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Re: Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21

Post by Bluebird » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:00 am

It is amazing what all you found involving this guitar, once you got looking.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21

Post by Mike Joyce » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:34 am

Great posts jay, very interesting history here. I noticed that the Martin guitar seemed to have suffered some damage on the front which has been repaired. It makes it easy to identify in the other pictures, which I suppose is a bonus if you are trying to build up a chronological time frame of when Glen used the guitar. A bit like the nylon ovation with the American flag symbol stuck on the sound board as was used in the Festival hall concert. I also thought it was interesting in the Tommy Smother's article the reference to Glen radio show and getting " no money only cards and letters". presumably from people he didn't even know.



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Re: Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21

Post by jay » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:45 pm

The Glen Campbell Limited Collector's Edition was released in 1970. It included songs between 1962 and 1970. On the front, Glen is seen with the Martin 00-21.


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Glen Campbell at His LA Home with the Martin 00-21

Post by jay » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:31 am

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Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21 with Tommy Smothers 1968

Post by jay » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:13 am

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Thanks to P. Moody for providing this.

The accompanying article was printed in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on February 29th, 1968:



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Glen Campbell Practicing For Goodtime Hour

Post by jay » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:10 am

Glen with Dennis McCarthy and Bill C. Graham practicing for the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Glen is using his Martin 00-21.

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Glen Campbell with a Martin 00-21 During Goodtime Hour
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Dating Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21 (1901-1929)

Post by jay » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:22 am

The Martin 00-21 was first produced in 1869. It has always had a 12 fret neck and Martin will still make you one in their custom shop.

Dating Glen's 00-21 is a little difficult due to the limited media we have which shows it...but we can see certain aspects of Glen's guitar that will narrow its production range.

There is no logo on the headstock. The first guitar is Glen's from a 68 photo and the second guitar is a 1930 00-21 headstock.


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Martin changed bridges in 1930. So this provides us with the latest model it could be. As you can see, the bridge on Glen's guitar was last made during the 1929 00-21 model production.

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Finally, the fingerboard inlays actually give us some direction. Glen's 00-21 has inlays. Although they look like dots, it has slotted diamond inlays. We know that Martin put slotted diamond fingerboard inlays on the 00-21 in 1901. Here is a picture of Glen's fretboard and a 1929 00-21 fretboard to show the inlays.

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Glen's Martin 00-21 certainly looks like the 00-21NY that was produced in the early 60's...except that the 00-21NY has a Martin logo on the head...unlike the 20's 00-21 it was supposed to replicate...and the 00-21NY does not have fingerboard inlays.

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At some point, Martin began attaching a pickguard to the 00-21. I am not sure when that started, but it was after 1930.

So, it appears that Glen's Martin was built during or after 1901 (Fret Markers) and prior to 1930 (Bridge).



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Glen Campbell's Martin 00-21

Post by jay » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:08 am

Paul Moody sent me the following video and wondered when I was going to do a topic on this guitar. Since I didn't remember seeing that particular guitar in other pictures, I filed it away.



A couple of weeks went by and Paul renewed the conversation by sending me another picture of Glen with the guitar. This picture came from an instructional book Glen released called "Glen Campbell Guitar Method".

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Sure enough, there was Glen with that same guitar, which happened to be a Martin 00-21.

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Glen Campbell with Martin 00-21
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The 00-21 was first produced in 1869 through 1995. The 00-21 is still available from Martin as a custom shop model. There is no way to identify what year Glen's guitar is. It does not have a pickguard and the bridge is of the classical type, which indicates an earlier model. The 00-21 had a classical design, but the pinned bridge, along with the bracing allowed it to be used with steel strings, as well as nylon.

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1929 Martin 00-21 (Not Glen Campbell's)
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Glen included his Martin while showcasing his guitars in 1968 by his pool in Los Angeles. It is the one on the far right.

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Glen caught in the studio using his 00-21.

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Glen must have switched guitars during the above photoshoot, as this picture was used for the album cover of "Glen Campbell Sings for the King"

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