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1995 Martin D-35 Standard Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case & Pickup


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Up for sale, a 1995 Martin D-35 Standard Series acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case. This Martin has aged exceptionally well over the last almost 30 years, with an open, articulate tone befitting a nicely worked-in solid Sitka Spruce top paired with solid East Indian rosewood back and sides.

This Martin is a stunning sounding instrument, with exquisite power, note definition and treble sparkle, offering a satisfying percussive cut and broad sound indicative of the dreadnought body shape and tonewoods at play. 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 than many other D-shape Martins. The bass register is present and clear with a high volume ceiling, while the trebles have a snappy, chiming quality. Weighing 4lbs 10oz, this Martin D-35 has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh bronze 12-53 strings.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a very subtle increase in overall depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard boasts pearl dot inlays and original slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing grooves beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-3 and fainter wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 6. With 14 clear of the body, the guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 25.4", and the nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone, measuring 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Martin logo is clean on the face of the rosewood veneer, and the stock chrome Schaller tuners are intact as well, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should. There are also some minor nicks and scuffs on the top headstock edge.

The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the original bridge plate is intact. While the saddle is low, and action is well-within proper spec at 7/64" on the bass side at the 12th fret and 5/64" on the treble side. A passive undersaddle pickup has been installed for scenarios where more volume is required, complete with an endpin 1/4" jack. The Sitka spruce shows a small amount of ambering of the gloss top finish, with modest strum wear across the strum path, one small nick on top just north of the soundhole, and various light finish scratches and minor marks from careful use on the body as a whole. There is one very light and professionally repaired split on the rosewood rim on the bass side adjacent to the endpin jack. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original black Martin-branded molded hardshell case is included, and the name of a previous owner is present on the lid.