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1984 Martin D-35 Guitar Center 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition 1 of 20 w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1984 Martin D-35 Guitar Center 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This very rare iteration of the D-35 platform was crafted to celebrate Guitar Center’s 20th anniversary. Only 20 were made, and this Commemorative Edition D-35 features scalloped X-bracing and aged toner on the Sitka spruce top, with a vintage-style truss rod assembly. This guitar has also received all the maintenance due its vintage, befitting from a fresh neck reset and a new carved and compensated bone saddle.

Tonewoods include solid 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 decidedly lively and articulate.

The instrument offers ample volume and rich projection, with Martin's signature piano-like clarity. Very expressive, this D-35 has bold, booming bass register power and sweet, sparking treble cut. The instrument has a high volume ceiling with minimal compression when digging in hard with a flatpick, and the instrument's broad dynamic range is sympathetic to fingerpicking too. Weighing 4lbs 9oz, this Martin D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and fresh bronze 12-53 strings.

The mahogany neck is a medium depth, soft V-shaped profile carve, increasing in overall heft further up the fretboard and rounding out to more of a C shape, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .985“ at the 9th. The original slender frets exhibit moderate wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-3, with similar light finger wear into the ebony in this area. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck; the scale length is 25.4”, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock has a rosewood veneer, and the Martin-stamped Schaller tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The guitar benefits from a fresh professional neck reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle ensuring viability for decades of future use. A new carved and compensated drop-in bone saddle has ample height, and the ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges. The tortoise pickguard is a very light-colored example, consistent with this era of Martin production. The Guitar Center Commemorative Edition label is visible through the soundhole, signed by C.F. Martin IV, and the brass Commemorative Edition plaque is present on the neck heel, identifying this guitar as #16 of 20.

The original nitro lacquer finish exhibits no touch-up or overspray, and there is one professionally addressed, very slight split on the top at the treble-side lower bout. The back and rims are crack-free, and there is concentrated buckle rash central to the back, as well as a number of minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a worn-in, easy playing semi-gloss feel.

A black tolex hardshell case is included, and a number of stickers have been affixed to the bottom of the case.