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Martin X Series 2015 DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top with a patented neck mortise. And with the unique bracing pattern you get the same ...Read More

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A step up from the popular DXM!

The Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top with a patented neck mortise. And with the unique bracing pattern you get the same hallmark tone and projection as much more expensive models. The HPL body is super durable, guaranteeing years of playing pleasure.

FEATURES
  • Solid spruce top
  • Patented neck mortise
  • Unique bracing pattern offers excellent tone and projection
  • HPL body is super durable
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MartinDX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 136 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Martin

I've just started to appreciate and own Martin's again. I'd made up my mind that I needed to lay my hands on a good old fashioned Martin Dreadnaught but my budget wasn't up to...Read complete review

I've just started to appreciate and own Martin's again. I'd made up my mind that I needed to lay my hands on a good old fashioned Martin Dreadnaught but my budget wasn't up to the task of what I really wanted... or so I thought. I'd made my mind up to look at some of the HPL instruments as I have a Little Martin I'd got for my birthday and love it to death. So a hunting I went and after playing five or six different models I was handed a DX1 with the Indian Rosewood HPL back and sides (DX1R). Brothers and sisters... bow your heads. I fell in love with this axe. It plays so sweet that it almost plays itself. Deep, rich basses with a mellow sustain. Like a bell mids and trebles that snap and pop like crystal with each note. The neck feels and handles oh so nice. Projection and tone is pure Martin no matter if I'm using a pick or finger picking. She is definately plain Jane to look at, but then the looks are the only thing plain about her and even that has a natural old school Martin beauty. Anyone worrying about HPL, Stratabond and so on, need to get over it. Martin engineered a servicable, extremely playable instrument at a price most of us can afford. For those who whine about it just not being a D28 or "real Wood Guitar", I have this to report. I played my DX1R side by side against a STD D28, HD28, D35, D18, D16 and a few Taylors. The only instrument that came close to playing as sweet as the DX1 was the D16, and the difference was so insignificant that I would be very hard pressed to justify spending over a grand for an instrument when I can get one of like service and quality for almost half what I'd otherwise be paying. Two things I don't like about this guitar are no case comes with it and mine has been giving me some grief with the neck wanting to lay flat causing fret buzz. I've played long enough to know this happens sometimes... you get a tempermental instrument that you have to tweak and tame, and if it doesn't correct, Martin and the dealer will make good on it and have worked very hard to get the problem resolved already. (Psssst This even happens to D28 and D45's occassionally gang). You want a good solid Martin guitar without going in debt for one of the higher end models then I recomend checking out the DX1 and other HPL models. Remember to humidify your instruments during the winter months too! You will not regret it.

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Best way to describe it is, it's an

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to...Read complete review

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to replace my Sigma-Martin DM-1 which was stolen. That was a beautiful guitar, with amazing sound and play. Every musician friend I have who's ever played it was very surprised and impressed with it. Unfortunately, Martin discontinued the Sigma brand 3 years ago in 2007. I figured based on the description that the DX1 was the same guitar, but with the Martin name in place of the Sigma name. That is until I looked more closely. The DX1 reminds me of the formica material used for office desktops, hence the IKEA reference. Even the neck is laminated wood and the finger board is some plastic material that resembles ebony. The whole thing [while sounding OK] felt wrong in my hands. It felt like a joke. I was very skeptical of all the other low ratings but had to be sure for myself. I'm glad I took the time to check it out before I pulled the trigger. I would have been VERY upset. There are PLENTY of other guitars in this price range [and cheaper] with all *REAL* wood components that feel MUCH better. I am so sad now and really miss my Sigma, I only wish I new what I had then; I would have taken better care of it. Sorry guys, I hate to burst your bubble but any of the "X" line guitars from Martin just aren't worth it.

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5.0

Nice one!

By Meathooks

from Rockford Il

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

You will never notice the laminated sides and back. The smell coming off this is great, doent smell like glue like on cheap guitars. plays like a dream. plus i called and they sent me a free truss rod wrench, the adjustment nut for this one is further back than most.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Meh.

By Dan-o-XLNGX

from Poca, Wv

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I had a choice between this guitar and a Cort Earth700. After a long time thinking, I went for the Cort. Reason is because EVEN THOUGH this is a Martin, it does NOT have good quality!! The wood is like sawdust, the only good thing is that the sound is still Martin Quality. But, if you lay your hand on the wood, it is bound to go through.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very, very disappointed

By Trace

from Carmel, California

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased this guitar for my son, it is his first guitar. When I travelled to his home in Atlanta and played the guitar the first time, I was so VERY disappointed! The action was so difficult, I could barely make bar chords. It played like my first $12 guitar that I bought in 1960. The treasured name "Martin" should not be allowed on this guitar. I have just purchased a new replacement guitar for him. Avoid this instrument.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Sound, bad Design

