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Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar

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A guitar you can feel good about with the big 12-string sound you want.

The 12-string Martin D12X1 acoustic guitar represents a fine example Martin's commitment to preserving the earth's dwindling resources and designing guitars that are within reach of every aspiring guitarist. Constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, HPL) and traditional tonewoods, the D12X1 has the famous Martin sound and playability found in their more expensive guitars

FEATURES
  • CONSTRUCTION: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
  • TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • ROSETTE: Inlaid Boltaron w/ Red Fiber/ Multiple Black/White/Black
  • TOP BRACING PATTERN: D1 A-Frame
  • TOP BRACES: Sitka/1 Style/Non-Scalloped
  • BACK MATERIAL: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • BACK PURFLING: none
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • ENDPIECE: none
  • ENDPIECE INLAY: none
  • BINDING: none
  • TOP INLAY STYLE: none
  • SIDE INLAY: none
  • BACK INLAY: none
  • NECK MATERIAL: Rust Stratabond
  • NECK SHAPE: Low Profile
  • NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
  • HEADSTOCK: Solid/12 String/Tapered
  • HEADPLATE: Mahogany Pattern HPL w/ Printed Logo
  • HEELCAP: none
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Black Micarta
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 7/8''
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 5/16''
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: none
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: none
  • FINISH TOP: Hand Rubbed Urethane
  • FINISH NECK: none
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Black Micarta
  • BRIDGE STYLE: Belly- 12 String
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 5/16''
  • SADDLE: Compensated White Tusq
  • TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP-4600 Extra Light Phos. Bronze
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/Black Dots
  • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color
  • CASE: none
  • INTERIOR LABEL: Foil Label - D12X1 Solid Spruce Top
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4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly a Martin

I played a friends 12 string Martin in College (1967, darn I?m getting Old!) and loved the sound. Later tried several 12 strings in my price range, never found anything with...Read complete review

I played a friends 12 string Martin in College (1967, darn I?m getting Old!) and loved the sound. Later tried several 12 strings in my price range, never found anything with a sound I liked. For over 40 years I kept checking affordable 12 strings and was always disappointed until I tried the Martin D12X1. It was the first time I?ve felt and heard that Martin sound in a guitar an old hippy that still works helping people in the non-profit (read low paying) world can buy without missing the utility payments. If you?re looking for a fancy looking 12 string guitar to sit on the shelf for people to look at, look elsewhere and take your gold card, but if you want a great sound and great string action (and perhaps take a little extra pride in that C.F. Martin & Co est. 1833 label) this is the one for you. Best sound I?ve heard since 1967!

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quality misleading

I have owned this guitar for a couple of years now. I love the sound and the action of this guitar. But the quality is terible after just a few mths of having...Read complete review

I have owned this guitar for a couple of years now. I love the sound and the action of this guitar. But the quality is terible after just a few mths of having it, the center seam come a part and I had a hard time getting Martin to even fix it, when it come back it had a terrible crack look to it. I still play this guitar but now the glue has come lose again and there limited lifetime warranty will its for sure limited. I would not suggest this product to a friend, I love Martin guitars I have a few and my guitar buddy has the best ones you can by. But the quality of this guitar is very weak, so unless you can fix them yourself or want to pay another 250 to have someone fix it be very careful of what you choose.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly a Martin

By Old hippy from the 60s

from Western Colorado

I played a friends 12 string Martin in College (1967, darn I?m getting Old!) and loved the sound. Later tried several 12 strings in my price range, never found anything with a sound I liked. For over 40 years I kept checking affordable 12 strings and was always disappointed until I tried the Martin D12X1. It was the first time I?ve felt and heard that Martin sound in a guitar an old hippy that still works helping people in the non-profit (read low paying) world can buy without missing the utility payments. If you?re looking for a fancy looking 12 string guitar to sit on the shelf for people to look at, look elsewhere and take your gold card, but if you want a great sound and great string action (and perhaps take a little extra pride in that C.F. Martin & Co est. 1833 label) this is the one for you. Best sound I?ve heard since 1967!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boom!

