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reverend mikey

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May 29th, 2015 08:59 AM        

I've included some info about this in the Lefty Forum and the Unplugged Forum, but will offer a little more on quality/fit 'n' finish here.<br /> <br /> Some background:<br /> <br /> I have been a Larrivee acoustic player (and lover!) for over 20 years (ordered/received my first, a lefty hog Larrivee OM in '92). I still love Larrivees, and always will, but I'd also been bitten years ago by the Martin D-35 bug - especially gassed for a Johnny Cash Signature D-35. But that wasn't going to happen at those prices (about double what a standard D-35 goes for).<br /> <br /> I finally bit the bullet because this is the 50th year for the D-35, and every one made this year gets a special commemorative "D-35/50" sticker inside. Not a big deal, but just special to me.<br /> <br /> First of all, my ordering experienced was awesome... I was told it would be around 4 months before my lefty D-35 arrived...<br /> <br /> ...ordered May 11th, arrived May 27th ... 16 DAYS!!! The only problem was I had to scrape up enough money to pay off the balance!<br /> <br /> Anyway, the guitar is gorgeous, very nice silking in the spruce top, no really odd grain, no bearclaw (which I didn't want). The 3-piece back has just the right amount of contrast between the side and center pieces. The fretboard is a solid black piece of ebony (which they include as a spec for this model - no variations in the ebony wood fingerboard). <br /> <br /> Overall, the quality of the top spruce and rosewood back and sides are very high; construction is very solid with a very clean, neat interior. I'm not crazy about the "Crest-white" Boltaron binding that Martin has started using (who is?), but I'm assuming it will eventually age and change color with the finish.<br /> <br /> My one question for Martin - what is the D-35 neck wood, really? The specs say "hardwood" not "mahogany", and they do specify another wood somewhere else used for D-18/28/etc. necks. So that might be my only gripe, that on a guitar of this price and "quality" it probably isn't a mahogany neck.<br /> <br /> It sounds great right out of the box - and I'm comparing it to my Larrivees. The D-35 has incredible volume, punch, ring and sustain already - it will be fun to listen to it really open up and go! I am looking forward to putting a set of John Pearse strings on it.<br /> <br /> The set-up needs some minor tweaking (which I could do, but since it's included in the purchase, I'll have it done at the shop where I bought it) - lower nut slots a little, and maybe the saddle a little, but that's it - otherwise set up very well.<br /> <br /> So far I'm happy to finally be a Martin owner. Can't wait to hear what she sounds like in 10 or 20 years (Lord willing I'm still around that long!).



Gene from Tampa

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May 31st, 2015 12:30 PM        

Beautiful guitar. My D-35 is eight years old now and really opened up. Make sure you use lighter strings on it - it has thinner bracing than say a D-28. That's one of the reasons I like it - you can play fingerstyle and get good volume from it. I got a second saddle for it from Maury's and sanded it lower for that purpose. I kept the original saddle unchanged and switch back and forth sometimes. If I'm going to hammer it with a pick I'll go with the original saddle.



reverend mikey

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May 31st, 2015 01:45 PM        

Thanks for that word of advice Gene, I may have to do that as well when I have it set up.<br /> <br /> Hadn't thought about using lighter strings with the lighter bracing, I'll give that a try as well.



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