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Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Superior Martin craftsmanship, spectacular 12-string articulation, and cutting-edge Fishman technology, all at a steal.

Martin's X Series highly affordable D12X1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a patented HPL (high pressure laminate) mahogany body that rounds the tone of its solid Sitka spruce top. With Martin's patented mortise and tenon neck joint and stage-readyFishman electronics this is a great value in a modern Martin. The StrataBond neck is extremely strong and warp-resistant. Formed in a high-process lamination process, it adds clarity and sustain. Its modified low oval profile with 1-11/16" nut width, 25.4" scale, and 16" radius provide comfort for your fretting hand over lengthy playing sessions.This X Series Martin guitar features proven Sonicore pick-up technology with the Fishman Sonitone system, including "easy access" volume and tone controls conveniently and strategically located just inside the sound hole.Dressed in a satin finish and featuring chrome tuners, chrome hardware, this 12-string guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin guitar, but goes for a price that anyone can afford. Embrace the dream of owning your very own Martin guitar, at a price that is too good to pass up.The Martin D121AE 12-string guitar arrives stage ready‚ÄĚjust plug them in and play. All X Series guitars also include a Limited Lifetime Warranty.Martin has always made prudent use of natural resources, especially rare or endangered tonewoods in making guitars. At the same time, it's committed to building guitars of superior tone and playability that are affordable to every guitarist. The X Series more than meets both of these criteria.

FEATURES
  • 12-String
  • Spruce top
  • Dreadnought body
  • Fishman electronics
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • 12-string guitar
  • D-14 fret body design
  • HPL back and sides
  • Sitka spruce top
  • 25.4" scale
  • Mortise & Tennon neck joint
  • StrataBond neck wood
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • 20 frets (14 open)
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 16" radius
  • Black Richlite bridge
  • Fishman Sonitone pickup
  • Controls: tone and volume (in soundhole)
  • Chrome tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Satin finish
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MartinX Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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78%

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Shimmering 12 string

This guitar plays great and sounds wonderful.

Don't worry about letting it live in standard tuning
Jim from customer service at C.F.Martin says they are built to be played in standard...Read complete review

This guitar plays great and sounds wonderful.

Don't worry about letting it live in standard tuning
Jim from customer service at C.F.Martin says they are built to be played in standard tuning.They are shipped with Martin lights which are fine for me but some folks will like extra lights.Stay away from mediums absolutly no heavy guage.The mahogany pattern hpl looks much better than pictured and the stratabond neck is particularly suited to a 12 string guitar.The string spacing is perfect for fingerpicking.I've owned a high end Guild (pulled itself apart)and medium price yamaha(sounds like a box).This blows them away,buy it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

bought sight unseen.... wish I had'nt

What was I thinking... Did I really expect a low price Martin to look and sound as good as a much more expensive guitar? Truth is, you can find nicer looking and...Read complete review

What was I thinking... Did I really expect a low price Martin to look and sound as good as a much more expensive guitar? Truth is, you can find nicer looking and better sounding guitars for even less. The wood in the neck is such an odd color compared to the rest of the instrument that it almost looks like it was made of some kind of plastic composite material. Sound quality is a little better than average, but far less than I expected from Martin.

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(8 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sounds & plays good, looks like junk

By GTARZAN

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I tried this guitar for about an hour both unplugged and plugged. The tone is very good unplugged and acceptable plugged. I originally thought to trade in my Ibanez accoustic electric 12 string for this Martin but changed my mind.

My biggest gripe is that the Martin looks like a cheap piece of junk. The top looks like it is corrugated cardboard and the sides and back are not much better. Martin did not even put a binding on the area where the top joins the sides which makes the guitar look like it was slapped together by an amature. Come now Martin---not even a single binding,fret markers or rosette? The electronics are nothing to talk about either as they consist of a volume pot and a single tone pot with nothing else.

In comparison, my Ibanez is over $200.00 less in price, has binding on the sides and neck, a nice looking abalone type rosette,fret markers and gold hardware. The electronics are exceptional as they are made by Fishman. The Fishman electronics include 4 slide switches for tone and depth control and a built in tuner (VERY handy especially on a 12 string.)There is a jack for midi application besides the standard phone type jack.

The bottom line is,if you just want a Martin to say you own a Martin, then buy it. Overall, it's a decent guitar if you don't care what it looks like and don't mind cheap "do nothing" electronics. All this being said, I wouldn't pay more than $275.00 for it.

