1966 Martin D 35 Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-7895
1966 Martin D-35 Sitka and Brazilian Rosewood
This very early example is a strikingly beautiful guitar, with exquisitely figured 3-piece, Brazilian rosewood, back and sides, tortoise celluloid pickguard, and attractive Sitka spruce top.
The Martin D-35 was the first new Dreadnought style to be offered since the first D's came out of Nazareth in the early 1930's, and offered players something a little different than the D-28 - the company's only rosewood D in production since 1942.
Introduced in 1965, the martin D-35 featured a unique, 3-piece back. Brazilian rosewood was becoming harder to acquire and the three piece backs allowed the use of smaller pieces with no noticeable tone loss. A favorite of Elvis, the D-35 was outselling the popular D-28 model within a few years of it's release.
The D-35 was designed with its three-piece back to allow the builders at C.F. Martin Guitars to use rosewood sets that were too small to be used in Dreadnought construction. Brazilian rosewood was already in short supply by the mid 1960's and it would have been shameful to leave such fine wood unused just because it was of the wrong dimensions.
Additionally, this guitar features Ivoroid body binding and bound ebony fingerboard, a volute-less neck, multi-layered side purflings, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. The top's bracing was lightened up significantly, which made the D-35 the most bass-end responsive Dreadnought since scalloped bracing was abandoned in 1944.
At 1/4" wide, Martin D-35 top bracing is a 16th of an inch, or 20%, lighter than that of a D-28. These guitars were designed for a big, warm sound, and instantly found favor with Dreadnought buyers. Within a few years of the model's introduction, its production numbers approached those of the D-28, and by 1974 the Martin D-35 was the company's top selling instrument.
The instrument is in excellent condition with some dents and scratches as expected for it's age and a few repairs as noted in the included Gruhn appraisal included below. "Upon inspection we note that there is a small repaired crack near the pickguard, the pickguard has been reglued, the bridge has been shaved down or is a repro, and there is a small screw hole from a removed strap button beside the heel of the neck in the bass side of the body." We have attempted to capture the wear in the detailed photos below. It has moderate fretwear and includes a hardshell case.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 208111
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: 3 Piece Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 21/32"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Year: 1966
- Bracing: Non-Scalloped Bracing
- Inlays: MOP Dot fingerboard inlays
- Rosette: 3 Ring
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ivoroid w/ Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Grover Wrote O-Matic
- Purfling: B/W/B/W/B
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Headstock Shape: Solid Square
- Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Martin Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Case: Hardshell Case Included