This was the first of a batch of one dozen 000-21 models begun on May 3rd 1944. The Brazilian rosewood has a stunning grain pattern that still shines and although it has some wear the finish is original throughout with no signs of touch-up or overspray. Original pickguard and all internal bracing is original as well. There are no cracks to the top, back, or neck and only the shortest possible repaired crack to the bass side (lower bout) that's hard to see. The only repairs are an early neck reset, done by "slipping the neck block," and a nice refret of course. Since 1944 was the height of World War II restrictions on the use of brass and steel, these models were given very lightweight tuners that rarely held up over time, prompting a previous owner to install mini-Schallers many years ago. The very unoriginal look of those Schallers prompted a change to the gears you see here, which are almost identical in appearance to the Kluson Deluxe tuners Martin put on these models just a few years later (these are the same tuners used on early Schoenberg and Collings models, before Waverlys were introduced). Thanks to the reset and newish frets, this 76 years-old Martin is very playable by even the most demanding contemporary standards and the sound is rich and full with those rosewood overtones we love, but it's still a very balanced response. Case is a Victoria hardshell, looks to be from the 1960s/early '70s.