12-fret Dreadnoughts are a specialized society - a certain class of extra-discerning afficianados are aware of the unique set of characteristics inherent in the better examples of these models. The most important aspect of the better examples is the small bridgeplate, which ended somewhere in 1968 or '69. This D-35S may be among the last of those, and as a result has a deep, thick, rich tone that doesn't hold back; responsive, balanced with a humungous bottum end. Also in this year the rosewood is Brazilian, the king of all tonewoods. It's in wonderful condition, with a pickguard crack that's been cleated, an added strap button in the heel and fancy bridge pins. The pickguard is beginning to curl at the edges, which seems to happen on all of these with the early black pickguards.