Martin D-35 1935 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar

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Product Overview

The Martin D-35 dreadnought acoustic guitar was birthed in the folk music boom of the 1960s. Designed in 1965, the D-35 was created because Martin was experiencing a shortage of rosewood wide enough to build their famous D-28. Known for its three-piece back, with a contrasting center wedge, the D-35 quickly caught on with musicians that preferred the cosmetic look of a three-piece back. Along with the cosmetic changes to the appearance, the D-35 offered a different sound and tone to the famous D-28.

Constructed with 1/4” bracing, the D-35 had a slight bump in the bottom end when compared to the stiffer 5/16” bracing of the D-28. Over time players really began to latch on to the tonal variation, and as a result, the D-35 quickly became an industry standard among players and collectors alike. 

Vintage Tone Meets Modern Playability
Today, the D-35 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has been refined to combine the best of the vintage 1930's appointments, with the playability of a modern guitar. Like the D-35 from the 1960s, the bracing is 1/4” in thickness, but the placement of the X brace has been forward-shifted to be located one inch from the soundhole. Now, the D-35 Standard has a very even bass, with just the right blend of the mid and high-end frequencies. The sound is everything you would expect from a fine-tuned Martin acoustic guitar. 

Playability has been dramatically improved by changing the neck to a modified low oval, with a Performing Artist taper and 1-3/4” nut. The wider string spacing and comfortable neck profile allow a player to move up and down the neck with ease. And, unlike the more traditional feeling acoustic guitars of the past, newer D-35 Standard models will have familiar vintage tone with a playing feel that will be more similar to that of an electric guitar. 

Other Appointments
Along with an amazing sound and feel, this D-35 Standard Dreadnought acoustic features a solid spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony bridge and fingerboard, hand-fit dovetail neck joint, nitrocellulose lacquer, mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlay pattern, antique white binding, aging toner, and a bone nut and saddle. 

Includes a hardshell case.

  • White binding
  • Chose Aged Toner, Ambertone or Sunburst finish
  • Style 28 Multi-stripe rosette
  • White plastic bridge pins with black dots
  • Multi-stripe back inlay
  • Multi-stripe side inlay
  • Mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays


  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Spruce
  • Back and sides: East Indian rosewood 
  • Bracing pattern: 1/4" non-scalloped spruce X-bracing
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed 


  • Neck shape: Low Profile  
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm) 
  • Fingerboard: Ebony 
  • Neck wood: Select hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4"  
  • Number of frets: 20 
  • Neck finish: Satin 


  • Pickup/preamp: No 


  • Headstock overlay: East Indian rosewood 
  • Tuning machines: Gold open-gear 
  • Bridge: Ebony 
  • Saddle and nut: Compensated Bone/Bone  
  • Number of strings: 6 
  • Special features: 
  • Case: Hardshell case 
  • Accessories: None 
  • Country of origin: United States


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