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Martin DX1K Acoustic Guitar
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Sharp looks come from the Hawaiian Koa-grained HPL back and sides, inlaid rosette, and bow-tie plate while the solid spruce soundboard generates sign...Click To Read More About This Product
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The perfect guitar for outdoor sing-alongs and hoe-downs!
Sharp looks come from the Hawaiian Koa-grained HPL back and sides, inlaid rosette, and bow-tie plate while the solid spruce soundboard generates signature Martin tone. Naturally colored Stratabond neck and black Micarta fretboard offer unparalleled stability and resistance to climate changes.
- Solid spruce top
- High-pressure laminate back and sides with Koa grain
- Stratabond wood laminate neck
- Micarta fretboard
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I own this guitar and it is my favorite! It sounds amazing and to have a Martin for this price. Its a must buy!
So I walked into the local guitar shop all high and mighty with a year's playing under my belt, looking to "see if Marrtins really were worth all the hype". The guy behind the counter gave me a funny look at those words and the man standing next to him said "You'll see". I gave this guitar one strum and my jam literally DROPPED. This baby booms like nothing else and the highs will shimmer on top like icing on a 4 layer cake. Since I'm not totally naive, the only reasons that kept me from giving this guitar full marks is it's very basic, but the sound is there, but thats only from about 6/7 hours playing time over the course of two years and I haven't had the chance to test it out in a home or outside environment. However, I'm finishing up the payments for it next week. Don't let the bare bones appearance fool out. If you want a guitar that sounds great for the money, BUY THIS GUITAR! PS. you won't have too much trouble selling a MARTIN:P
I bought this about a year and a half ago, as a step up from my first acoustic, yet not an acoustic to end all acoustic guitars. The tone is deep, full and powerful, and the finish is nice, even if it isn't real wood. From playing everyday, you can see on the fingerboard where I've been playing, as well as where my arm has been resting on the guitar. I believe that adds character to this gem and decreases my chances of selling it. This guitar excells at barre and one finger power chords and does the job well with open chords. The highs aren't overly bright, and the mids could improve, but we'll give it more time to find out. The wood of the guitar is maturing and sounding great, so over time, I feel that this MEXICAN made Martin will open up even more and mature like a fine wine. I'd take this to my church to play, as well as small get togethers, but I would not gig with this axe- I feel like it's more at home songwriting than performing, and I feel that having this thing mic'd will only produce nasty feedback. Altogether, this is a winner, and I plan on keeping it around until it dies.
I am currently saving up to buy a new acoustic guitar i was at a guitar shop the other day and played this guitar it played like a dream! It sounds much more expensive than it is and is definitely my choice!
I was in a acoustic guitar specialty store with tons of acoustics all around, and this one really stood out. I love its simple and basic looks. I picked up the guitar and looked at the price tag, and was thinking it wouldnt sound too great after playing higher dollar martins and taylors. but to my surprise this guitar sounded amazing, it punched well and had a sweet full tone. the only complaints would be the ringing it does when strummed hard, but this can be fixed easily wiht lighter guage strings like someone mentioned, and the 1/4 counterclockwise turn on the action was a great tip aswell. i love the guitar and for its price, you cant beat it.
