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1967 Martin D-35 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Brazilian Rosewood, Collector-Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar in collector-grade condition, complete with the original hardshell case. Stunningly well-preserved, this D-35 features solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, paired with a Sitka spruce top. This Martin has aged exceptionally well over the last half century+, with an open, articulate tone befitting its vintage, benefitting from $800 worth of proper maintenance with a fresh neck reset, new pickguard (original included), carved bone nut and saddle, and a fret level and crown. Unique to the D-35 among Martin's dreadnought body guitars, the instrument features lighter 1/4" bracing, as opposed to the heavier 5/16" bracing seen on its counterpart, the D-28. This feature, combined with the D-35's unique three-piece rosewood back, delivers a tone that is more lively and sparkling than many other Martin dreadnoughts produced in the era. This guitar delivers a powerful, commanding voice with a full spectrum richness and the great string-to-string clarity one expects with a Martin dreadnought. The bass register is very warm with plenty of boom and kick, and the trebles and round and sweet with just enough punch and presence. Weighing 4lbs 14oz, this Martin D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with ideal action and fresh phosphor bronze 12-53 strings. The one-piece mahogany neck has a round medium C-shaped profile carve with more depth and fullness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .975“ at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts pearl dot inlay and the original slender frets which show zero wear, having been freshly leveled and crowned. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck, and the nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Brazilian rosewood veneer features a flawless Martin logo, and the original Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should with clean chrome plating. The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, and a new tall carved and compensated bone saddle has been installed with decades of room for future adjustment, thanks in large part to the recent professional neck reset. The original small maple bridge plate is intact and incredibly clean, and all bracing (and the inside of the guitar in general) is immaculate. A new black pickguard has been installed and the very small requisite "B string crack" between the pickguard edge and bridge has been professionally addressed (original pickguard also included). An undersaddle pickup has been added, with a 1/4" endpin jack. The finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the Brazilian rosewood back and sides are crack-free, with a particularly lively piece of Brazilian chosen for the central third on the back. Strum wear extends faintly above the soundhole and a bit more beyond the pickguard on the treble side with some additional small nicks in the spruce. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a small spot of light buckle wear central to the waist on the back, and just a few additional small ancillary marks on the back and sides. The neck profile has a smooth, semi-gloss feel to the nitro lacquer, with one spot of very shallow thumb wear through the finish central to the carve behind fret 9. A strap button has also been added to the treble side of the neck heel. The original black tolex hardshell case with green interior is included and equally as well-kept as the guitar, featuring original functional latches and the stock handle.