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Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid Sitka spruce soundboard and A-frame, 1-Style bracing to deliver its sonoro...Read More

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Distinct Martin tone accurately amplified by Fishman electronics.

The Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid Sitka spruce soundboard and A-frame, 1-Style bracing to deliver its sonorous Martin tone. You get comfortable playability from the modified low-oval Stratabond neck and black Richlite fingerboard.

It's all amplified by the Fishman Classic 4 Sonicore pickup/preamp system with an equalizer based on the 4 key frequency bands optimized for acoustic guitar and the Sonicore coaxial under-saddle pickup. Martin gives you a limited lifetime warranty with the DCX1KE.

FEATURES
  • D-14 cutaway body style
  • Fishman Classic 4/Sonicore pickup system
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Inlaid black/white/black Boltaron rosette with red fiber
  • D1 (A-frame) bracing pattern
  • Sitka spruce 1-style bracing
  • Koa pattern HPL back and sides
  • Mortise/tenon neck joint
  • Natural Stratabond neck
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • White Corian nut
  • Solid square taper headstock
  • Koa Pattern HPL headplate
  • Black Richlite fingerboard and bridge
  • 25-2/5" scale
  • 20 frets
  • 1-11/16'' nut width
  • 1-style belly bridge
  • 2-1/8'' bridge spacing
  • Compensated white Tusq bridge saddle
  • Chrome tuners w/small knobs
  • Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • White bridge and end pins w/black dots
  • Tortoise pickguard

Order today and step into deep Martin tone and Fishman acoustic-electric flexibility.

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MartinDCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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Good for the Money

I've owned a DCX1KE for many years now, and I'm now writing a review because I finally feel as if I know this guitar and what its capable of.
Guess what, the neck...Read complete review

I've owned a DCX1KE for many years now, and I'm now writing a review because I finally feel as if I know this guitar and what its capable of.
Guess what, the neck might bow or unbow slightly. This is a fact of life for guitars that aren't made of rock.. Luckily, guitars have been made with trussrods for decades. Give that puppy a quarter or half turn now and again if you have a buzz, or high action problem. Humidity is the nemesis of the DCX1KE. As such, buy a "Damp-It" and keep this guy IN THE CASE when you're not playing. This isn't the kind of box you hang on your wall if you expect it to play well when you do pick it up.
The acoustic tone is to be expected. Solid spruce top goes along way, though "NASA-Designed crazy composite" backs and sides is another word for cheap, so don't be fooled. The guitar is a bit boomy, especially if your mic'ing for a recording session. Not much you can do about that.
The Fishman pickup isn't half bad, there's a certain "texture" about the sound of the pick-up could drive some players up the wall. Live, it works well enough, thats about it though.
No bells or whistles on this piece, which I actually prefer. The corian nut can pinch the strings a bit, which can easily make (Fine) tuning a nightmare. A decent Martin for the price. But play seriously, and you WILL grow out of this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you paid for

When I got my Martin, I was pleased with the sound especially vs. the price. But in a very short period of time, I found the guitar was having problems. Some of...Read complete review

When I got my Martin, I was pleased with the sound especially vs. the price. But in a very short period of time, I found the guitar was having problems. Some of the joining of the body to the sitka top seemed to be loosening and the neck warped just enough to cause fret buzz on the E & B strings. I was looking at this as a practice guitar and an open mic type of instrument where I wouldn't care if it got dinged in use as long as it sounded okay, because the price was right for that. But the fret buzz got to be so bad and annoying that while practicing with my friends, I got so fed up that I trashed it. I really should have just gone with a similarly-priced model from another manufacturer, but no, I HAD to have a Martin. I didn't get 6 months of performance out of the instrument, money not well spent. I guess that their high end stuff is still worth it, but I won't venture to find out. I'll stick with something that I know works.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for the Money

By Devin Whitten

from Indiana, U.S.A.

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned a DCX1KE for many years now, and I'm now writing a review because I finally feel as if I know this guitar and what its capable of.
Guess what, the neck might bow or unbow slightly. This is a fact of life for guitars that aren't made of rock.. Luckily, guitars have been made with trussrods for decades. Give that puppy a quarter or half turn now and again if you have a buzz, or high action problem. Humidity is the nemesis of the DCX1KE. As such, buy a "Damp-It" and keep this guy IN THE CASE when you're not playing. This isn't the kind of box you hang on your wall if you expect it to play well when you do pick it up.
The acoustic tone is to be expected. Solid spruce top goes along way, though "NASA-Designed crazy composite" backs and sides is another word for cheap, so don't be fooled. The guitar is a bit boomy, especially if your mic'ing for a recording session. Not much you can do about that.
The Fishman pickup isn't half bad, there's a certain "texture" about the sound of the pick-up could drive some players up the wall. Live, it works well enough, thats about it though.
No bells or whistles on this piece, which I actually prefer. The corian nut can pinch the strings a bit, which can easily make (Fine) tuning a nightmare. A decent Martin for the price. But play seriously, and you WILL grow out of this guitar.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Look at the reviews?

