Sometimes it’s hard to stand out in the Martin crowd, but with a Custom Shop like this 2013 D-21 spec’d out by George Gruhn we’d say it’s as easy as breathing. Incidentally, that’s also how we’d like to describe the experience of playing this like-new D-21. The setup is slinky and smooth, and responsive enough for fingerpicking when you want to add a different flavor to your playing. Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack Spruce, and a Spanish Cedar neck outfitted with a true-to-vintage T-bar reinforcement. Flamed Koa bindings and Waverly tuners complete the picture, and hide glue construction keeps this Dreadnought as resonant as possible.
For a guitar in such pristine condition, it’s got quite the opened up voice. We found that the clarity of individual notes, and the articulation between strings and registers, was precise enough to give extra definition to big chords and lead work alike. This Custom Shop D-21 cuts right through the mix, but it plays well with others thanks to a smooth, balanced tone and projection.

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Dream Guitars

Dream Guitars

Rosewood - Madagascar
Dream Guitars
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