I cannot say enough positive things about this guitar! The Martin DX1K, with Solid Spruce top, High Pressure Laminate Koa back and sides, compressed "Stratabond" neck, chrome enclosed tuners is a true giant killer at its price vs performance points. A word of advice, however; the guitar that I play was made with the Micarta fingerboard and bridge. Martin has gone through three fingerboard/bridge materials in the production of the DX1K so far: Micarta, then Ebony, then Morado. The Martin Website currently lists the guitar as having a Morado (a type of rosewood, with variegated grain/colorings of light brown and blondish colors). Depending on the website/outlet where you see the DX1K, the fingerboard may be listed as Striped Ebony, or Black Micarta as well. After speaking with Martin Customer Service, I was informed that if the particular instrument you find has a fingerboard that is solid black, then it is most likely Micarta, a very competent and high quality material, which is extremely hard in composition--more akin to Ebony than the Morado/Rosewood that is in production with most of the current manufacture DX series. If the Fingerboard is indeed Ebony, it will be "black" with some reddish, non black coloration. And Morado will be much lighter in coloration. Martin says that their fingerboards are made of materials that are limited by their availability, and, hence, have changed over the last year or so, due to the unavailability of Micarta, and (my guess) the unavailability of inexpensive Ebony. I recommend you play the particular instrument you plan to purchase, if this is your choice, as each of these fingerboard materials are different. I have played several of the DX series guitars, and am extremely pleased to have one of the Martins with the Micarta fingerboard and bridge. This material seems to offer a more firm "feel" to playing it, along with a great sustain--also due to the Compensated "Tusq" saddle. The guitar plays and sounds with warm, big, Martin dreadnaught tones in the bass, and sweet treble--all with great sustain and clarity. At its street price, the guitar destroys any competition near its price...both in playability and in quality of tone. This is all in addition to being made in America, by the Legendary Martin Guitar Company. All in all, this guitar is an excellent value with a street price that can't be beat. This is my first Martin guitar (I've owned everything from Yamaha's and Epiphone's entry level guitars, to Taylors, Breedloves, David Webber, and Lowden guitars(!) I am hooked on the Martin Guitar Company. If I ever come into a windfall, I would go straight to the closest Martin Dealer and look at Martin's high end guitars! In the meantime, I am thrilled to have the DX1K. In my opinion, everything that Martin stands for, is represented here in this modestly priced guitar. Way to go, Martin!
This guitar stood out from most of the other acoustics at a similar price because of its full tone and playability. It just felt right to play and made playing difficult instrumentals much easier. The action is not very low but the tension feels just right to create a responsive guitar for fingerstyle playing. The striped ebony fingerboard is so smooth and makes moving up and down the neck easy. The guitar has a rounded bassy sound that can slightly overwhelm the top two treble strings. Moving from a 54 E string to something slightly lighter and with a heavier E string might balance it better and I aim to restring with D'Addario light guage phosphor bronze when the Martin factory fitted strings wear out. I may also try Fender phosphor bronze too as they are great strings and the most playable I have found to date.I quite like the plain finish, don't mind the HPL laminate back and sides either, especially as I prefer more of the cost of making the guitar to go into the sound and playability than into this. My only gripe about the finish is that the spruce top is clearly rounded off at its edge before being joined to the sides and this leaves a small gap where the neck joins the body. It would have been better to have made sure that the top edge butted squarely and cleanly to the neck. Overall I am very pleased with this guitar as it has a sound quality well in excess of its price range. It actually sounded better to me than some of the higher priced solid wood Martins. It will be interesting to see how it matures over time but at this point it sounds like a mature guitar already. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a great mid range guitar.
Results after 6 month test (1 hour minimum every day) of inexpensive Martin DX1K Hawaiian Koa. Good Stuff: 1) Has the fuller Martin sound for low price. 2) Tuners are good and stay in tune. 3) Sides and back feel like counter top material (formica) and hold up well to bumps (chair backs, doors) and cleanup with damp cloth. 4) Action is very high so 1/4 turn on Truss Rod (5mm allen wrench) counter-clockwise to lower. Bad Stuff: 1) It has a very rough neck (feel rough wood grain) from Nut up to area between 1st and 2nd Fret. Documents: 1) Only general Martin info. 2) Warns that warranty voided if strap button is not installed correctly but does not tell you how to install. Case FYI: Gator Deluxe Dreadnought fits perfect. Pickup FYI: Added Fishman Rare Earth Single Coil pickup and overall package sounds real good. Overall: Will not buy another Martin due to quality problem with Neck (only 1 chance to take my money). Recommend: Try a better quality Martin like D-15.