Sorry, but I would not be proud to go on stage with this Martin as it presents itself as a cheap beginner's guitar.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really like this guitar

By Russell George

from Texas

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A really great guitar for the price.
Received this guitar as a Christmas gift, and was really excited. Had been wanting another 12 string (had owned an Alvarez 12 string several years back. I love the tone and playability of this instrument. it's much easier to fret bar chords on this instrument than my previous 12 string. Own a Martin OMC1E 6 string that I really love and am excited to add this guitar to my instruments.
I really like the flat satin finish of the top. The StrataBond neck has a really good feel, and the HPL sides and back look great. It projects a really nice 12 string sound, and is fun to play.
For the price, this a very well made, very playable guitar. It's a really great value.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mexico

By Lencho

from Las Cruces

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Lots of people seem to think that just because this guitar was built in Mexico there is something wrong with it. How weird! Have any of you ever checked out guitar making in Mexico? Have you been to Paracho? Fine guitar making is no new thing to Mexico. It has been going on there a lot longer than it has been going on here. This particular guitar is for people who can distinguish sound, feel, and durability without having their senses spoiled by expensive and distracting features put on mostly for the purpose of making more money for guys who don't need it!

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  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shimmering 12 string

By Derfquake

from Lakewood,Ohio

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar plays great and sounds wonderful.

Don't worry about letting it live in standard tuning
Jim from customer service at C.F.Martin says they are built to be played in standard tuning.They are shipped with Martin lights which are fine for me but some folks will like extra lights.Stay away from mediums absolutly no heavy guage.The mahogany pattern hpl looks much better than pictured and the stratabond neck is particularly suited to a 12 string guitar.The string spacing is perfect for fingerpicking.I've owned a high end Guild (pulled itself apart)and medium price yamaha(sounds like a box).This blows them away,buy it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D12X1AE Is Amazing

By Uncle Ronnie

from West Of Chicago

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Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I do not know how I could be happier with this instrument. The tone is astounding - uncannily clear and chimey. Action is very low, yet no buzzing. Martin's high-pressure lamination produces volume, banance, and brilliance that exceed some solid-core performance. Some of my other guitars are a 70s-era Martin D18, a lawsuit-era Takamine 12-string, and a Gibson Humming Bird. Each of them has wonderful characteristics, but price-wise Martin's D12X1AE is the best value. It's currently my most-played instrument. By the way, Musician's Friend agent was extremely helpful when I phoned in my order, and the instrument arrived very quickly even though I ordered it around Black Friday chaos time.
I love the simplicity and under-stated beauty of this instrument. Not everyone will like semi-gloss finish and the absence of purfling, I suppose. I think it is just great.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

bought sight unseen.... wish I had'nt

By Drew

from CDA, ID

Verified Buyer

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What was I thinking... Did I really expect a low price Martin to look and sound as good as a much more expensive guitar? Truth is, you can find nicer looking and better sounding guitars for even less. The wood in the neck is such an odd color compared to the rest of the instrument that it almost looks like it was made of some kind of plastic composite material. Sound quality is a little better than average, but far less than I expected from Martin.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Worship_Leader

from Shawnee, Kansas

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Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own a 6 string Takamine that is about in this price range. I dislike the amplified tone that it outputs. At guitar center, I was playing all the Martins (even though I am a die hard Taylor fan) and came across this. Even compared to the $3000 martins, this was my favorite guitar of the room! When I looked at the price tag, I was stunned to see $599. I did not get a chance to hear the amplified tone, but Fishman pickups are reliable and are sound good. I am now selling my 6 string Takamine to get this 12 string beauty. On the looks side, I am actually a fan of there being no binding on the sides, it makes is unique. (and less expensive) I wish it was real wood as opposed to laminate and I'm not a huge fan of the neck. Nevertheless, I can't want until my guitar is sold and I get a chance to go pick this thing up to add to my collection!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy, Great Guitar!

By Golf'n'guitars

from Decatur, Alabama

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Pros

  • Excellent tone
  • Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Around Player
    • Indoors or out
    • Plugged or unplugged

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The Martin design drew me in. Assembled in Mexico is not a problem at this price range and I feel like I can play this Martin anywhere, on the beach, by the fire (not too close)and other places I would not break out my HD-28. Musician's Friend always comes through with a quality product at a competitive price. I bought this one as a good condition used guitar. It was absolutely pristine. I only lack the warrenty and that is not an issue with this guitar.

