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Sublime natural Martin tone, fabulous Martin looks.

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.

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
  • Includes hardshell case
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MartinStandard Series HD-35 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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5.0

1981MartinHD35

By Vill

from Belleville, NJ

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Guitar is fine, Musician's Friend service is not.

    By LRV

    from SD

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      This is what I expected from a top line Martin guitar. This is not what I expected from Musician's Friend.
      The case the guitar came in was not the case depicted on the website. I have bought Martin guitars beore and they always came with Martin registration materials. Called Musician's Friend and they said they would follow up on this and I have not heard from them or received any materials. This is not what I would expect from "Private Reserve" service.

       
      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)

         
        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

          Ask me a question

          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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best for the buck!!

                By Oboogie80

                from Erie, Pa

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Exceeds expectations

                  By TominManor

                  from Manor, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Deep Resonant Bass
                  • Full Rich Sound
                  • Quality In Every Detail
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                  • Can't Think Of One

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompany Voice
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

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

                  I have had several Martin guitars in the past including the Martin D-35. The HD-35 is much more than a better looking D-35. The sound is clearly deeper and richer than the D-35 in my opinion. It is awesome and makes me sound far better than my current skill level. Don't hesitate if you are considering this guitar. It doesn't disappoint.

                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Guitar

                  By Charles Harvey

                  from Northern Colorado

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

                  The construction is flawless and the guitar is so playable it almost plays itself. It has a sound that is rich and full, and a range that allows playing from delicate softness to a barking roar.
                  The Martin HD35 has all the features of the std. D35, the 3 piece back and bound fingerboard. It also has the herringbone pattern around the edge of the box and slightly different scalloped braces on the top.
                  There are no flaws in this guitar - the craftsmanship is superb.
                  This guitar is expensive and worth it. It was built with very high production standards and a sound everyone else wants to copy.

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