Martin D-35 Acoustic Guitar - Review
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Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Style 28
Top Bracing: Standard X
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4"
Back Material: Solid Easy Indian Rosewood - Three Piece
Back Purfling: Style 35
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Black/white Boltaron
Endpiece Inlay: none
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 Ebony
Body Finish: Gloss Polished
Neck Finish: Satin
Scale Length: 25.4"
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16"
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8"
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8"
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony:
# of Frets Clear: 14
# of Frets Total: 20
Left Handed Option at No Cost
List Price: $3,099.00 (incl. Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
The tone of the Martin D-35 Acoustic Guitar is what separates it from all other guitars. It has a solid Sitka spruce top with glossy finish, special East Indian rosewood for the polished back and sides, and genuine ebony fingerboard and bridge.
With its rich, resonant warmth and punchy volume, the D-35 is particularly well-suited to music styles requiring loud, powerful rhythm accompaniment. Includes Martin deluxe hardshell case and limited lifetime warranty.
- Solid Sitka spruce top
Solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides - 3 piece construction
Solid Ebony fretboard and bridge
25.4" scale length
Mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays
Limited lifetime warranty
I really love the Martin D-35 guitar. The fingerboard is ebony and is trimmed with white boltaron purfling. The Martin D-35 is known for its' deep voice and punchy tone. The guitar is trimmed in multi-layer black and whith boltaron, which includes the top, back and side purflings.
The Martin D-35 guitar comes with a absolutely beautiful 3-piece East Indian Rosewood back, with the East Indian Rosewood sides, which is very unique to the 35 Martin series. The Rosewood gives this guitar more tonal capacity toward the bass sound, while keeping the treble notes loud and clear.
The 3-Piece back was originally developed by C.F. Martin to address the shrinking availability of quality Brazialian Rosewood, used to make the D-28, D41 and D45 guitars. By using 3 pieces, the total width of the pack plates could be reduced by a full 2" to 2.5".
The solid spruce top has a nice tight grain pattern with quite finely space lines. There should be at least 16 grain lines/inch and most of the Martin D-35's I've seen meet this criteria.
Gotoh Chrome tuning machines work very smoothly and they allow you to keep this guitar in tune very easily. Also, the masters at Martin really know how to setup a guitar, by paying careful attention to the nut and saddle setup, which was perfect. This is what we have come to expect from Martin.
The Martin D-35 sound has an extremely nice even tone that tends to be a little weighted toward the bass, which is typical of the dreadnought series guitars. It still does not compare to the old pre-war Martins, but that is not possible by any new guitar.
I really do love the Martin D-35 as a fingerstyle guitar. I can play it all day and still, I am amazed at the tone that comes from this guitar. About the only guitar that I like jsut a bit better are the 'Vintage Series guitars like the HD-35.
When strumming the guitar, the sustain is very good and it rings for a long time. The harmonics were "right-on" and the sustain of the harmonics was very good.
I believe the only Martins better are the historic era reproduction guitars that Martin is now producing.
In my guitar making history, I have made plenty of Martin D-35 knock-offs (3 piece backs that is) and every one of them was an outstanding guitar, with no regrets by the owners for choosing a 3-piece back.
The Martin D-35 plays great as delivered. The way this guitar was delivered, was perfect for my light fingerstyle playing. It would also make a great flatpicking guitar with it's loud voice throughout the dynamic range.
This is definitely a guitar for the advanced intermediate guitar player to a seasoned pro.
The Martin D-35 is very solid and well made. As with nearly all the top end Martins, it does not feel frail in the least bit. The top is solid and will withstand the tension from medium gauge strings very well.
Please do NOT put heavy gauge strings on this guitar. The scalloped bracing is a bit more susceptible to top warping with heavy strings.
The Martin D-35 guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.
Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.
Be sure to register your guitar. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Martin repair center will take care of you.
The C.F. Martin D-35 is one of the lesser-known guitars from Martin, but this guitar can certainly hold it's own as a great bluegrass flatpick guitar. It is also used often by folk artists, country artists and for soft rock.
The three-piece back is a unique and beautiful alternative to the typical 2-piece back construction. I will have to say that I actually like the geometry of the 3-piece back over that of the 2-piece.
This guitar was born out of the need to conserve wood, and to use smaller back flitches of Brazilian Rosewood. The back flitch could be between 5.5" and 6.0" wide vs. 8" for a typical 2-piece back.
With the banning of Brazilian Rosewood from exportation, Martin has reverted to the use of East Indian Rosewood. This is still a great sounding wood, but does not compare to the original Brazilian Rosewood of the pre-war guitar era.
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