This is one sweet playing Martin 2-20 ca. 1895. It has Brazilian rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top. C.F. Martin & Co New York is engraved in the wood on the front end block and on a bracing strip visible inside the soundhole. The dimensions of the body are 12" at the lower bout, 4" body depth, and 18 1/14" body length which conforms to a Martin size 2. It has a highly figured Spanish cedar neck graphed with a V joint to the slotted peghead. The ebony fingerboard has scale length of 24 1/2" with 18 frets and nut width of 1 13/16", and two intact slotted diamond inlays. Surrounding the 3 1/2" soundhole is colored herringbone pattern marquetry with two rosewood lines on each side of the marquetry. The top has five ply binding and the back has three ply binding. Both top and back have rosewood outer binding. The rosewood back of the guitar has a 1/8" colored herringbone center back stripe. On the end of the guitar running front to back is a 1/4" zigzag marquetry stripe.These various characteristics indicate this Martin is a style 20. Other features include original three on a plate tuners with ivory buttons, a rectangular ebony bridge with pyramids at the ends, ladder bracing and a peghead overlay. The new black end pin, saddle and bridge pins are replacements. We sent this guitar back to Martin about 1980 to have the top cracks repaired. Martin did a great job and while the cracks are still visible they are structurally sound. The frets appear to have been polished. Two of the fretboard inlays are missing. There are a couple of tiny areas on the back where rosewood binding has separated. The top shows some hand wear. There is plenty of fretwear remaining on this one. The Martin 2-20 may be a small box but it has big, warm, balanced, robust tone that plays like a dream. The wonderful sound is sure to surprise you. It comes with a vintage Geib & Schaeffer case that has a purple lining and a worn handle.
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