The Martin D-35 has an extremely rich history and a fascinating story of what brought it to life, and the vigorous research and development before it went into full production. It came to life in 1965 due to a shortage of Brazilian Rosewood, and quickly became one of the most enduringly popular models in Martin's line with artists like Elvis Presley, David Gilmour, Steve Miller, and John Mayer playing them night after night. But it wasn't as quick as dreaming it up and putting them into production; Martin struggled with getting the bracing right. Initially it was too bassy and lacked some character, but after some more hours in the shop they found the perfect balance of using 000-sized top bracing and 00-sized back bracing. This brought the D-35 to life.
With enough low end to support a vocal, and enough balance and clarity to let every chord come to life. The thinner bracing on the top allows it to vibrate and resonate more than any other guitar of this size. What made the D-35 become more popular than the D-28 was it's versatility. It became the workhorse guitar as you could take it to any gig and cover every sound you needed. It also had some deluxe appointments, like the binding on the neck, making it a more flashy and sharp guitar that people wanted to take on stage and show off. Even the 3-piece back, which was born out of necessity, became one of the most beautiful features.