1965 Martin D 35/ Old Growth Brazilian/
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-06-15)
Price : US $3,913
Here we have a lovely 1965 Martin D-35 (serial # 206858) with beautiful old growth Brazilian Rosewood. 1965 was the first year of production for the D-35 and it’s rare to find one this old. First let’s talk about what condition the guitar is in and what repairs have been done. Structurally, the guitar is very healthy. I’m the third owner and the guitar had a professionally repaired hairline crack when I purchased it –about a 1.5” long, located by the pickguard (see photo). Recently the guitar has had more work –specifically a neck reset, a bridge reglue, rosette repair, 3 professionally repaired back cracks (which are too faint to capture in pictures), a cleated back brace, a refret, a bone saddle replacement, and a pro setup. All work was done and completed by Greg Voros of Gruhn Guitars here in Nashville. Personally, I can’t think of a better person to work on a guitar. The neck is straight and true and the action is smooth as silk. Everything is original about the guitar (including the original “patent pending” Grover tuners, its tortoise pickguard, its finish and the original guitar case) however, the nut looks to have been replaced by a previous owner and the bridge pins w/ red dots are not original. Aesthetically, the guitar is in excellent condition. There are no major dings, but there are a few/normal scratches for a guitar of this age. However, cosmetically speaking, it’s one of the cleanest D-35’s I’ve seen.
This Martin D-35 was the same model favored by the late great Johnny Cash and I can understand why. Perfect for booming rhythm work or blistering leads, this guitar is an all around workhorse and a pure tone machine. Unlike other D-35 models made after 1968 (which were unwisely fitted w/ the tone-deadening rosewood bridge plates) this D-35 has its original maple bridge plate which improves its tone. For collectors and players alike, this is very important and makes this guitar much more valuable –not...
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-06-15)
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