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1979 Martin D-35 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1979 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case. This Martin has aged exceptionally well over the last four decades, with an open, articulate tone befitting its vintage. Featuring solid East Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a solid Sitka spruce top that's been worked to perfection, this Martin is a stunning sounding instrument, with the booming projection and articulate tone that comes with Martin's top-tier square shoulder dreadnoughts. 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 Martin's signature piano-like clarity, responsive to fingerpicked notes as well as an authoritative strum, with singing sustain and a smooth, 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 12oz, this Martin D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with ideal action and new phosphor bronze 12-53 strings. The one-piece mahogany neck has a round, substantial C profile carve with just enough shoulder, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .985“ at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts pearl dot inlay and a partial refret from frets 1-6 with correct slender vintage-style fretwire. The fretwire was subsequently professionally leveled and crowned, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 25.4", and the original nut is intact, measuring 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the rosewood veneer features a flawless Martin logo, and the original Schaller chrome tuning machines are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should. The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, and the original saddle has modest height, with comfortable action all the way to the last fret. The original bridge plate is intact, and string spacing at the bridge is 2 1/8". The pickguard has been upgraded to a premium Greven tortoise guard with a mottled Pre-War appearance. An active undersaddle pickup has been added (make/model unknown), with a 9v battery clip mounted on the heel block and a convenient 1/4" endpin jack. The original smooth nitro lacquer gloss finish is present, with graceful ambering of the nitro on top. There is broad, faint lacquer checking on the lower bout on top, and pick wear across the strum path, extending both above the soundhole and beyond the guard. The guitar exhibits the very common small "B string crack" between the pickguard and forward edge of the bridge, as well as a tiny additional split adjacent to the back binding on the treble side lower bout, both of which have been professionally addressed. Extremely well-kept, wear is otherwise limited to some shallow marks behind the bridge on top and a few light finish scratches and nicks on the body as a whole The original gray molded Martin hardshell case is included. The case exterior is rather rough with stickering and stencils, yet the case is structurally sound with stock latches and a leather-wrapped original handle.