The Basics

Chris Martin’s vision for the Retro Series is to perfectly capture the mystique and tonal emotion of priceless, pristine and well-aged Martin guitars. With electronic imaging contributed from a 1967 vintage D-35 “donor” guitar, the resulting acoustic as well as amplified tone is projective, balanced and resonant. Classic and enhanced D-35 appointments include a three-piece back, black pickguard, ivoroid bindings and a certified European spruce soundboard with thin 1/4″ width bracing. The visual appeal of the original D-35 is captured and blended with a High Performance Neck® taper for easy action and enhanced playability.

Model:D-35E Retro

Construction:Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint

Body Size:D-14 Fret

Top:European Spruce

Rosette:Style 28

Top Bracing Pattern:Standard ”X”

Top Braces:Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4”

Back Material:Solid East Indian Rosewood

Back Purfling:Style 35

Side Material:Solid East Indian Rosewood


Endpiece Inlay:none

Binding:Grained Ivoroid

Top Inlay Style:Multiple Black/White Boltaron

Side Inlay:Multiple Black/White Boltaron

Back Inlay:Black/White Boltaron

Neck Material:Select Hardwood

Neck Shape:Modified Low Oval Profile w/ Performing Artist Taper

Nut Material:Bone

Headstock:Solid/Square Taper

Headplate:Solid East Indian Rosewood

Heelcap:Grained Ivoroid w/ Multiple Black/White Boltaron Inlay

Fingerboard Material:Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length:25.4”

Number of Frets Clear:14

Number of Frets Total:20

Fingerboard Width at Nut:1-3/4”

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret:2-1/8”

Fingerboard Position Inlays:Style 28 – MOP Dots

Fingerboard Binding:Grained Ivoroid

Finish Back & Sides:Polished Gloss

Finish Top:Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner

Finish Neck:Satin

Bridge Material:Solid Black Ebony

Bridge Style:1930s Style Belly w/ Drop-In Saddle

Bridge String Spacing:2-3/16”

Saddle:16” Radius/Compensated/White Tusq

Tuning Machines:Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons

Recommended Strings:Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)

Bridge & End Pins:White w/ Black Dots


Case:445 Hardshell

Interior Label:none

Electronics:Fishman F1 Aura Plus

Other Options:Available left-handed at no additional charge