Stolen guitar: Martin D-35

Nancy Cardwell, Special Projects Director for IBMA, is starting her Thanksgiving holiday on a sour note. Her 1966 D-35 Martin guitar was stolen on Monday (11/23) from her home in Nashville (Donelson area) while she was at work.

She offered this description of the guitar…

Nancy with her D-35 (and the Cardwell Family Band) some time ago“It has a golden colored spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and three-piece back. There are some dings on the top edge of the peghead where it was dropped once in 1978. It got crunched in the back of a truck about five years ago, so there is some repair work on a small crack in the back and on the sides where the binding came loose. It has normal wear on the fingerboard and neck.

The most unusual thing about the guitar is that it has two small dot inlays on either end of the bridge, where someone repaired (re-glued the bridge to the body) it in the early ’70s, before my dad bought the instrument. The two screws are covered with inlay dots.

It was in a zip-up black gig bag with shoulder straps on it. The guitar strap was custom made with leather lacing wound around the edges. My name, ‘Nancy,’ was embossed along with a trumpet vine and a hummingbird. A friend made the strap for me when I was playing a Gibson Hummingbird guitar, and the design matches the pick guard design.”

Anyone with information about this guitar is urged to contact Nancy by phone (615-260-4807) or email, or to simply contact Metro Nashville Police (615-862-8600, case # 09-952402).

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  • Barbara

    Nancy, my heart gos out to you and I grieve with you! I have a ’73 and it it most definitely my first child. If anyone touched it (besides the little kitty that dropped it off my bunk bed at college in, yes, ’78…)they’d be a goner.Mine has a crack on the side of the pickgaurd and a replaced tuning peg due to kitty’s malfeisance.
    Any person that has a soul should return your axe at once. I’d lend you mine but I’m in Michigan.
    All the best, Barb

  • ddillow

    Hello to all. I work for the Botetourt Sheriff’s Office here in Va. We had a house recently broken into and several instruments were taken. All are left handed, a Morgan Monroe Mandolin, Michael Kelly Mandolin, Dobro, numerous Lee Oscar Harmonicas in a Honer case. If any one has any information please contact the Botetourt Sheriff’s Office Office at 540-473-8230. Thank You.