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Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Solid spruce sound, Fishman electronics, and Martin character.

    The DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you the full, sweet sound of a Martin acoustic with a cutaway for ease of playing. Fishman Presys Plus electronics make it stage and studio friendly, and its price won't break your back. Solid spruce top with A-frame X-bracing, HPL sides and back, inlaid Boltaron rosette, black Micarta fretboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

    Features

    • 14-fret dreadnought cutaway body
    • Solid spruce top
    • HPL (High Pressure Laminate) back and sides
    • Fishman Presys Plus electronics with tuner
    • Limited lifetime warranty

    Now's the time to boost your music to the top with genuine Martin sound and playability. Put it in the cart before you take another breath.

     
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    MartinDCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 136 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    DCX1E Guitar: Great, Apart From Soft Frets

    I've had the guitar for around 20 months now, which is long enough for me to see how it's stood up to use.

    It sounds great, played both acoustically and...Read complete review

    I've had the guitar for around 20 months now, which is long enough for me to see how it's stood up to use.

    It sounds great, played both acoustically and plugged in. The Fishman electronics have worked well through a variety of systems. I've had no problems with the action, or with the soundboard reacting adversely to changes in environment. It generally stays in tune very well indeed.

    Over 20 months the top has mellowed in colour nicely. I give it an occasional rub-over with Martin guitar polish which lifts accumulated grime and keeps the matt "no finish" finish looking fine.

    The one big negative comment I have on this otherwise great-value instrument is that the frets were VERY soft. I'd had another guitar for well over a year, playing it virtually every day, with no sign of fret wear. After just SIX months this instrument was showing very significant fret wear, with flat spots in several places, and grooves in the flat spots in some cases. After 8 months I had the frets dressed by a local luthier, but after just over a year from new the wear was becoming noticeable again, so much so that 6 months ago I bit the bullet and had the same luthier re-fret the instrument completely. Six months on there's no sign of fret wear on the new frets so I conclude that the original factory-fitted fret wire simply wasn't up to the job.

    The fact that I spent almost 1/3 of the original purchase price on a re-fret should indicate that, apart from the frets, I've been very happy with this guitar.
    Simple no-frills construction with minimal features, but well-built. I have no problems with the fact that it's got a stratabond neck and HPL back and sides, other than the fact that the HPL finish cosmetically looks a bit "cheap". The neck is actually great: strong, stable, a good shape that suits my hand well. I like the very matt, "barely there" finish to the soundboard...I hate over-glossy finishes on guitars.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Consider this first

    I own this guitar and play it regularly for self-enjoyment, jamming with friends, or for occasional use at church. I wrote a very favorable review of this guitar a year or so ago,...Read complete review

    I own this guitar and play it regularly for self-enjoyment, jamming with friends, or for occasional use at church. I wrote a very favorable review of this guitar a year or so ago, but now I have more to say, after 2+ years of ownership. Here are the facts. It is a nice sounding and a nice playing guitar. The main distinguishing feature of this guitar is the HPL sides and back. HPL is more than a little like formica, but that's not all bad. It is very tough; almost impossible to scratch, so you don't have to worry about belt buckles or zippers or buttons. The down side of HPL is that is does not resonate quite as well as wood and consequently the guitar does not acheive quite the same volume or resonance of its wooden brothers. But all-in-all the HPL is not bad. Another unique feature of the guitar is the laminated neck, which I like and found nothing really wrong with. The action may need a some tweaking, which is a little disappointing for a guitar in this price range, carrying a name with such a reputation. The Fishman electronics are boring but adequate. The guitar is also prone to feedback, but this may not be totally unusual for an electrified flattop. Now for the most serious issue. Less than two years of regular, (but by no means heavy) use, resulted is severe fret wear, to the point where I am having the guitar re-fretted as this is being written. I have played guitar for nearly 50 years, and have NEVER even seen fret wear on any guitar I have ever owned. There is definitely something wrong here. Oh, and did I mention that Martin would do nothing about it? The luthier who is re-fretting my Martin is THE premier luthier in my (major US) city. He has had years of experience working with Martin on warranty issues. He says that Martin will not warrant ANY fret wear issues, no matter what. I don't know if that's what their warranty says, but that's appparently the reality. So the point of this whole story is that it is a pretty nice guitar, except for the fret problem. But if I take the $699 the guitar cost me and add on the $350 the fret job is going to cost me, I could have bought a much nicer guitar; and as much as I like how Martins sound, there are many guitars out there that sound just as good for the same or less money. So, do your homework real well and consider hard how bad you want this Martin. FYI, I tried a $1000 Baden Guitar not long ago...WOW!

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good deal

    By Larry Penny

    from Seven Points TX

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    great guitar for the money, plays good, sounds good, electronics are very good
    nothin fancy but it's a Martin....

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Had for 6 years now

    By Jim Bednarek

    from St Louis

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I had this for almost 6 years. This always sounds great. I use at church (praise & worship) with a DI and a Morley chorus/volume pedal (which Morley still made that). Also use with a bluegrass band (really, I thought I was a jazzer). Sounds great for both fingerstyle, lead work and hard strumming.

    I was going to use this until I saved up the cash for a more expensive Martin. Now, I'm not so sure. This gets the CFM experience for under $700. Best value out there.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bought it by accident

    By Rod-m8QRC

    from Ohio/Florida

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It's a great beater with that Martin tone at a great price. I love it. Saves me from taking my HD28 out.
    It's a basic bare bones guitar...but it does have that signature Martin tone.
    Tuners are cheap. I'll replace them.
    Great guitar for the money. The electronics surprised me. Sounds great throught my Strawberry Bolnd amp

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Recording Artist

    By Jack Pummel

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    When looking for an entry Martin - you will not find a better deal. Afterwards move up in the Martin experience and you will be surprised at the quality that you had with this compared to the other Martin's.
    For the price this guitar cannot be beat. Gives all the Martin "sound" at an affordable price. Although I have several Martins, I find this one gives the best sound when I use it during a concert and have to use the "House" system for sound.
    I have been using this guitar in one of my sets for over 3 years and it holds up well to the handling by stage personnel.
    Outstanding value........

