This is a vintage 1965 Martin D12-35 flat top acoustic guitar. This rare first-year example, serial number 202305, is in near mint, seemingly immaculate, 100% all original condition and includes both the original hard case with green interior, as well as, the original purchase receipt from Lyon and Healy in Chicago. Remaining in perfect structural condition, with no cracks, no breaks, and no repairs, this particular example is just about the finest 12-string D-35 you’ll find anywhere. The light nitrocellulose lacquer clear coat is unfaded and completely void of weather-checking. This D12-35 is utterly exceptional and worthy of the best Martin collection, so don’t hesitate because this is a rather rare version in incredibly well-preserved condition!
This ’65 Martin D12-35 is exceptional. As briefly mentioned, this particular 1st-year variant features; the short-lived tortoise pick guard (from ’65 to late-’66 only on this model), an entire matching set of original tortoise-inlayed bridge pins, beautiful Brazilian Rosewood 3-piece back and sides, a tight-grained Sitka Spruce top, a large profile Brazilian Rosewood bridge, a Brazilian Rosewood slotted headstock overly, a bound Ebony fingerboard, a Mahogany neck, a perfectly crisp clear lacquer finish, the original black hardshell case with green interior and the original receipt from Lyon and Healy in Chicago.
As evidence by the pristine cosmetic condition of this piece, this instrument was rarely used if at all. There is some very minor superficial (not throughout the clear coat) fingernail imprints in between the sound hole and the bridge and a couple small dings on the back of the neck (from either being stored in a stand or from a capo), otherwise, this D12-35 is near perfect. The top is perfectly flat with no bellying, and the bridge is secure without lifting. The original neck angle is good, but as is the case with most Martin, it’s not the best. The guitar sounds robust and evenly-balanced, and happens to be an overall fantastic instrument. Buy it as an investment you can enjoy, it would be difficult to imagine a better 12-string for the money.