Martin M-36 - Natural

Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top and East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides - Natural with Vintage Toner
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Martin M-36 - Natural image 1
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Martin M-36 - Natural
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Get Balanced Sound from a Guitar That's Fun to Play!

If you're looking for a beautiful acoustic guitar that's impressive and easy to handle, then the Martin M-36 is right up your alley. Featuring an amazing 3-piece East Indian rosewood back, East Indian rosewood sides, and select Sitka spruce top, the M-36 gives you an impressively balanced tone with crisp highs and rich lows. Its midsize and slim body shape make the M-36 remarkably comfortable to play without limiting its projection or overall volume. In fact, the M-36 projects better than many larger guitars. Put simply, this guitar is just plain fun to play. When it comes to looks, the inlays, bindings, and a style 28 rosette made of black and white Boltaron make the M-36 a truly striking instrument.

Martin M-36 Acoustic Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Midsize body with 14 frets
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Style 28 rosette
  • Standard scalloped X-bracing on top, forward shifted
  • Top braces made of solid Sitka spruce, 5/16"
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back
  • Style 35 back purfling
  • Solid East Indian rosewood sides
  • White Boltaron endpiece
  • Black/White Boltaron endpiece inlay
  • White Boltaron binding
  • Multiple black/white Boltaron top inlay
  • Multiple black/white Boltaron side inlay
  • Black/White Boltaron back inlay
  • Select hardwood neck
  • Low profile neck
  • Mahogany blocks/dovetail neck joint
  • Bone nuts
  • Solid headstock with square taper
  • Solid East Indian rosewood headplate with raised gold foil
  • White Boltaron heelcap with multiple black/white Boltaron inlay
  • Solid black ebony fingerboard
  • 25.4" scale length
  • 14 clear frets
  • 20 total frets
  • 1-11/16" fingerboard width at nut
  • 2-1/8" fingerboard width at 12th fret
  • Style 38 mother-of-pearl fingerboard position inlays
  • White Boltaron fingerboard binding
  • Polished gloss back and sides
  • Polished gloss finish with vintage toner top
  • Satin finish neck
  • Solid East Indian rosewood bridge
  • Belly bridge
  • Bridge string spacing of 2-1/8"
  • 16" radius/compensated/bone saddle
  • Chrome enclosed tuning machines with large buttons
  • Martin studio performance light phosphor bronze recommended strings
  • White with black dots bridge and end pins
  • Delmar tortoise color pickguard, beveled and polished
  • 570 Geib style case included
The Martin M-36 doesn't just look great, it sounds and plays like a dream!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape M (0000), 14-fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural with Vintage Toner
Finish Polished Gloss (top, back, and sides), Satin (neck)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Forward Shifted Standard X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding White Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother of Pearl Style 38
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Solid East Indian Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20.125"
Body Width 16"
Body Depth 4.125"
Overall Length 40.625"
Strings Martin MSP7100
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10M36

Customer Reviews

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My 1991 M36 Martin (Better with Time)

This guitar combines the best of all the Martins'; and all acoustic guitars rolled into one. After all, there are some really nice guitars out there; but when looking for the best and the #1 in tone and sound there is nothing that compares to a CF Martin Acoustic guitar made in America. In my opinion, the Martin M36 is one of the most balanced yet versatile recording and performing 6 string guitars' on the planet. I just had to comment on this particular guitar because it was both a memorable and one of the wisest purchases I've ever made. I ordered my Martin M36 in 1991 and went to the Nazareth, PA factory. I was lucky enough to be given an exceptional tour for my birthday and met some of the wonderful men and women who would be making my guitar. The guitar has always sounded so beautiful with the perfect harmonic balance when performing or recording. The action and playability with the, "Rain Forest" ebony fret board that the 1991 M36 came with was exceptional that my friends purchased several small plots of land to be donated back to the Rain Forest in my name because I was so concerned about the cutting of trees to make that Fret Board at the time. Although, I prefer using higher gauge strings and have lived and traveled to different climates, Florida, Canada and Mexican Baja desert, this guitar has never needed an adjustment. I still have the original Fishman electronics as well. Now, here is the really good news...this guitar keeps sounding more beautiful after 5, 10, 15 years as it ages regardless of the climate you live in as long as you take care of it. Finally just when I thought it couldn't sound any better in November of 2016 my Martin M36 had reached it's 25th Birthday. After changing the strings and playing a few tunes the guitar sounded so heavenly that it actually sprouted wings. LOL OK ... I'm kidding; but take the plunge on this guitar. They are out of production and the older ones like my Martin M36 are truly more valuable and superb in sound.

Amazing Martin!

I fell in love with this model about 10 years ago when I played it in Nashville and couldn't get it out of my system. I finally purchased one and have not been disappointed. I can't figure out why on earth this guitar isn't more popular. It has the comfort of the 000/0000 size but with a little more volume because of a little wider lower bout. It plays like butter and has the classic Martin tone as well as the quality craftsmanship you expect from Martin. I had a Matrix Infinity pickup installed and I love it. It has very crisp, clear sound without any quack and I think it is a very true representation of what the guitar sounds like unplugged. I play it straight without a preamp or any EQ adjustments whatsoever and it's beautiful. This is the guitar is amazing!

A d28 and d18 all in one

This is such a beautiful sounding guitar. Each note, each chord of the M-36 just resonates so clear and smooth. This guitar Is like having two guitars in one a D-28 and a 000-18. I read all the reviews and did my homework and it may take me awhile to pay it off with interest free financing but this guitar will be with me forever. This is a beautiful guitar, a sleeper that you don't hear about much by Martin or its retailers. All this coupled with excellent customer service by Sweetwater Sales Reps makes it a most gratifying investment. Thanks Delvin for highly recommending this guitar and to the Sweetwater Team.
Music background: Amatuer singer songwriter composer

Martin M-36

I ordered this guitar a couple of months ago and what a fabulous guitar. Right out of the box it played like no other acoustic I've ever had. Ryan at Sweetwater did an excellent job of working with me and putting the transaction together. Thanks Ryan and all at Sweetwater Music.
Music background: Professional guitarist

Great balanced sound -- underrated gem

I was nervous about this guitar because it's not well-known in the Martin lineup. To me it's a great combination -- smaller-bodied with scalloped bracing, with the wonderful D-35 style back. I love it!!
Music background: Fingerstyle, folk

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

I've played a lot of Martins, and the M-36 is quite possibly the best kept secret in their lineup. The body is a 0000 size so the sound has the depth I expect from a dreadnought yet maintains all of the focus of an OM body shape. No matter how hard I strum, this guitar holds up, but it's subtle enough for fingerpicking too. There really isn't a style I can't play on this guitar, and I can't imagine finding a better instrument for my taste.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars