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Comment by chris mirabile on January 27, 2011 at 8:48am
i own a martin jc 16 re aura it is one year old purchased from sweetwater i love my martin i just noticed the begining of a crack in the top it is a 3 inch long straight crease 3 inches from the bottom and 3 inches from the side is this something that is fixed or do they replace the guitar changing the top is as much as the guitar is worth
Comment by Bernie on January 26, 2011 at 7:52pm
I bought my Martin through Nazreth Music Center also nice ppl easy to work with, as is Martin
Comment by Jonathan Gates on January 26, 2011 at 7:25pm
Dear Michael Warmack- I have been to the Nazareth Music Center. They sell Martins at a low price and are LEGITIMATE. 610-759-3072. It sounds as though you are dealing with someone else. If so, give The Naz. Music Ctr a call or look on line. What you describe sounds shaky. I do not blame you for feeling uneasy. Strap buttons can go in later. My D35 was $2200 in 2008 from The Ithaca Guitar Works in Ithaca NY.
Comment by Ed Rhoades on January 26, 2011 at 6:33pm

If it's got a Brazilian 3 piece back, it's not new.

Two days ago, I was in the wood storage of the Martin guitar factory. They still have Brazilian, but they haven't used it on a D 35 in a long time.

Yes, I would guess that putting a strap button would void your chance to return it. Putting a strap button is an easy thing to do at any time. (I've even done it.) I would make sure you like the guitar before putting a button.

You might ask for the serial number and call Martin to make sure it's really new. Here is a complete description with list price


Comment by Michael & Kody on January 26, 2011 at 6:05pm
Use, thanks very much. I have been quoted $ 1856 for a New D35 from a Dealer picking it up in Nazzareth, pa. The GC wanted $2300 both come with the case. Only issue is the least expensive one will be delivered w/o a box? Said the box Woolf be destroyed while he inspects, tunes, etc, free or Add'l $60 for luthier set up but still no box. Not sure if that matters, does come with case. The price is hard for me to pass up, almost suspicious, but don't know why? Also, by putting strap buttons or pre-amp Would void Dealer Return policy, however, still have Waranty with Martin, Inc ......I'm about to commit but queasy ....any thoughts, it's my impression the back is 3 piece Brazilian, dealer referred me to Martin site for specs & pics, he would not provide the info once ordered he will go to Nazzerath, pa for pick up, doesn't keep inventory apparently.....
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on January 26, 2011 at 9:09am

Michael - The main differences between the 35 and 28 are:

The 35 sytle has no headstock dart (diamond, volute, whatever you want to call it). The 35 was the first high end Martin (above 28 style) to eliminate the dart. The dart was originally to reinforce the neck to headstock joint. Though it has evolved in size (got smaller, then bigger, then longer, etc.), it is now used on all vintage and reissue Martins as well as standard on styles 28, 41, 42, and 45. It was also previously used on the M-36 (which was formerly named HD-35), the D-37K, and the J-40).

The D-35 has a three piece back which began as a way to use small pieces of scarce Brazillian rosewood (though not today unless special ordered) left over from manufacturing other models. Martin was concerned about the effects of the three piece back on tone so they experimented with bracing and finally settled on 00 style top braces and 000 style back braces (this is another difference from the D-28). You'll usually find that the two outside pieces of the back pretty much match but the center piece contrasts. Looks cool, I think.

The 35 style was the first to break away from the old Martin pricing/model designation where, as inlays and such increased, so did the price and that price became the basis for the model number (e.g.,28 cost was $28, etc.). However, the 35 did not have the pearl rosette found on all other models 30 and up.

The 35 has an additional black and an additional white line in the binding.

The fretboard on a 35 style is bound, not so in the 28.

The 35 was introduced in 1965; the D-28 in 1931.

I hope this helps... m

Comment by Jonathan Gates on January 26, 2011 at 3:25am
Mark- I am with you. It was only a few yrs ago I could afford a Martin and finallyt bought a D35. Whew, do all things really come to he who waits? 40 yrs was a long long time.
Comment by Mark Baker on January 25, 2011 at 8:57am

Thanks, everybody.  When I started playing in the late 60s I wanted a Martin bad, just like everyone else I knew, but could never afford one.  Then I took about 30 years off from guitar playing (it's a long story) and finally started up again a couple of years ago.  My first Martin has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait.  What a guitar this is!!



Comment by Edward Sparks on January 25, 2011 at 7:17am
Mark, Congratulations on your first foray into music perfection!  Edward
Comment by Michael & Kody on January 25, 2011 at 3:03am
What are the significant differences between the D 35. & D 28. I have received an acceptable quote for purchasing and I'm considering ....( just the STD models mentioned, that's where the deal has evolved to)

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