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Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Solid spruce sound, Fishman electronics, and Martin character.

If you thought a genuine Martin was out of your price range, consider the DCX1E Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Though it's much less costly than most of its Martin siblings, the DCX1E offers the open sound and playability the company is renowned for. A Fishman Presys Plus electronics system equips it for the stage or the studio. It's made with a solid spruce top supported by A-frame X-bracing for maximum projection. The HPL (High Pressure Laminate) sides and back are sturdy and a Boltaron rosette with inlay work adds visual interest. The black Micarta fretboard makes fretting effortless. As with all Martins, the DCX1E comes with a 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

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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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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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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great intro into the Martin family!

By Kevin Brooks

from IndianaI

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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.

(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........

(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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A playable guitar

By DuShane

from New York City

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Bought this guitar because of the price and the pick-up. When I got it I was overly satisfied with the playability of this guitar, I can't put this baby down. My opinion on guitars are this, if they inspire you to create and write more efficiently, if they record without mounts of EQ, if it doesn't fall out of tune when playing it hard ( the dreaded g string ) then it is a worthy instrument.I don't care much about the bells and whistles, this guitar came out of the box in tune and stays in tune. I used in on 3 different tracks using 3 different tunings ( regular, celtic, drop down ) all country/rock tracks and it came up sounding great. So my advise to someone buying this guitar is if your looking for a strip down martin acoustic with a pick-up that records great and stays in tune w/ superb action and is very easy to play, then this is the one. Hope this helps.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought it by accident

By Rod-m8QRC

from Ohio/Florida

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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

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

2 broken in less than a year

By Chris Keefe

from Ashland, OR

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar last year and loved it. I played it for 5 months and then one day discovered that the spruce top had separated from the composite body. I brought it to my guitar tech, and he said it was unfixable. I sent it to Martin and they sent me a new one!!! Well I had the new one for 2 months and the same thing happened!!!! The spruce top separated from the composite body. I see that Martin is making these guitars in Mexico now and I just have to wonder where their quality is going???? I have been playing Martins for almost 15 years and I want to keep playing them but I don't think that this is the guitar for me.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin DCX1E Acoustic Electric Cutaway

By John Bruton

from New Milford, NJ

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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.

(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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A durable guitar with great sound for the price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is just a nice, durable, bang around guitar perfect for players who do a lot of shows and don't want to worry about what happens when their 3000+ taylor falls to the ground. in addition to this it sounds great, like a guitar priced much higher, both plugged in and not. as far as the reviewer saying that the guitar fell apart on him, i've had no such problems and suspect that perhaps the reviewer did not humidify his guitar, which is something that is always necesary, especially, it seems, with martins. this is a great guitar for this price, there are no cons besides cosmetics to buying this guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good deal

By Larry Penny

from Seven Points TX

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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....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Veteran Player Loves This Guitar

By Martin Fan-uFF0v

from the Okanagan region of British Columbia

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased my DCX1E eighteen months ago. I'm a professional folk/country musician who performs both as a solo self-accompanied vocalist and as singer/lead guitarist in a trio. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the best guitar I've ever used on the stage. Combining playing ease and big Martin sound (whether plugged or unplugged) it earns compliments virtually every time I play a gig. When I first got it I brought it along as a backup to either of my other two performance guitars: when"unplugged," my Martin D18 (1964); when "plugged," my Gibson SJ (mid-60's). It soon became my first choice in both situations and has ever since served me admirably on indoor and outdoor stages. A bonus is that I've always liked the clean and traditional look of my DCX1E.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Tremendous value

By PalmtreeDJ

from California

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Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar only a month now, but am extremely impressed with the quality and sound so far. Every one says their guitars sound "As good as a Martin"---Hey, at this price, why not just BUY A MARTIN?! I had a Seagull Artist, which played very nice, but this guitar has far better sound and a certain ring to it that almost sounds like a chorus pedal is plugged in somewhere. I highly recommend!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A novice's epiphany

By Robert-_N9Hl

from Germantown, MD

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Great value and terrific sound. I had a cheap Takamine Jasmine prior to getting my DCX-1E. I was in a music store and played both the DCX-1E and DX1R side by side against my Takamine. No comparison; the Martins had a sound quality that just blew me away. It was a bit like that line from the first Harry Potter movie about it being "the wand that chooses the wizard and not the wizard that chooses the wand." I thnk the same is true of guitars; my Martin chose me rather than the other way around.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A nice low-end Martin

By Heath-Ekg.f

from Oklahoma

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I Just bought my DCX1E after playing every single acoustic-electric in my local Guitar Center. Other than the multi-thousand dollar Taylors, Martins, Gibsons etc, this one had the best sound, action, and value. I really love the way it sounds unplugged, especially for a cutaway. The only thing that I wasn?t amazed buy was the sound plugged in, it isn?t as full and deep as I would like (just picky), although by no means a reason to leave it at the store. For the money, I think it is much better than any other guitar I have played from $300 - $1200 range.

(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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW? Only $700...

By No Martin....

from Nashville,Tn

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Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a professional musician and have been playing now (professionally) for close to 14 years. During this time I have played many of guitars. From $100 guitars to $4,000 guitars and let me tell you, for the price this guitar is simply amazing. I went to the music store looking to spend around $1,500 and walked out only spending $700. As much as I tried to make myself believe the more high priced martins were just better guitars I couldnt. The sound the DCX produces is amazing. It has the famous martin sound everyone loves and then some. As far as being made in Mexico...WHO CARES!? Whats not made in mexico these days. A true musician plays what he knows is good and what will do good for him. If you want a good guitar, you dont always have to pay big bucks. I have read a few reviews of people complaining about this guitar coming apart and the backs and sides, well, if you play an acoustic like your thrashing in a metal band, this guitar is not for you, nor is any other acoustic for that matter. If you want a Martin, Go with the DCX1E, you WILL NOT be dissappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Be Reluctant

By MPH

from Houston, TX

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned and played many guitars over the past thirty years and have to admit that this one is definitely the best I've ever had the pleasure of picking up. I've read all of the reviews on it and have a difficult time believing the ones that have quality issues. No matter how great the quality is, you cannot abuse an acoustic guitar and expect it to last. I play gigs just about every weekend...some inside and some outside in the rain. Haven't had a single problem. Therefore, I am pretty much convinced that the bad reviews are actually the competition trying to get you to NOT buy this guitar.Another issue I'm having a hard time with is everyone bashing the fact that this guitar is constructed in Mexico. It is still the same high quality materials and inspection process. I don't hear people bashing Corona Beer or Cuervo Gold Tequila????Only actual issue I have with the guitar: The battery for the pick-up doesn't last very long. (You'll find that all pick-ups go through batteries like crazy).I need to tell you how good the guitar is. Once you pick it up and play it, the guitar will sell itself.

 
5.0

Best sounding guitar for money with great playability,

By Boris

from Queensland Australia

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After putting on the Elixia Nano strings this guitar really shows its best! I love to pick this guitar up daily to hear the sweet full sounds it makes. Great action on mine.

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