The Martin D-35 occupies a lofty perch in the pantheon of Martin dreadnoughts. Indeed, many discerning guitarists consider it the ultimate acoustic guitar. With a top of select Sitka spruce and its iconic East Indian rosewood three-piece back, this legendary Martin tonewood combination delivers the robust bass response and powerful projection that makes it perfect for both stage and studio. Its Plek'd, bound ebony fretboard feels amazing, and responds beautifully to flat-picking or finger-style playing. Tastefully embellished with elegant appointments, this Martin D-35 incorporates off-the-charts tone, playability, and looks into one standard-setting axe. Our Music Experience players have a D-35 in their collection and cherish this guitar's timeless tone and quality.
A quality acoustic guitar is all about the wood, and the Martin D-35 serves up a classic tonewood cocktail with no compromises. The top is solid Sitka spruce for big projection and spectacular note clarity. Its back and sides are made of solid East Indian rosewood, a classic Martin material. A select hardwood neck and bound, Plek'd ebony fretboard give the Martin D-35 smooth playability that compliments its awesome sound.
The D-35's sound and robust projection make it ideal for live performance as well as recording. In addition, the D-35 is great for aggressive strumming or subtle fingerpicking — bluegrass, folk, even acoustic rock sound great on the D-35.
The political turmoil and social upheaval of the 1960s served as an incubator for some of the greatest music ever made. Martin dreadnoughts had played a major role in the folk music of the post-war years, and as folk and rock music edged inexorably closer, Martin launched a new guitar in 1965. In sync with the '60s zeitgeist, the D-35 was born of ecological concerns. Brazilian rosewood was fast becoming unsustainable, but Martin had a stash of rosewood from D-28 two-piece backs that had been set aside due to the presence of small defects. Using smaller pieces of wood, Martin luthiers could trim away any flaws and fashion a guitar with a stunning three-piece back.
But the D-35 was not just a D-28 with a fancier back. To differentiate the sound of this new model, Martin used lighter bracing: 1/4" for the top, and 000 back bracing. This created a louder, more resonant tone that lends itself beautifully to vocal accompaniment. Quickly, artists like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Bruce Springsteen gravitated to the D-35 and it continues to win over a new generation of players like Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers.
The workingman's Dreadnought. A distinctive three-piece back and antique white binding around the fingerboard set it apart. Expressive quarter-inch straight bracing gives it balance and power for any situation. Premium East Indian rosewood, Sitka spruce, and a timeless Dreadnought shape have made it the choice for pickers, strummers, and players from Johnny Cash to Seth Avett.
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Style||No Cutaway|
|Color||Natural with aging toner|
|Finish||Full High Gloss|
|Top Wood||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides Wood||East Indian Rosewood|
|Body Bracing||Non-Scalloped Forward Shifted X-bracing|
|Neck Shape||Modified Low Oval, High Performance Taper|
Mother-of-pearl Style 28 Dots
|Number of Frets||20 (total), 14 (clear)|
Chrome Enclosed Gear
|Bridge String Spacing||2 5/32"|
|Neck Taper||High Performance Taper|
|Strings||Martin Authentic Acoustic Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge|
|Case Included||3-ply hardshell case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||D35|