The fabled ‘M’ series Martin instruments exist as a true curiosity in the Martin range. Introduced in 1978, the M-36 sports East Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka Spruce top, polished gloss finish and a hand-fit dovetail neck joint, and classy ‘35’ style appointments.
Quite simply a unique offering. The Martin M-36 stands slightly wider than a than a Dreadnought but with a marginally shallower depth - traditionally labeled a ‘0000 Size’ but in modern times referred to as a ‘Grand Auditorium’
The depth is the same as a Martin 000 instruments, but this guitar has a much bigger sixteen inches measurement in it's lower bout dimension.
Tonally, this guitar is designed to have a shorter sustain than a dreadnought guitar would have - the notes are more evenly balanced, accelerate faster, and die off sooner. Rich and balanced. The immediacy and balance of the instrument tone by nature, makes it less susceptible to feedback from a microphone.
This early example (1982 build) is as you’d expect; absolutely stunning. Beautifully appointed, the ‘35’ style 3 piece Rosewood back presents with a spectacular, tight linear grain. The neck is single bound, the body is double bound. The instrument plays well with a medium action. Clean aesthetic condition, a few bumps and scratches to the instrument (most noticeably to the soundboard) however present very honestly, this guitar has not been abused - no cracks, breaks or repairs. Please study the photographs as they form a part of the description.
With almost 40 years under its belt, this M-36 is maturing gracefully; a beautifully complex sounding rosewood gem! Includes period hardcase.