By CBG

from Charlotte, NC

I've been trying out 12 strings under $1000 for over a year and have run the gamut from Alvarez to Washburn, but this thing is incredible. Lovely deep voice, and all the punch you would ever need. Nut is wide enough to allow fingerpicking and it handles a bottle neck slide with grace and tone. I just don't know of a better value in a 12 string.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing 12-string

By slysendice

from Kingston, ON

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I got this guitar for my birthday. My dad told me he would get me a guitar for my birthday, so I had to choose which one I wanted. I've wanted a 12-string for a long time, so naturally I went to the guitar store and tried every 12-string I could find. I liked the sound of this one the most... I like my acoustics to sound less bright, a little bit softer sounding. After finding nothing but bright-sounding guitars, I found this martin in the corner and it blew me away. Great guitar!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it

By Need Strings

from Pacific NW

I have had mine for four years now, it's wonderful. It's not my first 12 string, that's my instrument of choice above all others. This one just was "it" for me. The sound is all Martin. The feel and action are excellent. I have also had opportunity for some serious pro players to handle it and the feedback was "sounds great - nice guitar".It holds tuning better than any guitar I have ever had. I think it was a very wise purchase and a bargain. I like it so well that I am about to get my husband a six string version to provide him with change from his hollow body/arch tops.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Fine Instrument

By The Pi Thor Project

from Michigan

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I put a lot of research into 12-strings before my purchase and focused on models under $1000. This DX wins hands down. Anything with a plastic finish and toy-like construction was out completely, and relying on reviews from musicians with limited, short term experience, forget it. I used a nice 12 Ovation (Ultra Deluxe deep bowl) in the studio? great projection, but neck was somewhat difficult to manage. All other makes (under $1000) I checked. Breedlove baseball bats, pretty Ovations with Tupperware bowls (I have two already), Seagull, etc. No winners.So where are the nice 12 strings ?made for sound? that have a reasonable price?Finally, I found a Martin DX? solid construction with a light finish.HPL sides and back with a micarta fretboard? very intelligent. HPL adds to the overall strength and contributes to a solid neck interaction. Solid wood on back and sides are only muted when you lean into the guitar to play anyway and is more susceptible to environmental changes. The fretboard felt the same as my CY116 Yari. Just like ebony wood. Once again? intelligent. The solid spruce top, bracing and neck are priority, which this Martin excels at.I?m very happy with this guitar, there are NO gaudy cosmetics and it has a light lacquer finish so the spruce can breathe. No plastic polyurethane on this baby!A perfect neck that is solid and comfortable scores a 10. Most important - incredible sound is offered, just what an acoustic is supposed to do!The 12DX1 is going straight to the studio for recording with a microphone. For live play, it gets an LR Baggs M1A. Design and workmanship went straight to achieve a wonderful sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D12X1

By Keith-ifbAY

from Charleston, SC

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I own 2 of these. There is a reason for that. One at my office and one at home it is an awesome sounding guitar, built very solidly and a great price. It is my mianstay guitar out of all of them and I own 7 as of today. I have tried all the other 12 strings I could from all other brands and price ranges. This cannot be beat in so many ways. A+ Martin!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

incredible tone at an incredible price point

By Dross

from Akron, OH

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i was on a mission to find THE 6-string guitar for me. the one that sounded rich, smooth, shimmery, and full. after auditioning several dozen acoustics, i found that the only one that had the sound i wanted was a $2400 taylor, which was outside my budget. then i just started playing every guitar in the room, and this one blew me away. i came back twice over the next few days to be sure i was hearing correctly, and yeah--this guitar was consistently unbelievable, at a crazy low price. you'll be hard-pressed to find any guitar at any price that is this well balanced tonally. hearing is believing. plus the playability is phenomenal. the neck is more narrow than i've seen on other 12-strings and the action is easier than many 6-strings at this price point. all-around winner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best 12 string for the $$

