Martin D-35 Video Review

Some quick spec’s

  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back/Sides: Solid East Indian Rosewood (3-piece back)
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard/Bridge: Ebony
  • Finish: Polished Gloss (though the consensus seems to be that it’s nitro lacquer)

What I like:

Sound/Tone

It’s classic/iconic Martin all the way. Punchy and thick, yet balanced. This guitar really shines when you dig in with your pick, but the tone is very soft and delicate when you play finger style. Overall the tone is very warm but retains clarity. It’s probably best just to watch the video above where I gush on and on about how much I like the tone, but then actually play it a bit so you can hear for yourself.

Feel

Some guitars feel right, and some feel wrong. This one definitely feels right. Strum a chord and the whole guitar comes alive. My particular D-35 is set up just right for my playing style. The action is fairly low, but no buzzing when I strum it.

Construction/Quality

Martin builds the D-XX series to last. There are Martins around there are over 100 years old.

Looks

As the numbers go higher in the D-series, Martin puts more bling on the guitars. So the D-35 is more ornate than the D-28 (which basically means binding up the neck plus a few other details). In my opinion, the D-35 looks classic without being presumptuous. I like the non-cutaway look on an acoustic, and the 3-piece back is pretty sweet.

The Smell

Seriously. Smell one.

What I don’t Like

The back of the neck is kind of sticky

I’ve always preferred more of a satin finish, and the ‘polished gloss’ gets a bit sticky for my taste.

The finish seems somewhat delicate

Photos

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