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neilp
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Jan 12th, 2015 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a long term itch for a "nice" Martin. I've had an OMC-15ce for some years now - a craiglist find that needed a lot of work but now plays great. Except I just cannot get along with the wide neck. My hand screams for mercy after 2 or 3 songs.

I also always have this thing in the back of my mind that "nice" guitars have a bound neck. So D35s have always appealed greatly - thinner neck, bound neck and they sound great usually.

But the price has always put me off. Now for reasons of GAS control I try not to peruse the craigslist music section too often but I had little moment of weakness last Friday... and there it was a nice condition, one owner D35 at a very attractive price. How could I resist taking a look? Couldn't hurt, could it? Well of course it came home with me as you already guessed!

Some new strings and a few tweaks to the saddle height and truss rod and it plays great. It has the odd ding here and there but I kinda like that. I don't have to worry about it being left on a stand in the living room. This one will get played!

This is by far and away the nicest acoustic I have ever owned. Far nicer than my crappy playing deserves! The real test will be if it gets played over my long term favorite Seagull S6 (a $100 pawn shop find that sounds and plays fantastically). Time will tell!

Bubbalou
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Jan 12th, 2015 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seagull S6's are nice guitars as are Martin D35's from my understanding (haven't played the D35).
Congratulations!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 12th, 2015 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yay! I'm really pleased with mine. 6L6 posted that the D-35 is his favorite model.

Gene from Tampa
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Jan 12th, 2015 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went to the local GC four years ago (my 60th Birthday) to browse and my wife was with me. I tried out a new D-28 and the salesman walks in with a used 2008 D-35. I try it and my wife says it's louder than the D-28. Now I play finger style and the thinner bracing suited me better. Even better than that my wife bought it for me on the spot as a b'day gift! Only thing I did was add fossilized mammoth bridge pins. Nothing changed tone-wise but the looks I get when I tell people what it is ... I enjoy their reactions.

Enjoy yours!

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Jan 13th, 2015 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HD-35 blows my head off (for whatever that's worth)!

Mountie
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Jan 13th, 2015 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nicest sounding guitar I ever played was a D-35.

Enjoy!

Jake
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Wait, what?
Jan 13th, 2015 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a closet classic folk style s6 in a hardshell case for 50 bucks at the garage sale.

neilp
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Jan 13th, 2015 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I got a closet classic folk style s6 in a hardshell case for 50 bucks at the garage sale."

Wow. I though I did great getting my Seagull for $100. It was in like new condition then. It's got some wear and tear on it now though!

I am really enjoying the D35. It does have a different tonality compared to the Seagull. Not sure how to describe it a bit more mid range perhaps? The sustain is amazing. It rings forever.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 13th, 2015 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's something I've noticed about both of my Martins, incredible sustain. Big difference from my solid top (lam sides and back) Yamaha FG!

telegib

Canada

Jan 14th, 2015 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I also always have this thing in the back of my mind that "nice" guitars have a bound neck. So D35s have always appealed greatly - thinner neck, bound neck and they sound great usually.

But the price has always put me off."

Buy your dream Martin now while you can. Don't put it off. I've spent thousands of dollars on other acoustics and put off my dream acoustic because it was expensive. If I added it all up now I could have owned 3 Martins! Now I have my HD 28 and couldn't be happier. And I have had mine now since 2006. The honeymoon still isn't over. In fact it's only going to sound better as time goes on.

Buy your guitar.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 08:57 PM, Jan 14th, 2015)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Jan 14th, 2015 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What telegib said. While Neil bought his Martin, I wish I'd bit the bullet earlier in my life. I did it with watches, I did it with Fenders, but I played a Chevy of an acoustic for the last 20 years and a Yugo before it.

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Jan 15th, 2015 11:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As Chris noted above, I've always liked the D-35 best amongst Martin guitars. Love the 3 piece back especially.

Enjoy your great new axe!

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Jan 16th, 2015 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My HD28 is about 5 years old and gets better all the time. Rings like a bell, and still smells great too. 😉

neilp
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Jan 16th, 2015 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Enjoy your great new axe!"

I am still absolutely thrilled with it! It really is a great instrument. I also like that it is a bit used so it's on the stand in the living room rather than in a case somewhere. A few more nicks and scratches from me will not do any harm to this guitar's value or appeal so I can play it like it was meant to be.

For the same reason I like to buy used watches and used cars. "Pre-disastered" to quote a great movie.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 16th, 2015 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like pre-owned too when I find something worthy. I've had great luck with used guitars and cars. Guns too.

Women, less so...

telegib

Canada

Jan 17th, 2015 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on your new guitar neilp.

reverend mikey
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May 1st, 2015 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Women, less so..."

LOL - thanks for that - think I'll stick with my first wife (of over 32 years).

All this talk of Martins has me gassin' for a D-35; you guys aren't helping quell the gas, either!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Psst, got any gabagool?
May 1st, 2015 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We're here for you, bro. ;o)

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