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    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    None better for the price

    By Boxcar

    from Reno, NV

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    Pros

    • Excellent tone
    • Great Low Action
    • Inexpensive
    • Stays in tune
    • Well built

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought my D12X1AE almost two years ago. A great all around 12 string with outstanding tone. Easy to play, even barre chords up the neck. Capos well, too. If you want pretty bindings and rosettes, look elsewhere. Even a high end D-18 or D-28 doesn't have a fancy rosette. If you really need an electric tuner installed, quit guitar and take up harmonica. Although I have also bought a Guild F412 (with lots of fancy binding and bling), this Martin is worth every penny. Many other manufacturers (Taylor and Fender to name a couple) also have Mexico plants and they also put out quality products. Also, because it's a laminate back and sides, the low humidity here doesn't affect it much.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Reindeer

        from Alexandria, AL

        Pros

        • Action
        • Sound quality
        • value

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I purchased this guitar not sure if a lower priced Martin would sound or play as well as the more expensive guitars. I have to admit I am very pleased with this guitar. If your looking for a fancy looking guitar, this guitar might not be for you. It's got a basic satin finish, nothing fancy. But everything else about it in my opinion is great. It has a deep, mellow martin tone. The action is as low as it could be for easy playing. And the quality of it is great also. The one I received had no flaws, built very well. It is a joy to play and that sound can only be from Martin. It's foreign made, but it has the Martin name on the headstock and definitely has a good Martin tone. I'm glad I bought it. I will never let it go.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            amazing for the price

            By Squirefan

            from Greeley, Colorado

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            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I recently played a new Martin X Series D12X1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar. I like it alot. and the amplified sound was very good. I have no problem with the plywood used in the guitar, it sounds that good and the body will look like wood from a few feet away.I would have liked to have seen the Martin headstock logo being more prominent. Its there, but almost like they are trying to downplay it a bit. Not sure why as the quality,sound are very nice. I have not bought it yet as I prefer a gloss top . Nevertheless, I found it easy to play, nice quality, laminated neck a little strange looking (but it should never warp). I'll probabably go back and get it...

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a STEAL.

            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This is an impressive guitar that nearly anyone would be proud to own and love to play. The sound is the most important thing and it sounds warm, beautiful and holds it's tune. It is easy to play and it looks beautiful too.
            This is a great guitar that I have been playing at local music stores for a while now. The other day I noticed the output for the first time and that this had electronics in it. I usually stay away from acoustic-electrics not liking the sound. This is an exception. The only downside is no onboard equalizer, etc. I didn't get to plug it in yet though.
            Outstanding. Outstanding. Outstanding. This is a beautiful guitar, and if I hadn't read it I would have had no idea about the laminates used in manufacturing. The sound is warm and stunning... just increddible sound. The volume is not as loud as some that I have played. I have a Martin from 1979 that has a fuller, louder sound but this is just as warm and for the money I probably would have bought this one which is a lot cheaper than the vintage one I bought. My cat dropped the vintage one. I thought she totaled it. But a repair guy brought it back 100%. I wonder what would happen if you dropped one of these?

            btw I am an animal lover so the cat still got a kiss after I screamed in horror.
            The price for this thing will make you do a doubletake after you play it and then look at the price!

            (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            martin x series

            By charles patch

            from uniontown,pa.

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            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            only thing i don't understand is where does it say assembled in MEXICO ?? martin it's like you are trying to hide the fact,?? people should know before purchasing from an american guitar co. before they look inside and see assembled in MEXICO.if you buy it through the mail you will be surprised to see that,i actually cancelled ordering one ,until i researched it well,and actually heard them .so i did change my mind but musicians friend and martin we don't like surprises tell up front WHERE IT IS MADE AND YES, I KNOW IT GETS MARTINS QUALITY INSPECTION THATS A GOOD THING,

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT MARTIN QUALITY GREAT PRICE

            By TEKETRONIX

            from MIDWEST

            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            For this price no one expects elaborate gold inlay and ugly black binding all around the guitar where the front meets the side. This look is simple and straightforward, personally I love that look and front on a guitar it is beautiful, a work of art, a masterpiece, voila. Martin has succeeded in bringing us a quality guitar at a very affordable price. Bravo to Martin.

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            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great quality for the money

            By Doc Lee

            from Alpena Michigan

            Pros

            • Big Sound Plugged Or Not
            • GREAT BALANCE
            • Great playability
            • Holds Tunning

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Good Choice To Play Out

              Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I have owned this instrument for six mos. I play out at least one night a week. this is a great gig instrument for a solo act. Big sound if you want however, treble on finger style bridges are crisp and full.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great player

              By Dennisio

              from Summerhill, PA

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              Pros

              • Great smell
              • Great Value
              • Nice action

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Excels All Situations

              Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Yes, it is made in Mexico, and it is a very well made guitar. I am a 12 string freak, and this one is worth every penny I paid for it.

              The guitar was received in perfect condition with excellent setup. Very comfortable neck. Great full-range and strong projection.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Sounding Guitar!

              By McFee

              from Muskegon,MI

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful Tone And Feel

              Cons

              • Delicate Instrument
              • Unique Construction

              Best Uses

              • I Own A Martin

              Comments about Martin X Series 2015 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Definite upgrade to my arsenal.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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