By Gibson585

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have owned this guitar for 3 years now. It sounds absolutely fantastic for a lower grade Martin. I has a really warm but bright sound which i am particularily fond of. Unfortunately there is one problem with it: the 9th-12th frets on the B & G string buzz, even with the fairly high action on it. I figured this is a simple truss rod fix but it turns out Martin DX-1s and DXMs DO NOT have ajustable truss rods. I did som research and called the manufacturer to find out that this is a fairly common problem becasue of a design flaw. However not all of them have this flaw, i've played two that don't, so i would reccomend playing it BEFORE you buy to make sure it doesnt have this flaw. Other than that its a great guitar really worth the price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Value

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Think about it: A Martin guitar for this price?? Make no mistake! It sounds, smells, feels like a Martin and definitely IS a Martin! I originally purchased the DX-1 and the 12 string version as a set I could take to campfires, and other situations where dangers to my high-end guitars were likely. Since that time, I have had the DX-1 in my hands more often than the others for the reason that I really love the sound and feel. The #1 in this guitar's designation stands for "solid spruce top" and that is what makes it different than its cousin the "DX". BTW, the DX sounds pretty decent, but the spruce top on the DX-1, is a huge improvement.It baffles me how anyone can criticize this guitar on the basis of its laminate back and sides or its stratabond neck. The HPL isn't all that much different than "lyrachord" which was the original name given to the fiberglass material which Ovation uses. As far as the stratabond neck (similar to a very strong plywood) goes, it develops a very nice patina after awhile that makes it smoother and less sticky than the varnished necks on most guitars. Incidentally, Martin & Co. was not the first to come up with this concept. I own a 50-60's Framus electric guitar that has a similarly structured neck. Now, I won't tell you that the DX-1 sounds as good as my vintage D-35, or my Taylor Custom GS, but it really outclasses my Fender GA-45 and my Washburns, both of which are "solid" wood. The Fender cost me more than this Martin and is more like the Guilds they are making today. I will agree that if one is used to a certain kind of "feel" or "look", he might need a little time for transition, but this guitar, hands down, is worth every cent of its price, sounds surprisingly impressive, and is still an incredible value. What could one expect for this price? Brazilian rosewood?

 
5.0

Yum

By Dan-o-XLNGX

from Poca, Wv

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went to a local music store and asked if they had a lower end Martin. He said "Yes, DX1". I sat down and strummed the first note and my jaw DROPPED! I couldn't believe my ears, the bass response was GREAT and the chords we SO CLEAR!! People beef about the finish being satin but I loved how smooth it was.. AWESOMENESS, that's all I can say. =)

 
5.0

Bang for the buck $$

By Greg K

from TEXAS

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is a pleseant suprise.The true Martin sound is there without busting the bank.The quality is there. Put a new set of SP strings on and it is booming and you don't want to put it down.

 
2.0

Best way to describe it is, it's an

By Doc_V

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to replace my Sigma-Martin DM-1 which was stolen. That was a beautiful guitar, with amazing sound and play. Every musician friend I have who's ever played it was very surprised and impressed with it. Unfortunately, Martin discontinued the Sigma brand 3 years ago in 2007. I figured based on the description that the DX1 was the same guitar, but with the Martin name in place of the Sigma name. That is until I looked more closely. The DX1 reminds me of the formica material used for office desktops, hence the IKEA reference. Even the neck is laminated wood and the finger board is some plastic material that resembles ebony. The whole thing [while sounding OK] felt wrong in my hands. It felt like a joke. I was very skeptical of all the other low ratings but had to be sure for myself. I'm glad I took the time to check it out before I pulled the trigger. I would have been VERY upset. There are PLENTY of other guitars in this price range [and cheaper] with all *REAL* wood components that feel MUCH better. I am so sad now and really miss my Sigma, I only wish I new what I had then; I would have taken better care of it. Sorry guys, I hate to burst your bubble but any of the "X" line guitars from Martin just aren't worth it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Made of saw-dust

By SteveGuitarGuy

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is completely useless. I went to go check one out as they were on sale at my local music shop. I would hardly even classify this as a guitar; let alone a Martin! It feels like the cheapest guitar ever made. The neck isn't even a solid piece of wood.Please DO NOT buy this guitar; save up for a D-16 or D-28. If you just want a cheap guitar, get an Ibanez or something else.

 
5.0

Very worthy of the Martin name.

By Owen-OrZ3W

from Madison, WI

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I got my DX1 a year ago. The reviews I've read on them over the years have really varied. I was very happy with mine when I got it, but I figured I'd wait to see how it held up. I play out with it all the time, and am constantly using it at home. It's a workhorse, I'm not crazy about the laminate sides and back, but you can't be too picky for this price.

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