By JBeckola

from Central Valley, CA

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I own a d-28, so I was a bit hesitant because of the HPL sides and back and lack of finish, etc, ect.Then I played one. I compared to other $2,000 12 strings and none rang out like this one.I know, it goes against everything you want to believe. This guitar looks nicer, costs more, has a case! It must be better, right?I din't buy it right away, cuz I still wasn't convinced, but eventually came back and purchased it.All I can say is, I'm convinced. Martin builds great sounding guitars. Even the lower cost ones can sound great. I wanted to believe otherwise, and buy an expensive 12 string, just to have (another) killer guitar, but this on is it and it doesn't cost much.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

quality misleading

By Martin101

from Sidney, KY

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I have owned this guitar for a couple of years now. I love the sound and the action of this guitar. But the quality is terible after just a few mths of having it, the center seam come a part and I had a hard time getting Martin to even fix it, when it come back it had a terrible crack look to it. I still play this guitar but now the glue has come lose again and there limited lifetime warranty will its for sure limited. I would not suggest this product to a friend, I love Martin guitars I have a few and my guitar buddy has the best ones you can by. But the quality of this guitar is very weak, so unless you can fix them yourself or want to pay another 250 to have someone fix it be very careful of what you choose.

 
5.0

Excellent Value on a Great 12

By GytrPlyr

from South Georgia

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I bought this guitar after playing it for hours in a music store. I was concerned about the HPL body and neck but after owning it for over a year those concerns are gone. This guitar looks good and plays like a dream. It has a beautiful tone without the "boominess" you sometimes get with a 12 string and it's LOUD. It moves so much air that you can actually smell the spruce when you're playing. This is an excellent quality, USA made instrument that will last a lifetime for a ridiculously low price. You won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

Wow

By Chaim Dov

from Baltimore, MD

I was at a local guitar store wishing to check out some 12 strings today. I picked up a few in my general price range and this was by far superior to the others. It sounded incredible, it was very easy to play (I have thick fingers, I think I NEED a 12 string), was very comfortable to play, and can I mention the sound again. I'm probably going to have to pick one up much sooner than I planned.

 
5.0

Great 12-String

By lpincoll

from Midvale, UT

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I have owned the Martin D12X1 and its 6 string sister the Martin DX1 for a year now. They are the two best sounding and best playing guitars I now own or have previously owned. I have Taylor, Guild, Gibson and other Martin 6 and 12 string guitars in my collection. These two "X" series Martins are the best.

 
5.0

Great Value

By Guitarman6290

from Somewhere in the woods

This guitar plays great for the price even though it is a laminate. It has a great tone. For a while i had been saving but had no idea i could get a martin at this price. I recommend this guitar to any young musician.

 
5.0

Pleasantly Suprised

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played this guitar at a local guitar shop recently. I'm in the market for a 12 string acoustic electric, but this was the only decent 12 string they had. I decided to give it a go because I was there, but wasn't seriously considering this as an option: again, it's not an acoustic electric. The strings were a bit dingy...too many browsers & not enough buyers. Even so, this instrument sounded fantastic. It resonated like a dream and the width of the neck was just right. Not too wide so that you felt like you were playing a 1x6, but enough room to allow for some picking here and there. After playing this guitar, I'm considering purchasing it and having a little saddle pickup installed.

 
5.0

great instrument

By Bluesnow

from Alaska

I bought this to have a different sound in my arsenal. Reviews were good, so I hoped it would perform...and wow! it does. I used to have a Guild 12 some years ago, but this guy is better. easy to play, wonderful, robust tone and great value. I am into function, not bling....so it fit my lifestyle perfectly. Martin has done a great thing here.

