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Comment by mark haselock on January 23, 2011 at 1:32pm

Know your strings,,,i am a proud owner of a d16gt one down from the famous d18 im not sure what strings were on her but i put a new set of light gauge strings on her as my two other two guitars have the same gauge and make.

I just love the sound of the martin tone and the light gauge strings for playing finger style are first class,but as i looked on martins web site i see that thay recomend med gauge strings,,,,so i put them on,,,o dear what a difference the guitar seems tight and the sound not as good maybe with a pick but not with skin,,,ok back to light gauge but what a awsome guitar.

Comment by Jan Borgstroem on January 23, 2011 at 9:25am
My friend Per has got a OM 35. Wonderfull guitar and the 3 piece back is so beatifull. I´m a dreadnough man myself, but if I could afford it, my next Martin would be a D 35,
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 23, 2011 at 8:36am
Any one have a pic of this Da Vinci
Comment by charles e stinnett on January 23, 2011 at 7:08am
Robert, on your?......., I have a lot of books on Martin Guitars and other books with different Martin Guitars in them.  I have never seen or heard of anything other than a D-35 having a three piece back. For  sure, no D28 or HD-28.
Comment by charles e stinnett on January 23, 2011 at 6:51am
The reason I bought my D-35was simple. I went looking for a D-28 with a GREAT sound. I played perhaps , gosh I don't know how many, but a bunch of them at three different stores. Then I picked up the D-35 and was blown away. Bought it on the spot. I'm still looking for THE D-28 or HD-28 that has that one special sound. When I find it, it's mine.
Comment by Robert Baker on January 22, 2011 at 10:03pm

I have to do a correction on Phil's last name .Its Phil Keaggy, I'm so bad about names sorry...........Any way a great musician.

Comment by Robert Baker on January 22, 2011 at 9:11pm
Hello everyone , I just got back from a Phil Kege concert at cinco baptist church in ft walton bch ,fl I must say i was awed at how the Lord has blessed this man. i pray the Lord might play as well when i go home. certainly a very talented musician and artist.But what awed me the most was his zeal and love and his heart for the Lord Jesus. No love offerings , everyone just brought can foods for  the homeless and hungry.As it is written.........if you done unto the least of these, you have also done unto me.                  Rob
Comment by Ken Bellingham on January 22, 2011 at 4:19pm
I own a D-35 which I purchased second-hand in 1978.  From the serial number I assume it was built in 1973, when the company was over-building them and had begun using East Indian rosewood in place of the Brazilian.  It has always had a good bass response, but tended to be somewhat tight.  John Mello, an accomplished luthier in Kensington, CA, worked on it to maximize its tone, including shaving some of its interior bracing.  The result was striking.  He really opened up the sound of the instrument.  The bass has great depth, but I don't think of it as boomy, although others might not agree.  To me, the bass sounds warm and smooth - I describe it as "velvety" - partly a function of wood's age, I imagine.  I don't think it is especially punchy, yet it has the volume to effectively provide a solid rhythm in a mix of instruments that can include mandolins, banjos and fiddles.  The improvement I appreciated most was in the timbre and projection of the treble strings.  Up until then, I felt that my D-35 took a back seat to the D-28s when it came to playing leads.  Now I would say there is more parity, although I would still give the edge to the D-28s.  That's why I recently purchased a second Martin dreadnaught with a surprisingly different voice.
Comment by Bernie on January 22, 2011 at 3:34pm
I have a 3 piece back on my D-41Special it was part onf the customizing I had done to it I think I have a pic in my profile
Comment by Forrest Anderson on January 22, 2011 at 3:15pm
I've only seen one OM-35.  It was used at Gryphon.  I really liked it.  It had a bit more bass than an OM-28.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the scratch.  But then, I have chronic GAS.

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