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1981 Martin D-35 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1981 Martin D-35 in excellent, crack-free condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell case. This Martin has received all the maintenance due its vintage, benefitting from a fresh neck reset and a new carved and compensated bone saddle, refretted 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 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 sound that is notably lively and articulate. The instrument offers tons of projection, with Martin's signature piano-like clarity. The overarching tone is sweet and bold sound, with a high volume ceiling. Weighing 4lbs 11oz, this D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and easy-playing action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Soft V, measuring .900” 1st fret, 1.015” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, dot inlay
-Frets: Slender (fresh refret), no wear
-Scale Length: 25.4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Martin-branded, Schaller-made

Body Specs:

-Wood: Sitka spruce, Indian rosewood
-Bridge: Ebony, compensated bone saddle
-Plastics: Original pickguard (reseated)
-Serialization: Stamp on heel block dates to ‘81

This Martin is crack-free, with light playwear consistent with careful use including pick wear across the soundhole, some minor dings on the body as a whole, and faint buckle rash on the back.

The original molded hardshell case is included.