The HD-35 acoustic guitar combines Martin's visually striking 3-piece back design with many of the prewar features of the legendary herringbone D-28. Tonally, the guitar's rosewood back produces a str... Read More
The HD-35 acoustic guitar combines Martin's visually striking 3-piece back design with many of the prewar features of the legendary herringbone D-28. Tonally, the guitar's rosewood back produces a strong bass, making it ideal for rhythm playing. The top is constructed of solid Sitka spruce and braced with scalloped 1/4" high-performance braces to deliver big, open tones. Includes case.
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I originally had my heart set on a Gibson Hummingbird, but after playing the various versions week after week, I was left feeling like it was missing a lot of the bass and resonance I was looking for. After many trips to Guitar Center seeking out my ideal dreadnought, I had narrowed down my choices to either a Martin D-18 or Martin D-35. While the D-18 played beautifully, it lacked the bass overtones I was looking for. I was very close to getting the D-35 when I read about the HD-35 which had the 1/4" AND scalloped bracing. Sold. The guitar plays beautifully and has all of the projection and bass I was hoping for. The factory setup is well done, and the guitar is extremely playable right out of the box (if you're a fingerstyle player, then you may want to get the action lowered, but if you're getting this guitar then I'm guessing you aren't). The model I received already sounds like a "played in" guitar, much more so than other guitars I've been playing for 5-10 years. Also, I have to mention that the guitar is incredibly aesthetically pleasing with the herringbone purfling, three piece back, and white binding on the fingerboard (which is something I personally love). I would 100% recommend this guitar to anybody looking for a big, bold, and bassy sound.
I did a lot of homework before buying this guitar, and I want to share some of that information with any potential buyers out there trying to separate facts from anecdotes. Research: I had narrowed my search to Martin D-28 vs. D-35, and I also considered the HD versions of each guitar. The main design difference between these models (outside of the aesthetics) is how the guitar is braced. The 28 series use 5/16 inch Sitka and the 35 series use 1/4 inch Sitka. The difference between HD and D models is that the HD models use scalloped bracing and the D models do not. Therefore, the designed flexure of the guitar body is D-28<D-35<HD-28<HD-35. One should find that objectively, loudness should follow that pattern. Tone would include other variable such as type/state of strings, the room you are playing in, and how you are playing at that time. This adds variability as every guitar and every playing circumstance can give a difference result. Woods & neck: According to Martin, all these guitars have solid Sitka spruce tops and East Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck for 28 (non V-neck) and 35 models are both listed as low profile, and have the same dimensions for nut (1 11/16 inch) and 12th fret width (2 1/8 inch). Although it did seem to me that the neck of the 35 series was slightly more slender. Also, the 35 series has binding along the neck edges, while the 28 series does not. Finally, the 28 series has the diamond detail at the head stock transition (looks like upside down ?V? in the wood) and the 35 series does not; however this is not the same as a V-neck 28! Opinion: Okay, with that out of the way, here?s my review of my HD-35 after about one month of ownership. The sound volume is amazing with excellent dynamics; the tone is crisp with clear mid-range sound while fingerpicking. If you strum it hard, this guitar really booms out like a cannon. The build quality is also amazing, with very fine attention to detail, and the 3-piece back design is beautiful. Finally, my favorite thing is that this is a very playable guitar. The factory setup was perfect for how I like to play. It plays almost as smoothly as my Strat, without fret buzz or loss of tuning up or down on the neck. This is an expensive guitar, and if you are like me you will think very carefully before buying. In my case, I can say the purchase was worth every penny.
How many times do you shop for a guitar, order it without playing it first, and surpass expecataions? 1 of 1 for me. I have a 1981 MArtin HD-28, a 2011 Martin GPCPA1, and some other nice ones. I wanted a MArtin with 1-11/16 nut to allow me to play into my senior moments and not forget the HD28 love which is over the top. After so many years it has small issues in playability but very small and has more tone and resonance than any guitar I have played which is a huge number. I am in my 60's. Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Gospel, Contemporary Gospal. The HD-35 is like playing the 28 in stereo as someone once said, exceptional playability since I milled off 0.03 from ther bone saddle, and transitiones +.002 on low E end. They ain't no Taylors available to match this. Caint touch dis. The pream and transducer(s) will be a simple soundboard and saddle combo. Much Mucho better thant the Aura on the GP models. Take my word for it. If you have the mother load of an ax you don't need all dat. It just adds frustration. A simple Vol and Mix control is all you need with this royalty axe.
this guitar from the moment i picked it up was amazing just as well as when i met the love of my life when this guitar found it's why into my hands it felt like finding love all over again, the finish was so smooth and the perfect sound resonated from it's flawlessly crafted body and the string tension felt like an electric just so smooth and easy and the finish isn't all plasticey it is so smooth feels like a laqur finish to me, i have found no problems with this acoustic, allough it does feel very fragile thats just because of the price you pay. it is very well crafted and perfect for any professionial guitarist or advanced player
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