1969 Martin D-35 Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-5830
1969 Martin D-35 Sitka Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood
It is said that at times during the 50's and 60's, Martin had a 3 year backlog in instrument orders! Nothing else sounded like a Martin and nothing else would do. It was THE prestigious guitar to own. This backlog would lead Martin to build their new factory in Nazareth in 1964 where they continue to build today. 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. Bob Johnson, who was hired in 1962 as a computer expert. He later becoming a vice president of the company. Johnson came up with the idea of a three piece back, since Martin had a surplus of 6 inch sections. After a new bracing pattern was worked out, the D-35 was born! A favorite of Elvis, the D-35 was outselling the popular D-28 model within a few years of it's release.
The Martin 1969 D-35 was one of the last Martin's to use Brazilian Rosewood. This resulted in a significant price drop in all models featuring Brazilian Rosewood. Brazilian Rosewood was, and is the most highly regarded wood for back and sides. It was primarily used on the early pre-war guitars that we all love. Known for rich basses and crystal clear highs, as well as it's gorgeous figuring. This particular guitar has a wonderful crisp, dry tone. Very reminiscent of a 50's D28. Lots of definition and clarity with this one! With a sitka spruce top, it still remains highly responsive. It's perfect for fingerstyle players, or flatpicking lead lines.
This D-35 is a vintage instrument thus having the dings and scratches you would expect from a 40+ year old instrument. The photos below show in detail, the mentioned areas. You will also notice that there is a signature on the back, by none other than Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams! There is also a Highlander pickup installed. However it does not function, as the lead wires from the pickup have been clipped. A more modern molded black Martin non Original Hardshell Case is Included.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 254565
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25.4"
- Year: 1969
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- Pickup(s): NON FUNCTIONING HIGHLANDER
- Case: Non Original Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: Signed By Don Williams