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After 1969, Martin largely abandoned the use of Brazilian Rosewood due to increasing environmental issues and supply struggles. That makes this D-35 one of the last standard Dreadnoughts that Martin would build with that awesome tonewood for decades to come. As such, we were surprised to find such a fine set of Brazilian for the back and sides on this D-35, and of course the Sitka Spruce top is nothing to scoff at either. Further, we were surprised to find this Martin in such excellent condition!
There's hardly been any work done that we can tell, and play wear is at an absolute minimum. We often see guitars an eigth as old as this D-35 that look more like twice as old! Don't go thinking this Martin hasn't been played, now: the voice has opened up wonderfully and has the robust, easy explosiveness that you'd associate with a properly broken in Martin Dreadnought. If you're looking for a Bluegrass cannon to reduce the competition to piles of twisted fret wire and melted pickguards, this 1969 Martin D-35 has the right kind of spice for your flatpicking needs.
After 1969, Martin largely abandoned the use of Brazilian Rosewood due to increasing environmental issues and supply struggles. That makes this D-35 ...read full descriptionArtists who play instruments by this builder: Eric Clapton, Norman Blake, John Mayer, Clarence White, Richie Sambora, Steve Earle, Beck, Roger McGuinn, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, George Jones
"A fine Bluegrass Martin Dread that's dripping with vintage mojo. This D-35 is in wonderful condition, and is ready to rumble for many more years to come." - Paul Heumiller
"This was the last year that Martin used Brazilian Rosewood for this model and this one sounds great. It has the smaller neck profile and 1 11/16" nut width. It's in great shape." - Al Petteway