I have played guitar for over 45 years. Many years ago, I was a semi-professional musician, and today I am serious hobbyist. Over the years, I have put together a collection of professional electric guitars (Fender, Gibson, Guild), but until now I have never owned a really superb acoustic guitar.
Recently I had the chance to play several new Gibson and Martin acoustic guitars and fell in love with a Martin D-35 because of its rich, three-dimensional tone and its strong bass. While in some ways I wanted this particular guitar, I knew from experience that this shop could not offer the same kind of service as Sweetwater, so I called Tyler Moore.
Tyler was very helpful in answering some questions and helping me make my choice. He even played two different D-35s in stock and recommended which one to purchase based on my criteria. I ordered the guitar on a Friday and had it in my hands the next afternoon. It arrived, by the way, in perfect tune.
I know that the guitar will "open up" over years of playing and will continue to sound better and better, but I'm very happy with all aspects of my D-35. It has plenty of volume, but it is balanced in its sound rather than "boomy." Fit and finish are perfect--as I knew they would be. The action is neither super-high nor super-low, allowing me to play barre chords well up the neck. The neck, with its satin finish, is comfortable and fast, and the guitar balances nicely on my lap. It is the kind of guitar that makes me want to play--and that makes me a better player.
In some ways, I really didn't expect to buy a Martin. But when I played one, there was simply no question. There is a reason why Martin guitars have been so popular for decades. They simply sound the best. And for me, the best sound comes from a D-35.