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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 Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916.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. 

  • 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

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding instrument with fantastic sound.


from Trinidad, Co.

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    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    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.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    Outstanding Guitar


    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.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Surpasses Expectations - thats big

    By Bayne Pride

    from Madisonville, Kentucky

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

    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.

    (19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


    My 2nd love

    By Devon

    from San Francisco, CA

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

    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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