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great intro into the Martin family!

    By Kevin Brooks

    from IndianaI

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I love my Martin and am glad I bought it. I have several friends who have high end Taylors and Gibsons who love to play my Martin. They love the Martin sound and are shocked when I tell them how little I paid for my guitar!
    I It has Treble, Mid, and Bass controls as well as brightness and volume. The only complaint I have is that the guitar tends to feedback if the bass is not turned all the way down.
    The is a very sturdy guitar. The composite back and sides is durable but still looks great.
    For those of you looking to get the Martin sound, without the Martin price, this is the guitar for you. It sounds and plays great. Martin has done a good job of stripping some of the non essentials off of their guitars, like pearl inlays, and making a great sounding guitar for a good price.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DCX1E Guitar: Great, Apart From Soft Frets

    By Rob Naylor

    from Kent, England

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've had the guitar for around 20 months now, which is long enough for me to see how it's stood up to use.

    It sounds great, played both acoustically and plugged in. The Fishman electronics have worked well through a variety of systems. I've had no problems with the action, or with the soundboard reacting adversely to changes in environment. It generally stays in tune very well indeed.

    Over 20 months the top has mellowed in colour nicely. I give it an occasional rub-over with Martin guitar polish which lifts accumulated grime and keeps the matt "no finish" finish looking fine.

    The one big negative comment I have on this otherwise great-value instrument is that the frets were VERY soft. I'd had another guitar for well over a year, playing it virtually every day, with no sign of fret wear. After just SIX months this instrument was showing very significant fret wear, with flat spots in several places, and grooves in the flat spots in some cases. After 8 months I had the frets dressed by a local luthier, but after just over a year from new the wear was becoming noticeable again, so much so that 6 months ago I bit the bullet and had the same luthier re-fret the instrument completely. Six months on there's no sign of fret wear on the new frets so I conclude that the original factory-fitted fret wire simply wasn't up to the job.

    The fact that I spent almost 1/3 of the original purchase price on a re-fret should indicate that, apart from the frets, I've been very happy with this guitar.
    Simple no-frills construction with minimal features, but well-built. I have no problems with the fact that it's got a stratabond neck and HPL back and sides, other than the fact that the HPL finish cosmetically looks a bit "cheap". The neck is actually great: strong, stable, a good shape that suits my hand well. I like the very matt, "barely there" finish to the soundboard...I hate over-glossy finishes on guitars.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin DCX1E Acoustic Electric Cutaway

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have always wanted a Martin guitar but couldn't afford one until now. I tried a few guitars on the rack and this one sounded and felt the best. I then looked the price tags in awe! Some of the other guitars that didn't sound as good or feel as good were thousands while this had a price below $700.00. I couldn't believe it! After playing it almost daily over a year I can say it's still hard to put it down once you start playing. I recommend that you only use the Martin Phosphorous Bronze that were on the guitar to keep it singing.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing for the Price!

    By Josh Kennedy

    from Texas

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The only complaint is the solid stilka spruce top on mine wasn't the highest quality, But damn near! There is a quarter inch wide circular spot where the grains don't flow even.Now that I'm done complaining...(which there isn't much to complain about)This guitar is absolutely amazing, I've played on every x series martin and by far this one sounds the best to me! Due to the cutaway I suppose. The cutaway is a plus because I like to embelish high up. Everyone who owns this guitar should not be disappointed because it is great for the price. You get a higher end sound with an entry level cost!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost

    By Daniel Gillis

    from Nova Scotia

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar because it was affordable and sounded good. It has a very smooth tone, and is easy to make sound clean and resonant, although it should not be used for anything dirty, and even for something bluesy it might be too cute.Be warned however, that its action is not reliable, and fluctuated like crazy. It is very prone to swelling up in high humidity situations, as there is no give in the back and sides. The top has only one way to go when it is humid, up. It's tough to prevent from happening, especially if you are in a situation where you can't control humidity (Playing in the middle of the woods at a lodge, for example.Get yourself a couple saddles, one high, one low, and maybe one in the middle, and you will thank yourself.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DCX1E

    By Nate-anQiV

    from Newcastle Ontario

    Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I had been searching for a new guitar for quite some time, I landed on this martin a while ago, after playing it much, and bought it a few days ago.The only "cons" that people may have concerning this guitar is the HPL back and sides, the Stratabond neck, and the morado or Black richlite fingerboard.HPL: The negative connotation to HPL or Laminate (HPL is a High-pressure laminate of woodchip and wood-resin with an image places over it to look like wood) is that they dont sound as good, or open up the way a solid wood guitar does. While it is true that the HPL will not open up over time, the Solid top will, that being said, the HPL gives the guitar a rich-dark sound, which I thoroughly enjoy. The sound is great so the tone issue with HPL in my opinion is out the window.Stratabond: The neck is stratabond, it's stronger thana solid-wood neck, easy to play, suits the guitar. great. nuff-saidFingerboard could be the only discrepancy, not that I notice any difference at all, but some people may like the look of a lighter neck or the feel of a solid fretboard- it plays great.The guitar is sweet. Martin has made a low-end series affordable, and they've done a sick job.Time will tell if the greatness lasts... buy one

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