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The Johnny Cash Model Martin D 35 Acoustic Guitar All In Black

Johnny Cash, and His Martin D 35 Reverse Negative Guitar


The Johnny Cash Model Martin D 35

Whether you are a picker, or just a grinner - if you are a strummer, or a serious player in the realm of country music, folk, Bluegrass, or even Celtic picking, then you want that serious guitar that you'll never, ever need to replace. You want that timeless sound that only a high end company like C.F. Martin & Co can, and always does deliver.

But maybe you are none of those, maybe you just always admired the message that Johnny Cash always had to deliver. Maybe you are even a bit of a "goth person," and the all black with the white contrasts of this guitar really grabs you - but you're also a serious player, and demand a flashy guitar of the highest possible quality. The Martin D 35 Johnny Cash model might just be the guitar for you.

So you can't afford a Martin D 45, very few people can afford one of those - but the D 45 is basically just a fancier D 28; but you don't want a Martin D 28 either because damn near everybody that is anybody has one of those guitars. Well, the D 35 is the next step up from the D 28, and the Johnny Cash Model Martin D 35 is a D 35 with more personality than "just" a super guitar like a standard D 35. This is the guitar for you, there's no doubt about it.

The Johnny Cash Model D 35 Guitar, by C. F. Martin & Co


The Martin D 35 Johnny Cash Signature Guitar!

The Features of a Martin D 35 Guitar

Like I say, a D 35 is basically a D 28, but with a fancier three piece solid wood back with the very attractive binding that comes along with it. A D 35, like the D 28 is a "herringbone" guitar with the herringbone trim. But those things are peripheral, they are on the outside, and though those things make a guitar attractive - my interests is always on the INSIDE of the guitar. The top of a standard D 35 will be solid Sitka Spruce, but with the Johnny Cash mode Martin D 35 you get an upgrade of Engleman Spruce as the solid spruce soundboard - be sure that you know that you'll be paying for that, it's a standard feature on this guitar, but otherwise it's a thousand dollar upgrade.

It's a high end guitar that never will need to be replaced so long as you take care of it. I'm positive that the value of these guitars will increase in time - they always do. If they don't, then they can and do get the price paid back for them should you be dumb enough to re sale one, but it's less with scratches, more with upgrades like bone nuts and saddles, bridge pins, etc. The three piece back and sides are of solid East Indian Rosewood, which delivers the darker tone, and long sustain that rosewood guitars are treasured for.

The "high X" is a martin bracing design that most great manufacturers have copied. There are other bracing patterns that produce great tone in solid wood construction steel string guitars - but why mess with something that is perfect? You don't. Also, the braces are scalloped, just like they should be. What is important to know here is that not all Martin guitars ever made, or even all of them made now are "high X" guitars - but the high X guitars are the legendary guitars, the guitars that are used for recording in the studio

. It could be that you might want a cheaper guitar to take with you on the road for tours, or to the festival to play with your drinking buddies - but not Johnny Cash, and most great performers want their fine guitars with them, but of course most great performers can afford another one if the unthinkable happens, and a guitar is stolen, or damaged.

I've priced this beautiful guitar from the legendary American acoustic guitar company, C.F.Martin & Co. for $ 4, 499, 00., and I promise you that that is a gread deal for this instrument. What you are paying for here is the three piece back, and the upgrade to an Engleman Spruce top - other than that, the black paint, the Johnny Cash signature as inlay on the twentieth fret, and the signature of his son on the label - if those things aren't your thing, then buy a D 28, but regardless of if you are a Cash fan or not - you'll pay another thousand dollars for a D 28 with an Engleman Spruce top.

Some day, I'll have one of these - Johnny Cash, and every last thing he stood for make him a lifetime hero of mine, and an example of the ideals that are lacking in our society today.

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


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 24, 2013:

Jack Scrumpy - Thanks for the comment!

Of course design and woods used can give an idea what a thing might sound like...the truth is...every guitar is a unique snowflake when it comes to tone!

I'd sure like to rattle them strings myself :)

Jack Scrumpy on April 24, 2013:

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I have had my J.C martin about a year now and I play it and take it everywhere , I actually have a regular D35 but as my love for Johnny Cash was so great I just had to have one,

Oddly enough they sound totally different ! The cash guitar is deeper in the bass tones !

50 Caliber from Arizona on June 07, 2011:

NYC is cool, get some walking boots and a subway card and map. First trip I made was still tokens for the subway. It's the people not the city, and I'll tell you more if you get ready but blue grass will stop folks in their tracks! dust

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 06, 2011:

Hey Dusty, that's awesome! I'd not thought that NYC would be the place for the type of things I play (bluegrass, etc) - but that's definitely a place that I'd like to visit at some point too!

50 Caliber from Arizona on June 06, 2011:

Wesman, on a trip to NYC I was in the subway near Times Square, you see all kinds of musicians, on the platforms level to level I ran into a strummer/singer and he had his ovation 12 out doing his thing, case open folks pitching dollars and change in the open case. The acoustics in the subway tunnels are awesome, 20 bucks got me some play time and getting in some picking was a very cool experience, the guy wanted me to play more, he was making some cash off the western picking, I was playing to me, a solid gold memory,


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 06, 2011:

I actually went out with some friends and family the other night - which is rare for me. I went to a "shit kicker club," the name is actually "Kicker's Kaufman." There was a guy there playing who is really pretty good - he's well known in town, as his family owns the local Ford dealership. I know he's better than he sounded in that club - but you sorta have to play to the audience, I guess.

What I mean is that I really like the idea of playing for money. In San Francisco I'd seen lots of folks on the streets with an upside down hat playing for tips. I'd like to give that a go someday maybe!

50 Caliber from Arizona on June 06, 2011:

Dude, that Martin with La Bella studio flat wound gold strings sounds so freaking cool, you should play a little a picture holding a guitar is for gathering the chicks, I was outside playing at 0330 smelling Arizona burning, dust

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 06, 2011:

Hey Dusty, I sort of feel like you just told me this:

"Dude, make a hub about Willie's guitar!"

Great idea!

50 Caliber from Arizona on June 06, 2011:

Wesman, great bit on the 35 but the D-2 or 20 kicks ask Willie!,dust

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 24, 2011:

Sir, as much as Del McCoury has played that thing - it's bound to be! The more you play one - the more balls it will grow!

Fiddleman on May 24, 2011:

Wes, I like the D 35 Martin that Del McCoury plays, man that one is a hoss.

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