Martin D-35 Johnny Cash - Black

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Englemann Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, and Ebony Fingerboard - Black
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Martin D-35 Johnny Cash - Black image 1
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The Man in Black's Signature Axe!

Johnny Cash's deep baritone voice was instantly recognizable. When he passed away in 2003, country music lost one of its original rebels. Johnny was such a rebel, in fact, that the first black Martin ever produced was built at Johnny's request behind the back of Martin's president C. F. Martin III, as he didn't want a black Martin to be built. C. F. Martin III actually didn't find out that the guitar had been built until he saw Johnny Cash play the black Martin on "Columbo." The D-35 was Johnny's favorite axe, and it accompanied him onstage for nearly 20 years.

The Johnny Cash D-35 isn't just a collector guitar to be hung on the wall. Since it is a Martin, it plays and sounds as good as it looks. The ebony fingerboard is fitted with abalone stars bordered in mother-of-pearl position markers, and Johnny's signature is inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. The interior label is signed by Johnny Cash's son, John Carter Cash, and C.F. Martin IV. This is a Martin that is as distinguished as its original owner. Johnny was a legend in his own time, and this is your chance to own his trusty axe.

Martin D-35 Johnny Cash Acoustic Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Mahogany blocks / dovetail neck joint construction
  • D-14 Fret body size
  • Solid Engelmann spruce top with solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Style 45 rosette
  • D-Omle Forward Shifted top bracing pattern with scalloped 1/4'' braces
  • Hd Zig-Zag back purfling
  • Grained Ivoroid endpiece with multiple black/white Boltaron inlay
  • Grained Ivoroid binding
  • Multiple black/white Boltaron top, back, and side inlays
  • Modified low-oval select hardwood neck with a solid black ebony fingerboard with abalone stars bordered in mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Bone nut
  • 25.4" scale length
  • 20 frets
  • Polished gloss / Black finish
  • Solid black ebony bridge
  • Grover 102c tuning machines
  • Martin Sp 4200 Medium Phosphor Bronze are the recommended strings
  • Black pickguard
  • 545e case with black hardware and interior
  • Interior label is signed by C.F. Martin IV & John Carter Cash
The Martin Johnny Cash D-35 - the signature guitar of country music's original rebel!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Black
Finish Polished Gloss (top, back, and sides), Semi Gloss (neck)
Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X Scalloped, Forward Shifted, 1/4" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Stars - Select Pearl (Bordered In Mother of Pearl)
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Grover 102C
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Martin MSP7200 Lifespan
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10D35JOHNNYCASH

Customer Reviews

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You can see the wood grain though the black. Out of control. The tone is so loud and clear with unbelievable sustain. The workmanship is impeccable. Martin is doing it with this one. Expensive but if can do it

Work of art!

Just received my Johnny Cash guitar today, and as usual Sweetwater went above and beyond my expectations. Love this guitar! Amazing sound, great action, and beautiful craftsmanship.

Johnny Cash 35

This is not your average guitar. Playability is fantastic, all the way up the neck. The sound spectrum is exceptional across the the strings, booming bass, sweet midrange and upper rang is rally sweet. I find that this is by far the best guitar I have ever touched!
Music background: Country

The Martin D-35 Johnny Cash: in a league all it's own.

Make no mistake---this guitar is not a stock D35 and will blow you away with it's awesome tone. I think the combination of the forward-shifted bracing, the Engelmann Spruce top and tall interior braces on the back lend to it's sweet tone---not harsh or punchy, but smooth as butter…sure, the black finish will show every scratch, but this guitar is all about tone, and it's got it…to the 'Tens'! It's very expensive, but once you've played it, your ears will understand.
Music background: coffeehouse performer
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars