The Martin N-20 has achieved legendary status through its association with Willie Nelson and his trusty "Trigger" guitar which he has used extensively since 1969. While perhaps known best for Nelson's work, this guitar also excels in any fingerstyle application including classical, jazz, folk, latin, and more.
Martin first cataloged the nylon-strung N-20 in 1969 although they actually started building them in late 1968. The first year or so of production the guitar had a 25.4″ scale length, fan bracing and a squared-off standard Martin slotted headstock. (This guitar has those specs - more desired by the collector & guitar enthusiast!)
Classical players didn’t take to that scale length, which is short for a nylon string guitar, so in 1970 Martin nudged the scale length up to 26.44″, which is more in keeping with the classical tradition. Martin also redesigned the headstock, giving it a pointed look that was more in keeping with the look of Spanish guitars.
This N-20 is 1 of 262 made in 1969, the model's most popular year by far. This particular guitar is in near-mint condition (I've seen a few Martin N20 guitars, but never one in THIS condition!) It has very nice Brazilian rosewood in the sides and back and a nice, straight-grained spruce top. These early version with the short scale and square headstock are very hard to come by. Don't miss out on owning a legendary Martin guitar!