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1970 Martin D-35 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1970 Martin D-35 in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This Martin has received all the maintenance due its vintage, benefitting from a fresh neck reset, new bone nut and compensated saddle and a full refret with vintage spec slender fretwire. Tonewoods include solid East Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, and ebony fingerboard and bridge.

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 articulate than many '70s Martins.

The instrument offers ample volume and rich projection, with Martin's signature piano-like clarity, responsive to fingerpicked notes as well as an authoritative strum. Lively and expressive, this D-35 has healthy sustain and a rich overarching quality. One of the hallmarks of these guitars is that as you dig in harder the guitar will continue to project more without losing clarity or low end focus across the tonal spectrum. This is true of both chords and single note lines, and lead passages are particularly bell-like and crisp. Weighing 4lbs 8oz, this Martin D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with markedly low, easy-playing action and fresh bronze 12-54 strings.

The mahogany neck is a slender, soft V-shaped profile carve with a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .940“ at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts pearl dot inlay, refretted with nigh-flawless slender fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 25.4", and the modern hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the rosewood veneer features a clean Martin logo, and the original Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic chrome-plated tuning machines are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should.

The guitar benefits from a modern neck reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle. A new carved and compensated bone saddle has ample height, and the ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges. The black pickguard is a recent replacement, and the original pickguard and saddle are present in the case.

The guitar largely retains its original gloss nitro lacquer finish, and there are three cleanly repaired cracks on top behind the bridge with light lacquer overspray. There is an additional very slight repaired split at the bass-side waist on the rosewood rim, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to light buckle rash across the back and a few additional minor scuffs and dings on the body as a whole.

The original black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior is included. The latches are functional, and the stock handle is attached with zip ties on either end.