Vintage Instruments: Martin Guitars

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2008 Martin HD-35

Martin’s HD-35 takes the lightly built D-35 model and adds more top flexibility to the mix with scalloped braces. The result is Martin’s most open and warmly voiced Dreadnought model, and a guitar that responds really well to a light to medium pick attack. Even fingerstyle players find themselves at home on the HD-35, and the model has a reputation as a Dreadnought that most everyone loves.

This example dates from 2008, and features Martin’s 175 anniversary stamp on the back’s center seam. It’s in excellent condition and issue-free, shows very little playwear, and has upgraded bone nut and saddle (installed here), as well as a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup.

Set up here at Folkway with a comfortably low 4-6 64ths action and 12-53 strings.

With original hardshell case

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