Martin 1977 D-35
The Martin D-35 came about in the 1960's as a response to a lack of Brazilian rosewood in Martin's reserve, as well as a move to slightly expand their production, and landed as a favorite model of the 1960's and 70's for its volume, punch, and wide ranging tone.
This example from 1977 is in great condition for a guitar of its age. The spruce top with its thin, vintage nitro finish, has just the right amount of checking, with the tasteful wear extending to the gorgeous Indian rosewood back and sides. There is some finish wear on the binding, but it’s only visual and cannot be felt.
This guitar probably has been refretted at some point, but all the other hardware is original, including the original Schaller tuners, the Ebony bridge and bone saddle and nut. This guitar has not had a neck reset but still has a decent amount of saddle left above the bridge. The neck, made of solid mahogany, has a comfortable V shape with a strap button attached to the heel sometime in the past.
This guitar is a great piece of vintage Martin gear for anyone looking for the next grade acoustic for their lineup. Serial #400040 comes with a vintage Martin hardshell case, possibly original.