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Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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. 

 
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Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin dreadnought has helped define what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become one of the most popular acoustic guitar designs in the world. 


Features
  • 3-piece rosewood back
  • Rosewood sides
  • Dreadnought body
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Black and white rosette
  • 24-fret Ebony fingerboard
  • Exclusive Martin bracing pattern
  • Herringbone top trim
  • White binding
  • Two zigzag back strips
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MartinStandard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 37 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding instrument with fantastic sound.

By MKH

from Trinidad, Co.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • School Bands

    Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Over the years I have purchased scores of high end electric & acoustic guitars in search of that Holy Grail sound. I've studied build techniques to determine which acoustic guitar would have the best tone. The Martin HD35 is in my opinion the best playing/sounding acoustic guitar that Martin builds. I don't say this because I bought it but because I have experience with Martin guitars. I've owned a HD28 & D41 but I have to say that the HD35 has superior tone & playibility. As far as tone is concerned, the narrower scallopped bracing on the HD35 allows the top to really belt out very loud tone. It plays so easy like a knife cutting butter & is visually beautiful with 3 piece back, Herringbone & classy white binding on body & neck. If ever you have a chance to AB a D35 vs HD35, the scallopped bracing vs non scallopped difference in tone, volume & sustain can really be heard. When I bought this guitar sight unseen I was a bit apprehensive but my GC guy told me not to worry, they could get me another if I wasn't happy with the tone. We all know that all woods are not created equal but I instantly fell in love with this gorgeous guitar.absolutely fantastic guitar! Do yourself a favor and play one, you won't be disappointed. One additional thing I want to say is that over the years I've had many guitar players say that they didn't understand why a top if the line acoustic guitar would come with plastic bridge pins. The reason is that bone expands when the environment is humid a will damage your guitar. Shipping to a more humid region would cause the pins to expand possibly cracking your bridge. If you decide to replace the pins, fossilized Walrus ivory is the best material. It's louder, accentuates harmonic overtones & increases sustain! Play on!

     
    5.0

    1981MartinHD35

    By Vill

    from Belleville, NJ

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Love my 1981 HD 35

       
      5.0

      I love my new HD-35

      By jhorback

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I love this guitar. The three piece back is elegant and the quarter inch bracing really pulls out those subtle notes. Great for finger picking (I like to play classical music), and also incredible sounding when just jamming full chords.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin HD-35

        By Bad Pete

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Elegant Simplicity
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great High And Mid Range
        • Great tone
        • Light Strings Work Great
        • Powerful Bass
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • Superb Workmanship

        Cons

        • No Built In Electronics

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues
        • Solo Performer

        Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        The HD-35 is the most lightly built of the Martin dreadnoughts, and is ideal for the solo player who wants great tone and a powerful bass response. The tone is classic Martin, and the powerful bass allows one to emphasize rhythm. This dreadnought is surprisingly responsive to fingerstyle and light flat picking, yet gives a much stronger bass response than a smaller guitar.
        If you are a heavy strummer using medium gauge strings, and/or play in a band with a bass player, you may be better off with a D-28, or other more heavily built guitar, with less bass response. If you are a soloist with less interest in rhythm and bass response, and place maximum value on note separation, a smaller instrument may be a better choice. If your hands are huge, the neck may be a bit narrow.
        If you are like me: a soloist, who sings, plays both fingerstyle and flat picking, and wants great bass response, I can't think of a better guitar! I am totally happy with mine. My favorite strings for this one are light gauge 80/20 bronze.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exceeded Expectations

        By Kevin

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Beautiful Tone

        By Stephen

        from Indio, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues
          • Vocal Accompaniment

          Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          The HD-35 comes with a lot of tonal complexity. If you enjoy the "choir of angels" sound, then you'll probably love this guitar. My only complaint, and this is a purely personal preference, is the neck. I prefer a wider nut width, and the low profile neck shape is probably my least favorite of those offered by Martin. However, this does not impeded my enjoyment of the guitar. I really enjoy the slightly unruly sonic character of the HD-35.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Dream Come True

          By Mike McLenison

          from Arizona

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              The box arrived that was originally sealed with big copper staples by Martin. I carefully opened the box, removed the case with guitar. I open the case not knowing what to expect as it was bought sight unseen. I open the case and was immediately hit with the smell of rosewood while my eyes gazed upon a gorgeous flawless work of art. I removed the guitar, tuned it up and was swept away with the huge, harmonically-rich tone. The action was absolutely perfect out of the case (low). It was so comfortable to play I thought the strings were light gauge 11's, but a micrometer confirmed they were medium 13's.

              The only thing I will swap out is the bridge pins and end piece. They are plastic. I will replace them with bone or titanium. If you do the same, make sure that the taper is 5 degrees, size 2A.

              This is not my first Martin. I've had a D-28 and D-35S. The last time I owned one was in 1985. The great quality is still the same. What a great guitar from a great company!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautifully Subtle And Well Balanced

              By Stan

              from Warrior, Al

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                A very, very good guitar. I'm not going to throw out a bunch of superlatives about this guitar, there is no real need to, and if you have ever played one you know it's the real deal. If you are looking to buy a top-end solid wood construction acoustic, the Martin HD-35 should probably be on your short list. I'm not sure you could get anything much better for vocal accompaniment, and that was my main attraction to it. Tonally, it is well balanced, with excellent response from soft to heavy dynamics. Nicely compliments the brighter sound of my duet partner's Taylor. A little more pricey than some models but you might want to give one a try. I absolutely love mine.

                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding Guitar

                By KEN CURRY

                from Oceanside CA

                Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best for the buck!!

                By Oboogie80

                from Erie,Pa

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin Standard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  The finest guitar I've ever played (that I can afford) I've owned mine for about 2 years now. It's an absolute cannon. Just beautiful and even across the strings. I powered mine with a K&K Mini Trinity system and I use Martin Lifespan strings (light). I play this guitar EVERY day and it just keeps getting better. I played a D41 a little bit ago, but it didn't have the presence that this one does. I love the HDs. I also own a HD 16LSH (my road guitar). I'd put this guitar up against any guitar in the upper price range. For the money, there is none better....not even close.

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