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Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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Built around the 00 Grand Concert body shape, the top is crafted from an ultrathin sheet of aluminum adorned with a swirling graffiti pattern that de...Read More

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A startlingly different-looking Martin.

Built around the 00 Grand Concert body shape, the top is crafted from an ultrathin sheet of aluminum adorned with a swirling graffiti pattern that delivers bright, penetrating sound coupled with totally flash looks. The back and sides are formed from high-pressure laminate and the fingerboard and bridge are made from Micarta. Prefix Pro electronics deliver perfectly tweaked tone.

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FEATURES
  • 00 Grand Concert body shape
  • Top crafted of aluminum with a swirling graffiti pattern that delivers bright, penetrating sound coupled with totally flash looks
  • Back and sides are formed from HPL
  • Micarta fingerboard and bridge

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SPECIFICATIONS

Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Neck width at nut 1-11/16"
    25.4" scale length
    14 frets clear
    20 frets total
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MartinAlternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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I have played this guitar for the past five years, and love every minute of it. It has a crisp tone and plays extremely well. I get many compliments on the look and...Read complete review

I have played this guitar for the past five years, and love every minute of it. It has a crisp tone and plays extremely well. I get many compliments on the look and sound of my guitar. I have had a few problems though due to my own ignorance. You have to make sure u don't leave this guitar in extreme heat conditions due to the metallic body. my bridge straight up fell off because it heated up and the glue broke loose. Besides that this is a standup gig guitar with beutiful sound. If I had the chance I would defenitely make the purchase again.

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You should try this guitar before you purchase it.

I purchased this guitar to use as an acoustic/electric with slide characteristics. My opinion of this guitar is contrary to what this guitar has received. Personally, I found this guitar a great...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar to use as an acoustic/electric with slide characteristics. My opinion of this guitar is contrary to what this guitar has received. Personally, I found this guitar a great disappointment. Out of the box, wood chips rattled around the inside until I shook them out. Acoustically, the guitar sounds plastic and flat with little tone on the higher strings and very little sustain. As an electric, the pick-ups perform as expected, bright and sustained. As a slide guitar, this guitar performed as expected. Not as bright as my National, however; the high strings still sounded flat. Overall, this is not the value I expected from a Martin. Bottom line, everyone's review is subjective and I caution everyone to try this guitar before purchase.

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5.0

Great guitar

By BSouthern

from Duluth, MN

Pros

  • Looks
  • Playability
  • Quality
  • Sound

Cons

  • Not Meant For Slides

Best Uses

  • Stage Performing

Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is so easy to play and light. It looks great and sounds great too. I picked it up in a guitar store and couldn't put it down. Enjoy!

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  • No

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5.0

X-ellent guitar

By alphasun

from Dublin, Ireland

Pros

  • Playability
  • Quality
  • Sound

Cons

  • Logo Sticker

Best Uses

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this five years ago and still enjoy playing it. The clarity and treble bias suits me, and there is plenty of bass. This guitar is a strong argument in favour of non-wood construction. Despite minimal inlays and other decoration, it looks stunning thanks to an original and brilliant design concept -- black and textured silver. The Americans are great at this sort of work. The tuning/fret accuracy is great too, although I suppose this should be guaranteed in this quality bracket.
    Especially suitable for melodic playing.
    I expect it to be very durable as well, thanks to the damp-proof materials.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By yort

    from texas

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have played this guitar for the past five years, and love every minute of it. It has a crisp tone and plays extremely well. I get many compliments on the look and sound of my guitar. I have had a few problems though due to my own ignorance. You have to make sure u don't leave this guitar in extreme heat conditions due to the metallic body. my bridge straight up fell off because it heated up and the glue broke loose. Besides that this is a standup gig guitar with beutiful sound. If I had the chance I would defenitely make the purchase again.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin Alternatives

    By Alaskan Cabin Rocker

    from Talkeetna, Alaska

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar for amplified stage use. I was pleased with the electric sound delivered through the electronics, the light-weight feel of the instrument, it's ability to "get the point across" while playing or practicing acoustically and of course, the appearance if it. It is a great looking piece worthy of commentary by all who see it. I was unimpressed with the installation of the electronics, however. the sticky zip tie strap used to hold the pickup wire in place from the preamp was either loose and dangling upon purchase or came loose within a couple days of use, which caused come concern over the quality, given the C.F. Martin reputation. Overall it's a great performance guitar while plugged in. I still prefer my 2006 D-1 for the unplugged performances, though.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Live sound

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have not played this guitar, so I cannot speak to the playability or acoustic sound. However, I recently attended an event where someone used this guitar. The sound was actually pretty good from the audience. There was another guitarist playing an Ibanez Artwood earlier in the evening, and this thing blew the Ibanez away. But of course, for twice the price, it better.

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    5.0

    hadthis4ayearnow

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought 1 last year, and I am very pleased. This guitar sounds great plugged or unplugged, and it comes equipped with a free ego. Everyone will love your guitar. Just 2 things...I have had the thing adjusted for a buzz on the D, and I've had a hard time finding the right cleaner and polish.

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    5.0

    great guitar

    By vinnie-YLjoF

    from edison nj

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It has good acoustic tone good for a slide guitar, and when you hook it up to a amp it sounds good.

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    4.0

    Articulates Well!

    By Synfendia

    from Louisville, KY

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Okay, if you're buying this guitar, you are not expecting big-bodied dark and woody sustain anyway. What you get instead is a bright and articulate crisp instrument. You don't really hear a big metalic sound despite all the aluminum. It sounds very much like a viable, professional guitar. It is particularly good for more textured rhythmic tunes with sliding runs like...oh...early Dave Matthews stuff. My only issue with it is that the neck truss hex is hard to get to. I actually wound up stripping the hex socket somewhat. So I have to gingerly make my neck adjustments now. By the way, the pickup is pretty decent too.

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    2.0

    You should try this guitar before you purchase it.

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar to use as an acoustic/electric with slide characteristics. My opinion of this guitar is contrary to what this guitar has received. Personally, I found this guitar a great disappointment. Out of the box, wood chips rattled around the inside until I shook them out. Acoustically, the guitar sounds plastic and flat with little tone on the higher strings and very little sustain. As an electric, the pick-ups perform as expected, bright and sustained. As a slide guitar, this guitar performed as expected. Not as bright as my National, however; the high strings still sounded flat. Overall, this is not the value I expected from a Martin. Bottom line, everyone's review is subjective and I caution everyone to try this guitar before purchase.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More good than bad

    By av8or172

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about Martin Alternative X Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Overall, this is a fine guitar. However, the one little thing that has bugged me is that, due to the aluminum, the Martin and Co logo emblems on the head peel off on their own. I had one come loose in a week, and they do not stand up to a capo. Other than that, GREAT guitar! sounds fantastic, but one little nitpicky thing kept it from being a 10 across the board.

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