1969 Martin D-35

1969 Martin D-35

One of the last Brazilian rosewood D-35’s from Martin, and amongst their very best. The D-35 model was created in the mid-1960s due to Brazilian becoming so scarce that Martin could not find pieces wide enough to make D-28 backs, and so they came up with the idea of a three-piece back, added fingerboard binding and a bit of extra trim, and Voila! The slightly-more-expensive D-35 came into being. Martin had always insisted on straight-grain woods only, and by the mid-1960s that was getting tough to find too and it shows on many D-28’s from then. Interestingly, by 1968-69 they came across some much nicer stuff and that shows clearly in this 1969 D-35. The sides and outer panels of the back are of strikingly straight-grained Brazilian, with a contrasting back center panel. Now here’s what’s really truly great about this particular Martin: Not only does it have all the unique, wonderful tones found only in Brazilian Martin Dreadnaughts, but the action and overall playability are superb and it has never needed any major work done in its life. No neck reset now or ever, no bridge cutting, no nuthin’, and both nut and saddle are original. A few nicks and dings and small scuffs here and there from years of playing just about describe all the cosmetics. It was lovingly played by its original owner and brought to me by his family after he passed away to find a new, loving home for it. The pickguard needed replacement, as it has on so many Martins from the late-'60s to early-'80s, and I will say that we did a masterful job of it here in our own shop. There was one teeny crack from traditional pickguard shrinkage at the edge of the guard and we did that too, now invisible. The frets needed a bit of dressing, playability now nice and smooth with an action that is endearingly low and easy, rarely if ever found in any Dreadnaught. Comes with more recent Martin molded hard shell case. Bottom line: a true keeper, forever. $6995 w/hsc

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$6995.00
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