass that is never tubby and the lush overtones and partials that bloom from the soundhole make for a lovely complexity in the tone. While the larger custom neck carve and high ceiling for volume and tone on this guitar suggest heavy chording and flat picking, fingerstyle passages also sparkle and sing! What else can I say but WOW!!


14 fret Dreadnought body

Adirondack spruce top

Adirondack spruce scalloped Golden era style braces

Madagascar Rosewood sides and back

Highly flamed Koa binding, heel cap and endpiece

Three ring fine Herringbone rosette

Mahogany neck with special hand carved shape

16″ (40.6 cm) radius, 1 3/4″ (44.5 mm) nut width, 25.4″ (64.5 cm) scale length

Madagascar rosewood fretboard

Hide glue

Old style Silver headplate decal

Waverly nickel tuners with Snakewood buttons

Madagascar rosewood belly bridge

Bone nut and saddle

Deluxe hardshell case




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