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Old 10-04-2014, 11:04 PM
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Default Martin D35 3 piece back question/martin tuner to grover question

Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum but I have been on here many times and have learned quite a bit. Anyway I just got a killer deal on a 2001 Martin D35, and she is a beauty! My question however , is was it common for Martin to use one solid piece of wood for the 3 piece back? Obviously a 3 piece back is a 3 piece back, but I mean do they ever use one piece of wood and cut it into 3 pieces? Also I was wondering if I could drop grovers in without drilling or any upgraded tuners for that matter that don't require drilling into my new best friend? The tuners that are on it are the regular Martin's that have the screw towards the bottom inside. Sorry if there is something I did wrong in this post, this is my first one. Thanks in advance!
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Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum but I have been on here many times and have learned quite a bit. Anyway I just got a killer deal on a 2001 Martin D35, and she is a beauty! My question however , is was it common for Martin to use one solid piece of wood for the 3 piece back? Obviously a 3 piece back is a 3 piece back, but I mean do they ever use one piece of wood and cut it into 3 pieces? Also I was wondering if I could drop grovers in without drilling or any upgraded tuners for that matter that don't require drilling into my new best friend? The tuners that are on it are the regular Martin's that have the screw towards the bottom inside. Sorry if there is something I did wrong in this post, this is my first one. Thanks in advance!
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First of all, Hello and welcome to the forum! Your first post is great, as is…

Can't help you with the Grover question…sorry. Perhaps others will chime in.

It wouldn't matter to me is Martin cut a single piece of wood into 3 sections for the back of a guitar, but my recollection is the outside pieces on a D-35 are Book Matched (cut and glued up as mirror image of each other) and the center is unique. I've seen some where the contrast of the center piece is strikingly different, and others where the color match is very similar, yet the center piece is a unique piece either way.

Is this not the case with yours?






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Well it looks almost like the center piece on mine is contrasting outward into the outer pieces, as if though it were all one solid piece. The center is super dark and that darkness expands outward about 2 or 3 inches into both outer pieces.
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Why would you want to change the tuners ??

I've thought about it myself but I would only change to gold plated tuners, if I made any change.
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Here's my D-35's back...

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Old 10-04-2014, 11:28 PM
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Why would you want to change the tuners ??

I've thought about it myself but I would only change to gold plated tuners, if I made any change.
Well I guess I'm just assuming that the Martin tuners are inferior to the grovers. I could definitely be persuaded otherwise. I've noticed that the new standard series Martin's are all equipped with grovers and the more entry level Martin's usually have the Martin tuners. I guess in the earlier 2000's even the standards had the Martin tuners.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:31 PM
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Ahh she's a beauty djwayne!
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Mine's got Grovers. They are definitely nice tuners.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:39 PM
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I would post a pic of mine if I could figure out how. I'm using my phone, but I have pics in my library...
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I've noticed that the new standard series Martin's are all equipped with grovers and the more entry level Martin's usually have the Martin tuners.
The ones that are stamped Martin are made by Ping. Ping also makes Grovers BTW. Gotoh's are noticeably better than either IMO.

Mine has a much darker center wedge.
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Very very nice! Thanks for the info! So does anyone know what tuners exactly would be a direct swap that would be an upgrade and not require drilling? I've looked all over the internet but can't find much on this specific swap.
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I wouldn't change them. They may not be Grovers but I doubt Martin would put junk tuners on a D-35. l

Like I said, the only reason I'd change them is to go to a gold plated tuner...but that won't be for years if at all.
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So can anyone tell me how to get some pics of my new d35 on here? Thanks!
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You have to upload your pictures to a picture hosting site like Photobucket.com, right click and copy the URL address and then in your posting page there's an image icon (Little yellow box with a picture of a couple of mountains...you press it and a little pop up box opens up, with a "http" highlighted in blue, delete that then right click and paste your URL address into that box and hit "Submit Reply".
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:57 AM
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Muchos gracias senor'!!!
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