Rory Gallagher’s 1968 Martin D-35

One of Rory’s main acoustic guitars was a 1968 Martin D-35, which he got second-hand in 1969. According to Rory, the intonation was not the best, as is often the case with late 60s Martins, so he had someone replace the bridge.

I got the Martin in 1969, second-hand. A guy traded it in for a banjo or something and he claimed he picked it off the line at the Martin factory in Nazareth —whether that was a sales pitch or not, I don’t know, but it’s a good Martin. It’s not outrageous, but it’s getting better. I had to get the whole bridge re-made because the intonation was bad when I bought it — other than that it’s fine.

Rory Gallagher, April 1977, issue of International Musician.
Rory playing his D-35 Martin. Image source: Rory Gallagher on Facebook
Rory playing his D-35 Martin. Image source: Rory Gallagher on Facebook

According to the same interview linked in the quote above, Rory had his D-35 miced up with an Ibanez “The Bug” microphone going into a Barcys Berry preamp.


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