Martin Style 000-21, Madagascar rosewood, Adirondack

The back and sides on this guitar are Madagascar rosewood (dalbergia baroni), a true rosewood from Africa. The top is Adirondack spruce. The bolt-on neck is one-piece mahogany, with ebony fingerboard. The pyramid bridge is also made from ebony. The nut and saddle are bone. Following pre-war Style 21, it has a herringbone rosette, faux tortoise binding, but it has wood instead of plastic purfling. It departs from style 21 in that the backstrip and end graft are Madagascar rosewood trimmed with maple. This guitar is finished with water-borne lacquer.

This guitar sounds great — to me it sounds responsive, full, but sweet. Played with a pick, it is a cannon (although it is setup for fingerstyle playing).

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