C. F. Martin D-35 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1979)

C. F. Martin  D-35 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1979)
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C. F. Martin D-35 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1979), made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 408090, natural finish, rosewood back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, rigid foam case.
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 in. (12.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This guitar is a good "gigging" late '70s Martin D-35, worn in and a bit scruffy overall, but a fine enough player. The finish has some noticeable wear and tear, with scuffs, dings, and dents overall including several decent sized belt-buckle spots on the back and some fairly deep pickwear in the face above the strings. The top finish shows signs of having been decorated with a number of stickers at some point (funny, as it missed the 1960s!) and some outlines are still visible. The finish on the back of the neck is worn down with a number of small dings and dents, but no major loss.

There is a small headstock area repair, a stress crack to the mahogany grain running back from the nut just under 1" long, more noticeable on the bass side. This is solidly sealed up but not finished over so it is visible on close inspection. The only other crack on the guitar is a very small grain split to the top by the lower treble bout. There is one deep "case lid ding" into the wood on the top near the opposite edge.

The original bridge is cut down fairly low and the pickguard has been replaced with an older-style tortoise pattern piece. The action is low, the frets have only minor wear (it is likely an older refret), and the guitar plays very well, with a deep and chunky sound. There is an undersaddle pickup installed with an endpin jack and a battery box attached to the back off the upper angled brace. This D-35 is "only" 40 years old but has definitely been heavily gigged, and is ready for another few decades of use. Not a closet queen, this is a Martin Dreadnought that can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'! Very Good + Condition.