I want to play small bars, solo fingerpicking some strumming. What is the absolute best sound for my Martin? 1 caveat, I am a traditionalist, I don't like seeing electronics on an acoustic. Wire out of the endpin is one thing, but a soundhole that is all blocked up all the time drives me nuts. What are the choices, and keep it reasonably priced, 150-250.
If you want to get the most natural sound for your D35, without adding too much to the guitar, the Anthem SL and the Lyric are both great options. The Lyric only uses an internal mic, while the Anthem SL pairs a mic with an undersaddle pickup. So the Lyric is a little bit simpler than the SL in that regard.
Do you usually play through a PA system when you perform? Or do you take an amp?
Also, do you use any pedals, preamps, or DI's?