Anglican Samizdat

August 29, 2009

When fretting is a delight

Filed under: music — David Jenkins @ 12:25 am

I wandered into a music shop this afternoon to pick up some guitar strings and heard a Martin OM-21 Special call my name. After trying it for some time I decided it needed a new home, so I bought it; the shop did give me a couple of sets of free strings though.

It is a fingerpicker’s delight: widely spaced strings, small body and clear, open, harp-like, balanced tone. With its Indian rosewood, Sitka Spruce and ebony, it even smells wonderful – that could just be to me, though.

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This is what it sounds like.


  1. Even on my tinny speakers that sounds lovely. One of my plans for my “all my kids are in school” time is to start practicing my fiddle again…

    Comment by Kate — August 29, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  2. My step father had a D16, sweet sounding. When my mother finally sold it we were in a store and the owner cautioned someone not to touch the Martin, not the guitar but the Martin, there is a difference. I used to own a Gibson thinline with cutaway, but I sold it in 1979 in a fit of momentary poverty. My fingers are soft. My Framus 12 string is probably in better hands, sniffle!

    Comment by Steve L. — August 29, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  3. What a lovely tone, David! You deserve to treat yourself to this beauty because you give such musical delight Sunday after Sunday after…..You have spoiled us all!

    Comment by Jennifer — August 29, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  4. David,
    What a treat! Share more of your music anytime.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — August 29, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

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