By Neo-8UH-l

from Colorado

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I would not believe anything you read with these reviews. I selected several different types of martin guitars rangeing from really expensive down to the cheap. And guess what everyone of the reviews were from the same people? I guess their loaded and able to purchase any and all guitars. I will never buy a guitar from this company since they seem to think this is a game. The truth hurts. anyway Martin guitars are great from top to bottom as are most manufactures. If you want an honest review call the companies and they will set you straight.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

You get what you paid for

By 30 Rocker

from NYC

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

When I got my Martin, I was pleased with the sound especially vs. the price. But in a very short period of time, I found the guitar was having problems. Some of the joining of the body to the sitka top seemed to be loosening and the neck warped just enough to cause fret buzz on the E & B strings. I was looking at this as a practice guitar and an open mic type of instrument where I wouldn't care if it got dinged in use as long as it sounded okay, because the price was right for that. But the fret buzz got to be so bad and annoying that while practicing with my friends, I got so fed up that I trashed it. I really should have just gone with a similarly-priced model from another manufacturer, but no, I HAD to have a Martin. I didn't get 6 months of performance out of the instrument, money not well spent. I guess that their high end stuff is still worth it, but I won't venture to find out. I'll stick with something that I know works.

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5.0

Composite Martin? Don't mind if i do

By Dimebag Darrell's Ghost

from Virginia Beach, VA

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is really a great guitar, and i'll tell you why. Its made from a crazy composite that NASA helped Martin & Co. develop. The sides are made from wood shavings and composite, and that really makes it a lot more durable than your average dreadnaught. It has a spruce top for signiture martin tone and smell. Oh god, the smell... it smells soooo good. The pickups arent bad either. Good, low action. Excellent bright tone. No buzz anywhere on any fret. Capo sounds good as far as it will stay cliped. It was made in North America (Mexico), which is about as good as your gonna get for the price and quality. A GREAT BUY, I record acoustic music and this will be my guitar of choice until it's to broken to repair.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Working Guitar!

By Robert-0R7r5

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've used mine several times a week ever since buying it about 2 and half years ago. It is great for playing. The electronics are first class for performing with an amp or PA. Nice bass sound for playing live without a mike. On-board EQ is a life-saver for quick fixes on sound while performing. Has held up well traveling and playing. For live recordings with a mike, it does have a little extra bass sound, but you can EQ that out. Great for note picking with the cut-out. You can play it like an electric guitar.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MARTIN DCX1KE

By medium_pos

from Livingston Tennessee

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just got this thing in today and I love it. Maybe I just got a really good one but it is one of the best quality guitars I've ever played and I've played d-28's, a 1955 gibson j-45, and several other high end guitars and this one is up there with them. I'm very satisfied. If you are thinking about buying this guitar, do it!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Singer/Songwriter Guitar

By Acoustasonic

from Springfield,MO

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year ago. I used to play on an unknown classical acoustic guitar until it broke, and so I bought this one and was AMAZED at the tonal clarity. For under $1000 I not only got a Martin & Co. Acoustic/Electric, but a guitar I would be proud to play for the rest of my life.

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5.0

excellent sound at reasonable value

By es_north

from Palm Springs, CA

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just bought my martin, and the first thing I noticed is the sound, it is at par among the high end ones, I played several type of guitars, I never thought this guitar has the same quality and sound as the ones I have before. handling is good, the fret and the neck were thin and sleek, easy to handle and move my fingers. Its a best choice with its price value and sound.

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5.0

Awesome Martin at a Affordable Price

By firefret06

from Eugene, OR

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this baby a little more than a year ago and I have been happy ever since. Martin's are sweet guitars but I felt like I could never really afford one until I saw this guitar. I was amazed at the playability and the sound of the DCX1KE especially for the price. I was playing Martins that were selling for over $2000 and I thought that DCX1KE sounded as good or even better then many of those other high end martin guitars. It might have cheaper woods and materials, but when it sounds as rich as other high end Martin's, it doesn't really even matter to me. You can't get a better deal for your money!

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5.0

CR Music Man

By Guitarman_62

from Fairfield, CA

Comments about Martin DCX1KE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What a sweet guitar! I really enjoy this baby. I've never played anything that had better tone or playability than a Martin. I got hooked on Martin after playing a friend's Martin over in Iraq. So after 24 years with the AF this Martin DCX1KE was a real blessing to get as a retirement gift!

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