Pre war Martin Style D-21, Palo Escrito with Sitka top

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This dreadnought has been built with the focus on simple appearance, but with the elegance of rosewood sound. The trim is influenced by pre war Martin Style 21, in that it has dark rosewood binding with herringbone rosette and backstrip, with ebony fretboard and bridge. The top bracing is forward shifted to 1" behind the sound hole, and is scalloped. The low profile neck is just a hair over 1 3/4" wide at the nut.

Palo Escrito is a true rosewood (dalbergia palo escrito) from Mexico; the body is palo escrito and the top is Sitka spruce. The one-piece mahogany neck has a diamond volute. and is bolted to the body to simplify adjustments should they become necessary at some time in the future. The headstock veneer is made from the same piece of palo escrito as the back. The binding and purfling are all wood (rosewood binding. This guitar is finished off with ebony bridge pins with mother-of-pearl dots, bone nut, bone saddle and Grover StaTite V97 tuners. It is finished with water-borne lacquer.

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