From Martin: The Martin D-35 Dreadnought was introduced in 1965 in response to a shortage of Brazilian rosewood stock large enough to finish 2-piece Dreadnought-sized backs. The resultant three-piece back – triangular centre wedge and matching outer wings” – follows a centuries-old tradition among European and Spanish luthiers of building multi-piece backs. Martin’s three-piece back design is especially striking. Extra wide bindings, bound ebony fingerboard and ebony bridge add to the distinctiveness of this model; but the appeal of the D-35 is more than just visual. Tonally, the three-piece back produces a particularly strong bass, making the D-35 ideal for rhythm playing. To accentuate the treble, Martin uses lighter 1/4″ top braces which give the D-35 its characteristic warmth and balance.
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ”X”
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4”
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Style 35
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: White Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: White Boltaron
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Side Inlay: Multiple Black/White Boltaron
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: White Boltaron with Multiple Black/White Boltaron Inlay
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4”
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16”
Fingerboard Width At 12Th Fret: 2-1/8”
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28
Fingerboard Binding: White Boltaron
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8”
Saddle: 16” Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
This D35 was built in 1974 and has been kept in excellent condition. It has a very balanced sound – not too bright or boomy, perfect for recording. This finish has survived well on this 44 year old instrument – the top has mellowed to a semi satin hue, with the spruce showing its lovely grain. It has been played but never abused. It has some expected player wear including some scratches on the top, and a few light marks on the back, but no real buckle rash.
The ebony fingerboard is dark & beautiful with no signs of wear or pitting. The frets are excellent. The binding is in perfect condition and yellowing nicely with age.
Original Martin tuners have been replaced with quality Schaller units. A bonus is a under saddle pickup system installed some time ago. Not sure of the brand but it sounds just fine.
This is a great all-rounder. Fantastic chording guitar – a killer rhythm instrument. But also clean and articulate for flatpicking and fingerpicking.
Comes in its original Martin hard shell case in good condition.