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Martin DXM Acoustic Guitar  

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        Martin quality at an affordable price!

        The Martin DXM Acoustic Guitar features HPL body construction, Martin's patented neck mortise and unique DX bracing pattern to get the legendary Martin tone.

        This X Series dreadnought acoustic features the bright sparkle and deep, resonant tone that Martin guitars have become famous for, with high pressure laminate (spruce grained) top and mahogany grained sides.

        Features

        • Model: DXM
        • Construction: Mortise/tenon neck joint
        • Body size: D-14
        • Top: Spruce pattern HPL (High Pressure Laminate) textured finish
        • Rosette: Herringbone style - gold & black
        • Top bracing pattern: X Series ''X''
        • Top braces: Solid Sitka spruce 5/16''
        • 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: Modified low oval
        • Nut material: White Corian
        • Headstock: Solid/standard taper
        • Headplate: Mahogany pattern HPL
        • Heelcap: none
        • Fingerboard material: Solid morado (Bolivian "Rosewood") or solid East Indian rosewood
        • Scale length: 25.4''
        • # of frets clear: 14
        • # of frets total: 20
        • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
        • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
        • Fingerboard position inlays: None
        • Fingerboard binding: None
        • Finish back and sides: None
        • Finish top: None
        • Finish neck: None
        • Bridge material: Solid morado or solid east Indian Rosewood
        • Bridge style: Belly
        • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
        • Saddle: 16' radius/compensated/White Tusq
        • Tuning machines: Chrome with small buttons
        • Bridge & end pins: White with black dots
        • Pickguard: Tortoise color
         
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        4.5

        (based on 39 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        This guitar is amazing!!!

        I've played this guitar for a few years now. Amazing guitar! Plays easier than my strat with 9's on it. Fast, lowest action I've ever felt, gorgeous, and it sounds like...Read complete review

        I've played this guitar for a few years now. Amazing guitar! Plays easier than my strat with 9's on it. Fast, lowest action I've ever felt, gorgeous, and it sounds like guitars 3-4x its price. Very rich traditional Martin sound. I installed brass bridge pins to brighten it up and get more sustain, and a Martin bridge saddle pickup for added volume plugged in that I wasnt getting ut of my DeanMarkley ProMag. Now it has perfect balance between a plucky brightness and a full rich sound. Outboard EQ it and you've got any guitar you want all in one- Gibson Taylor Breedlove w/e. You can really get any tone you want out of this versatile guitar. I play hard rythm to melodic acoustic stuff to bebop jazz n it all sounds amazing. The only problem I did have was, since it is cheap and not real wood back and sides, the glue seams on the top and back are not as good as they would be on a high end Martin so if your friend drops it it is far more likely to break along the seam and cost you a couple hundred in repairs (I speak from experience) but the sound is still amazing as ever and my buddies still drool over it despite the unsightly scar it procured during surgery. Love it. I have found my soul mate...

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Unfortunate purchase

        This guitar carries the "Martin" name, but doesn't live up to it. I returned it after 3 weeks, as the neck just warped and warped continuously rendering the guitar totally...Read complete review

        This guitar carries the "Martin" name, but doesn't live up to it. I returned it after 3 weeks, as the neck just warped and warped continuously rendering the guitar totally un-playable. My guitar shop took one look at it and said that it is basically un-usable. This guitar is a cheap, low-quality, Mexican-made mass-produced piece of junk. My advise: if you're in the market for an accoustic guitar upgrade or replacement, spend the extra money it takes to buy a QUALITY instrument. I would suggest taking a look at Carvin .... i have since bought a model that ran me only $300 more, and is a veritable work of art for the price.

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        5.0

        Amazing

        By mryabuddy1

        from Grand Junction, CO

        I don't care what anybody says, this guitar is amazing. It had a great deep tone and it is beautiful for the price.

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        2.0

        Not Worth Your Money

        By akustikgitar

        from South Carolina, USA

        I have played this guitar on numerous occasions at a friend's house. The sound quality is extremely underwhelming due to the HPL laminate construction. The guitar has decent playability, but is really below average on sound quality. There are much better options available at this pricepoint. Do yourself a favor and get a guitar with a solid top, even if it's your first guitar. With the DXM you're paying quite alot for the Martin name. Sorry Martin, but this guitar is not worth the money.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        HPL not the best material

        By Zed77

        from Utah

        I owned this guitar for roughly 4 years, and I never really liked to play it because it wasn't loud at all, and it really didn't sound very good. Don't get me wrong, it was fairly easy to play, and the guitar construction was what you would expect from a Martin, but in my opinion the sound was sub par. The lows were actually pretty good but the mids and the highs really left something to be desired, not to mention the fact that the guitar sounded like it was being muffled. I think Martin has lowered there standards quite a bit by using HPL (plastic looking/feeling material) in this guitar.

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        5.0

        Big Lungs for a Budget Box

        By thudbucket

        from Iowa

        Have a DXM which I bought damaged and repaired. Use it as a travelin'/beater git so my HD-28V doesn't have to leave the house. A super great value for the money-and no tragedy if you have to break it over somebody's melon.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AWE... the sound of Martin

        DXM is truly a wonderful guitar. Its a smooth playing simple guitar that sounds wonderful. After about 5 hours in the guitar shop, it was between the DXM or a slightly more expensive Taylor. The Taylor yelled a little louder but the Martin sound is angelic.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everyone Needs One of These

        By MazeMann

        from Nevils, GA

        The Martin DXM is simply a delight to play, look at and listen to. The action is light and with its fast neck you can really get around the fretboard. I usually play classical pieces on a nylon strung guitar, but to my joy, I found myself effortlessly playing it on the DXM. I love the open sound, but could use a bit more sustain. I just wish I'd found this guitar a long time ago. I recommend it to anyone not wanting to spend a fortune on a steel string acoustic. This is a winner.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Must Have Acoustic!!!

        By Bubbatalk77

        from Atlanta

        As an "intermediate" guitar player...I was looking for an every day acoustic to bang around on when I ran upon this babe...was looking for an Alternative X, but found this one first, and WOW. My "Premium" acoustic is an heirloom 1967 Gibson J-45 Tobacco Sunburst that I "bought" from a family member, but in all honesty, this mexi-mart plays and sounds better in every respect. Yes, It is HPL, and it is mexican made, but the mexicans have been making guitars longer than americans have been playing them...and the sound speaks for itself. Viva la Martin!

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        5.0

        Fantastic!

        By Doc-Z60Eu

        from Columbia, SC

        This Martin sounded better than any other Martin that I tried... so I figured for the money, this was the best buy. I've had it for over 2 years, I perform every week with it and it has never let me down.TIP- use Elixir strings... well worth the investment!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than DXME

        By Gibsonsg1090

        from Woodbridge , Va

        The sound was amazing for such a lower end martin. We also had the DXME, which is the cutaway with pickups. I tried that one but it had a very quiet sound that wasnt for me. The DXM had a very warm and open tone to it and the wood is just amazing. I bought this guitar to give it to my dad and he loved it. I really recommend this guitar to even people who have been playing for years!

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        5.0

        Excellent choice

        By The Night Watchman

        from Ft Benning, GA/ Iraq

        I've never really liked to play acoustic much until recently, and this guitar is part of why. I managed to pick it up for a reduced price because of a company going out of business, and have been so happy ever since. There's no fret buzz at all, the neck is nice and slim - so fast! It feels great in my hands, and with some Martin Medium guage strings, sounds as good as much more expensive guitars. If you're thinking about it, I suggest going with it.

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