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Ragtop
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Jan 12th, 2015 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A friend of mine inherited his late father's 1983 Martin D-35. He told me about the guitar, and I volunteered to have a look at it, clean it up, and give him an idea of its value. He dropped it by yesterday; also, he is not a guitar player.

Anyway, his father was a working musician for many years, and this was his only acoustic guitar. It has been around the block many times, and shows a lot of wear. It also needs a neck reset, has a crack in the top, and the pickguard is just starting to curl.

It's also just plain cruddy, and I'm starting to work on that. Had to fight with it to get the ancient strings off, but managed to get the pins out without breaking any; will buy new ones for it.

The first issue, after I get it cleaned up, is to fix that top crack and replace the pickguard. I'll take it in for that, beyond my limited expertise.

Should be a decent player when done, though. The action is decent in the first 3-4 frets, so my friend can probably skip the neck reset if he doesn't want to go to that expense.

He also brought me his father's Telecaster, and I posted a thread about that in the Telecaster room. It's a stunner!

'83 D-35

amphead4
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Jan 12th, 2015 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although a neck reset is an expensive repair, that guitar is worth it.

Ragtop
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Jan 12th, 2015 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed. If it were mine, it would be on the way back to Nazareth already.

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Jan 12th, 2015 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've done neck resets and replacments and have all the equipment to do such.

I still think I'd send this one to Martin.

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Jan 12th, 2015 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My favorite model Martin. Fix it for sure!

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telegib

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Jan 12th, 2015 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Martin of that quality is worth the repair for sure.

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Jan 14th, 2015 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I installed some e-tronics in a D35 of about that vintage a couple of years ago. It was the best sounding and playing acoustic I have ever had in my hands. I'd get it fixed even if I didn't play.

Case in point. I inherited my Grandfathers violin. It was built by a private builder in Cleveland, Ohio in 1920. To the violin shop it went for a complete set up. New bridge, tuning pegs, sound post, strings, bow re-haired and proper cleaning. I spent a few hundred on the work including a nice case and display box. I will never play it but just wanted in "right". It sits on top of the Leslie in my living room.

Ragtop
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Jan 14th, 2015 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Martin spent 3 days with me getting humidified, cleaned, and polished. And I treated the ebony fret board and polished the frets. It looks 100% better already. The rosewood on the back is really pretty.

Then I took it in yesterday to cleat the crack in the top and replace the pickguard. Got some new bridge pins and a set of Elixers for it too.

It should be greatly improved when I get it back. We'll see how it plays then.

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Jan 20th, 2015 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've only played 2 D-35s in my life but both of those were real rumblers. They would give you a lap dance and still have those nice round trebles I like.I always thought it was to do with the 3 piece back.

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Jan 21st, 2015 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nothing to do with the three piece back. Unlike the other Martin rosewood dreads with 5/16ths top bracing.. the D-35 has 1/4" bracing as used on the vey small bodied Martins.

Best Martin I ever owned was a 1969 D-35S. 12 fret slot head sloper. (pre CFM IV)

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Mar 7th, 2015 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The curling pg is common on these- I have a '76 D35 and lucky for me, it still has the lifetime warranty. All I've done is that & a binding repair, also common.

What tone! I'm a small guy so it's big for me but I'll never part with it- my grandson already has his name on it when I pass.

Ragtop
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Mar 7th, 2015 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The original pickguard has been replaced. Apparently it's quite a process; the old pg is removed, and the wood underneath is treated with something that fills in the "shadow" to some degree. The replacement pg is just *slightly* larger so that it covers the original shadow.

And the crack in the top was repaired. You wouldn't know it was ever there unless you know exactly where to look.

The repairman did a nice job, the guitar looks great. And the guy who inherited the guitar is learning how to play it. The neck reset can wait for now.

reverend mikey
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May 1st, 2015 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ragtop,

Who did the cleat repair on the top? Someone local?

Also, does that '83 have the old style truss rod, or is it an adjustable one? I don't remember what year Martin started using adjustable rods.

***Going to start a new thread on D-35's, but wanted to comment on this one as well.

Ragtop
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May 2nd, 2015 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey, there is a new guitar tech at Dietze on Center St., and he did the repairs. Did a very nice job.

No truss rods at all in this '83. I believe the first truss rods appeared in'85.

reverend mikey
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May 2nd, 2015 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, that was probably Rich - they guy with the beard and pony tail? He also has another guy assisting him (older, head shaved).

Rich is working on a couple things for me right now. One in particular is locating a mystery buzz on the C note frequency (on the A string).

"No truss rods." They weren't adjustable, but wasn't there some kind of rod in them? Like a separate piece of graphite or ebony?

reverend mikey
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May 2nd, 2015 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also, Dietze is doing a major expansion at the Omaha store ... I got a peek at it yesterday (from Tim Pratt, one of the owners). They're adding a bunch more practice rooms and moving keyboards into their own room, etc. All the work will be finished by next Christmas or so (but some of it much sooner than that).

Ragtop
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May 2nd, 2015 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rich- that's correct, couldn't remember.

I heard about the big expansion from Jent, their horn guy. He's an old friend from HS, and the best sax player around here. Need to get down there and have a look

And you are probably right about some kind of non-adjustable rod in the neck. I just don't know for sure.

Tom B.

Norman OK

May 5th, 2015 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IIRC, that vintage had a non-adjustable square hollow tube (my '81 D-28 does). I think earlier ones with a rod had a non-adjustable T-bar.

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