Since 1965, the Martin D-35 has offered a new sound in the world of rosewood dreadnoughts. Its distinctive three-piece back and bound Ebony fingerboard set it apart visually from other Martin models. But it's the expressive, quarter-inch bracing under the hood that give the D-35 the balanced, refined tone that has inspired generations of players, from Johnny Cash to Seth Avett. Simply put, the D-35 is a versatile guitar you won't want to put down.
This D-35 sports a stunning 1933 Ambertone sunburst top finish. As we expect from a good Martin dreadnought, its tone is robust and powerful. But relative to other Martin dreads in the shop, this D-35 has perhaps the most balanced sound—thunderous bass that doesn't overpower shimmering top end, and there's still strong mid-range presence to round out the guitar's overall sound. Because of the lighter bracing, it responds a little faster than other dreadnoughts, and it packs a ton of sustain and resonance. As you put this D-35 through the paces, its tone highlights the nuances in your playing. All-in-all, this D-35 is an expressive instrument that offers a slightly different flavor from your typical Martin dreadnought. It seems to do everything well.
- Body: 14-Fret Dreadnought
- Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Top Finish: 1933 Ambertone sunburst
- Back & Sides: East Indian Rosewood w/ Three-Piece Back
- Bracing: Forward-Shifted X Brace, 1/4″
- Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval with High Performance taper
- Nut: 1-3/4″ Bone
- Saddle: Bone, 2-5/32″ spacing
- Fingerboard: Solid Ebony w/ Antique White binding
- Bridge: Solid Ebony
- Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatic