C. F. Martin Style 35 Guitar
The Style 35 first appeared in 1965 when
Martin was having trouble sourcing Brazilian Rosewood in widths
sufficient for the backs of it's
popular D-28 Dreadnaught guitars.
The D-35 is also distinguished by a bound fingerboard to help attract
customers as a more "premium" guitar.
1/4" bracing gave the D-35 a richer, more
mellow sound, which helped make the D-35 the "go-to" guitar for
singer-songwriters in the 1970's.
Martin D-35 Guitar
1965 Martin D-35
Like the Style 28 of the era, the top border, inspired by the F series
arch top Martins, is comprised of straight lines. The D-28 and D-35
are typically 6 ply borders, to provide a black innermost ply to contrast
with the light natural top, as opposed to the 7 ply F series borders
designed to contrast with a dark shaded top.
The D-35 was introduced in 1965, a time of great change to Martin guitars:
last year for routine use of hide glue.
return to short saddles, previously used before 1918
change from "tortoise" to black pick guard
change from "Ivoroid" to "Boltaron" purflings
change from small maple to small rosewood bridge plate
last year of mitered fingerboard binding
change to larger rosewood bridge plate
change from Brazilian to East Indian rosewood
Martin 1966 D-35
The corners of the fingerboard binding was mitered until August, 1966.
This 1966 D-35 was built in the last year to have a tortoise pickguard and
small maple bridge plate.
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