Tuesday, November 9, 2004

1971 Martin D-35 S

This is a 1971 Martin D-35 S guitar. The "S" stands for 12 frets (in C.F. Martin's naming system). The 12-fret guitar features a shorter neck while the body is a little larger than a standard dreadnought guitar. The result is a warm, deep sound. It also has a wider neck allowing for some finger-style playing. A lot of bluegrass bands use a 12-fret guitar as a rhythm guitar.

As this 33-year old guitar ages gracefully, it's developing a deep pumpkin-like color at the bottom giving it some "character."