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Martin & Co D-35
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Martin & Co D-35
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Published on 02/21/12 at 00:54
MODEL Martin D-35
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 - 3 piece
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''
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# 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 ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
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

The legendary, old brother..or maybe cousin to the D28?? Not quite sure but they are both legendary and offer very different tones even though on paper they are very similar.

UTILIZATION

It's just your basic acoustic guitar, so there's nothing to it in terms of ergonomic designs or access to the upper frets etc. Just wood and wire!

SOUNDS

Here's where it becomes worth the money. Most guitar players in the market for a good acoustic, when they look through the Martins it's almost always a battle between the 28 and 35 and there is a huge tonal difference. Most people say it's because of the 3 piece back and I can say yes that has something to do with it but the biggest difference is the bracing, it's a thinner piece of bracing used on the 35s vs the 28s that allow such a huge bottom and low midrange from the 35 that 28 lovers may not like so much.

This is what makes or breaks it. Totally up to you of course and which sound you like better. The 35 definitely has a bigger sound for those powerful chords and whatnot. Of course, I would probably replace the strings first with a decent set. I very much dislike the martin lifespan strings and would rather settle with plain jane Daddarios that have been just fine for me for a very long time.

OVERALL OPINION

HUGE sound. Legendary guitar. Awesome build, ALWAYS consistent from model to model and lifetime warranty with Martin. Can't really complain can ya? If you're looking for an acoustic guitar that'll probably last longer than your own lifetime, with a great huge warm and BIG low midrange, this is definitely worth looking into. Yes it's a bit pricey but once you play it, you'll understand that it's worth every penny.
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