 
5.0

Test drive this one before you buy

By Reno J-9-vgr

from San Antonio, Texas

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I've been playing for over 40 years & own some fairly expensive all-wood 6-string acoustics. When I finally decided to buy a 12-string last month, I wasn't looking for much since I didn't envision playing it often, focusing on guitars in the $250-$350 range. There were decent ones - Yamaha, Fender, Ibanez, Alvarez, Washburn, & especially one Mitchell (which I almost bought & recommend). For comparison, I played some more expensive models like Seagull, Breedlove, Taylor, Martin, & Takamine. They obviously were superior, but I didn't want to spend that much. I didn't consider the Martin D12X1 because of the HPL sides & back & stratobond neck. It's not a real guitar, right? Wrong! I picked it up out of curiosity & it blew the cheaper models away. It sounded & played every bit as good, & in some cases, better than guitars costing twice as much. Even though it was double the price I had intended to spend, I was so impressed I bought it & have no regrets. I now embrace the stratobond neck - it's solid as granite (and about as heavy). You don't have to worry about it warping or twisting from the stress of 6 extra strings. Same for the HPL back & sides - no humidity issues like solid wood. The solid spruce top vibrates like a loudspeaker. This thing really rings and has a deep clear voice, unlike the trebly chiming of the cheaper guitars. It stays in tune well & the tuners are pretty accurate. Of all the guitars I played, regardless of price, it was the second easiest one to play (unbelievably, the Mitchell was easier to play but didn't sound as good, although the Mitchell sounded as good or better than many of the high-end models). Though there are guitars in this price range that are much more well-appointed (abalone, gold, binding, etc.), this one is easily worth the money due to the quality of the sound, volume, playability, & construction - plus you get that "C F Martin & Co. - est. 1833" on the headstock. Get past the fact that it's primarily HPL and plain-looking, you've got one helluva prestige-name guitar for the money. Oh, yeah. As far as my not playing a 12-string much? - my 6-strings are getting dusty.

 
5.0

6 month update

By Songwriter1948

from South Carolina

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I have owned it for about 6 months now. Played quite a few gigs. First thing I did was install a Matrix Infinity system from Fishman. Install it yourself , its not difficult, just go slow and be careful. I play thru a Gigrac 600 and a nice pair of Warfedale Titan passive speakers. The sound is rich. When I walk into my practice room I can smell that beautiful spruce wood. The guitar is opening up now. I have given it a good home.

 
5.0

Great 12-string for everyday use.

By Jim D

from Dunlap, IL

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Just received mine a few weeks ago. I did replace the saddle with a compensated bone piece from Martin, and the pins were changed to Tusq. This guitar has a rich, full sound, with strong bass, and excellent sustain. It plays easy. The action was a little high out of the box, but improved the new saddle. Nice fret work, and clean construction. It has a wonderful aroma, most likely from the cedar kerfing (lining). I will be able to use this guitar anywhere, and have been playing it outside a lot. Mine was made in Mexico. For the price, you cannot beat it.

 
5.0

Incredible Value on a Great Guitar

By GytrPlyr

from South Georgia

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I've owned this guitar for over a year so this is no "honeymoon" review. I was concerned about the HPL body so I went to a guitar shop in town to try it out before I bought it. It took about a minute (literally) to put my concerns at ease. This guitar is absolutely incredible. Chords ring out like a church bell and you can feel the top vibrate throughout the entire guitar. The most incredible thing about this guitar is the smell! It moves so much air through the body you can actually smell the spruce. The satin finish and minimalistic appointments just add to it's classic, understated elegance. A solid spruce top, USA made Martin 12 string for this price is too good to be true. Don't hesitate, buy this guitar without fear.

 
5.0

Excellent guitar, give it a try....

By Songwriter1948

from South Carolina

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A new purchase. Excellent action. May be the best resonating 12 string I have ever played. No frills, but arrived in flawless condition. In tune dispite being shipped in the dead of winter. The string balance is right on. Made in Mexico. Martin shouldnt hide that fact. Take pride in your operation south of the border. Workmanship is outstanding. I love picking apart inferior products, but this instrument totally impresses me.

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