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1969 Martin D-35 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Brazilian Rosewood w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1969 Martin D-35 in excellent, crack-free condition, complete with a hardshell case. Notably well-preserved, this D-35 features solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, paired with a Sitka spruce top. This vintage Martin dreadnought has aged exceptionally well over the last half century+, with an open, articulate tone befitting its vintage, benefitting from over $1000 worth of proper maintenance with a fresh neck reset, new pickguard, carved bone nut and saddle, and a full refret with vintage spec slender fretwire.

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 has 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 sparkling with just enough punch and presence. Weighing 4lbs 13oz, 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 V-shaped profile carve, medium depth at the nut with notable substance further up the fretboard, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005“ at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts pearl dot inlay, professionally refretted with slender fretwire that shows no wear. 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 bone saddle has been installed with decades of room for future adjustment, thanks in large part to the recent professional neck reset. The original rosewood bridge plate is intact and incredibly clean, and all bracing (and the inside of the guitar in general) is very clean. A new tortoise pickguard has been applied too.

The finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides are crack-free, with a particularly lively piece of Brazilian chosen for the central third on the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to strum wear beyond the edges of the pickguard and to a lesser extent on the bass-side of the top as well, with some scattered nicks on the body as a whole from decades of careful use, and light finish scratches in the clear coat central to the back. The neck profile is clean and smooth, with light palm wear through the gloss on much of the treble side of the carve.

A modern molded Martin hardshell case with a green plush interior is included.