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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / So the Martin D-35 turned 50 this year...

reverend mikey
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May 1st, 2015 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This isn't *new* news, but I don't see a thread about it here yet, so here goes.

The D-35 (yes, I'm gassing for one!) turned 50 this year; you probably know the story: back in '65 they started running out of Brazilian Rosewood boards big enough to build dreadnaughts that didn't have run out / imperfections in the panels, so someone came up with the idea of a 3-piece back.

They also decided to tweak the tone, so they also used the 1/4" wide braces from smaller guitars, which opened up the top some.

Anyway, all standard D-35's built this year (2015) get a special internal sticker on the back, and they are building 100 Limited Edition Brazilian 50th Anniversary units (only the middle piece on the back and head plate are Brazilian; the sides and other back panels are Madagascar Rosewood). These LE units are priced accordingly, $6,999 list price...out of reach for mere mortals like me.

But I'm prepping to order a standard model by the end of June; my local dealer (where I buy LOTS of gear) will sell it to me for 15% below MAP, which is around $2599... so for around $2,200 + 7% tax.

Anyone else bought (or buying) a D-35 this year? Any other D-35 owners, please chime in (including those with a Johnny Cash Signature Model, which is a D-35 under all that black paint).

reverend mikey
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May 1st, 2015 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Evidently the 100 LE D-35's are being built with a 1 3/4" nut; I also want that on mine, even if it's a special order for a few $$ more.

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May 1st, 2015 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got one. It's an early '80's model. I've had it 7 or 8 years. I love it, but its not been out of its case for maybe a year

Too many guitars. ;-(

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May 2nd, 2015 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey, aren't you a southpaw? Do you have to special order?

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May 2nd, 2015 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I vividly remember being a sophomore in college when the D-35 came out. I dropped into the Denver Folklore Center to check them out.

They were absolutely beautiful and I fell in love with the look of the 3 piece back. However…

All three they had sounded like they were stuffed full of socks. Incredibly disappointing to me but it wasn't of much concern since I was a poor college student and couldn't dream of buying such an expensive instrument. To this day, I still greatly prefer the sound of East Indian Rosewood over Brazilian (like those D-35's were) or any other wood.

A couple days after that trip to the Folklore Center, I ran into a fellow student who had just bought a new D-12-35. That instrument sounded incredible and I knew one day I had to own one. In the early 80's I acquired a beautiful '69 D-12-35 and enjoyed it for many years.

D-35's? Yep, I'm a BIG fan! But I want one made in 1970 or later.

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(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 01:29 AM, May 3rd, 2015)

reverend mikey
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May 2nd, 2015 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Mikey, aren't you a southpaw? Do you have to special order?"

Yep, special order for a lefty, but it's no upcharge from Martin. According to Tim at Dietze (talked to him about this yesterday), he checked and they said it would take about 4 months to build me a lefty.

Dietze has always given me great prices well below MAP (since they know the guitar isn't going to hang on the wall), and their customer service is excellent.

Ragtop
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May 2nd, 2015 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed, Dietze is great. I miss Russo's, but a bunch of those guys found their way over to Dietze.

I found my '81 Guild D46 at Dietze many years ago. That was a lucky day for me.

reverend mikey
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May 3rd, 2015 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ragtop, we've probably been in Dietze at the same time and didn't know it! (I'm in there - let's just say - not infrequently...)

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May 3rd, 2015 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could be!

I just finished up 6 weeks of bluegrass lessons from Glen Smith, was there more than usual.

Haven't been shopping, however, as my GAS seems to be satiated with the purchase of my Stonebridge (pics in profile).

reverend mikey
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May 3rd, 2015 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! Is that Madagascar Rosewood on the back & sides? What size is it? Looks like it's smaller than an OM, but larger than a 00.

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May 3rd, 2015 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a G23CC. The G is for the size, grand auditorium. The 23 is the model, and CC is for the cedar top and cocobolo back/sides.

Very sweet fingerpicker, top notch build. Got a wider neck than I'm used to, took some getting used to.

Prettier in person than in the photos. It's so glossy it is hard to photograph.

















reverend mikey
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May 5th, 2015 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, so I sold a couple guitars today (to the same guy - and he previously bought another guitar from me!), so I can now order a D-35 Standard...

...only it will be *slightly* Custom (and will be built in the Martin Custom Shop because of the add on options).

I'm getting it with the 1 3/4" nut, and also with "butterbean" open back Grover tuners (which come standard on the Seth Avett model). Even with these options, I'm still getting it slightly below MAP for a floor model...so I'm happy.

Will take about 4 months to build...

...I've waited longer for other lefty builds!

So, it only took me till 57 to get my first Martin.

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May 5th, 2015 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rev: In 2010 I had a D-35 Custom built for me. It took about 6 months to get it. Here's that I ordered as custom features:

* High gloss neck and headstock

* Ivoroid binding

* High contrast center wedge on back

* Solid black ebony fretboard

* No runout

The finished instrument was absolutely stunning! Unfortunately, it didn't sound as good as it looked so I eventually moved it on. Happily, I didn't lose any money on it.

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reverend mikey
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May 5th, 2015 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6L6,

Yeah, I didn't request anything special cosmetically on the back wood panels...I'm hoping the tone will be the focus.

The D-35 standard they currently have in the local shop sounds better than both the D-35 Seth Avett model and the Retro D-35. If mine starts out sounding as good as that one, I'll be satisfied.

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May 5th, 2015 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats, mikey! Very nice.

My first Martin was an HD28V. It had the butterbean tuners, which I liked.

And now the wait....

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