This consignment 1932 shadetop OO-21 (52191) was one of only 50 examples made that year and it retains a lively, colorful voice and a very easy playing character. The few repair procedures that it has experienced put the price into a very comfortable range. The shaded top option appeared in the Martin records for just 10 of the listed 1932 OO-21s. Fine, even grain Adirondack spruce top, Chocolate colored vertical grain Brazilian rosewood, Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and “C.F. Martin” stamp, Replacement 1960s Grover Sta-Tite G-98 style tuners, Plain vertical grain Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay, Replacement(?) ivory nut, 1 7/8″ nut width, Ebony fingerboard with slotted diamonds inlay and bar frets, Brazilian rosewood body bindings and wooden purflings, Original pickguard, Replacement bridge, Original bridgeplate with small maple helper plate for solid string ball contact, Replacement unslotted bridge pins, Plastic endpin, Ebony heel cap, herringbone back and sound hole purflings, Shaded top color option. The most recent repairs by Alan Perlman were installation of the unspotted pins and installation of the small maple helper plate to replace the old splintered ebony helper plate. Older repairs include installation of the Stat-Tite tuners, crack repairs to the sides and tail, Replacement ebony bridge with long bone saddle, and overspray of the entire guitar body and rear of neck up to, but not including the headstock. The guitar plays beautifully and represents one of the very few shaded top examples available at this price that has a rich, colorful voice. I have waited for well over three years to get this instrument into the shop inventory and it is no small thrill to finally have it here. With TKL hard case.
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