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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Tom-S1dh6

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I am extremely pleased with this guitar. It sounds so good that I really am amazed. I find myself just strumming a chord sometimes over and over. Just the resonating sound of any chord or string on this thing is amazing. Sustain on low E is a full 10 seconds. And not a choppy sustain either. The neck is smooth, great for quick changes. The guitar is not at all heavy. This is my acoustic guitar for life.

(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?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

First Guitar

By Martin1st

from Lumberton NJ

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought a Martin DX-1 made in Mexico over a year ago as a beginner guitar. I selected this guitar over a Baby Taylor because it had a deep rich tone I liked. I thought the guitar was great right out of the box, the action and strings were fine for me to learn on. After playing it for a year I can say that it really did a great job staying in tune which allowed me to focus on learning and not tuning. I am disappointed that the pick guard laminate is peeling up and all of the Martin decals inside have lost the adhesive. I've kept it in a well padded gig bag whenever not in use. So my opinion is this guitar sounds great out of the box and is great to learn on, but its not built to stand the test of time.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very, very disappointed

By Trace

from Carmel, California

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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.

 
5.0

Review

By Kevin-qdMw0

from Concord, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have always dreamed of owning a Martin. I never thought I would find one in my price rang. This guitar lives up to its reputation and I am entirely satisfied. I walked in to the guitar center just to buy a few picks and I couldn?t leave the store with out the Martin DX1. It is the best value you will find. The tone can only described in one way, It?s a Martin.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is the real deal. I love this thing. I don't own it, so I don't really no it's "long term" value, but by what I've done with this thing, it's awesome. Though kind of heavy, it makes that small flaw up with it's great sound. It's easy to play, and really nice for playing at home or a good guitar for anintermediate guitar player. I wish I could sell my Ibanez for this thing. It's awesome!

 
5.0

Love at first play

By Tedman319

from Chicago

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I started playing this guitar at the store and was amazed at the rich, unique sound. I figured, "I'll never have enough money for this, it's probably $2,000" It was then that I looked at the price tag. Every day a little more of its beauty unfolds before me, and every day I wake up to the thought of playing my Martin DX1.

 
4.0

One for the Trenchs

By Gage-.5HXd

from Upstate NY

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I stopped to buy strings for my Ovation the other day and picked up this untagged brown paper bag of a guitar. It was love at first strum. Fully expecting to shell out a "G" note for the best campfire guitars I've come across I found myself looking both ways over my shoulders when informed it was half what I expected to pay. Great Job!

 
1.0

Top seperated from side

By exMartinFan

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've owned this Martin for a year and a half.At first I was quite pleased with it. Then thetop (at the lower bout where it joins the end piece) split open (came unglued) for about 4 or 5 inches. I keep this guitar in the same room as allmy other guitars and haven't had any problems withthe others. I'm an older player who mostly fingerpicks so the guitar has not seen rough treatment.

 
5.0

Great Sound

By Mants

from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar inspires song. Rich, full sound.

 
5.0

Awesome Sound

By MartinOwner-tkQf3

from New York, NY

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar has the best acoustic sound i've ever come across. The sound is very bright and clear but goes deep and resonates. The other similarly priced martin DX AUditorium has a thinner/even brighter sound (too bright for me), while the other more expensive martin models I've tried are full but less bright IMO. I think the DX1 has the best balance between the brightness/bassiness without sounding thin. The only other guitar that came close to this distinct sound was a Taylor I checked out at a store but I forget the model. Even if I had more money to spend I'd still buy the DX1. The DX1 isn't "flashy" - but it's beautiful in its simplicity. What can I say, it's flawless really. Outstanding value this one - you will not regret!

 
5.0

Best value from a Martin!!

By Dave B.-3zYgi

from Berwyn, IL

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Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Always wanted a Martin but could never afford one. But I finally tried the DX model & wow what a great tone! Just like the more expesive models. I'm glad to see (hear) the Martin is looking out for the little guy.

(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!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Miek Holder

from Georgia

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I just bought a Dreadnought when I really couldn't afford to dish out the money. I just couldn't resist the quality of tone and performance of this guitar !!!!

 
5.0

Nice one!

By Meathooks

from Rockford Il

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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.

 
5.0

Amazing guitar for great price

By Vinnie-JFNCz

from Pittsburgh

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Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have a DX1R and my 2 friends both have DX1s and we all agree that they are by far the best guitar for the price.The spruce top with the rosewood sides and back make an amazing combination for a high quality sound for a great price.

 
5.0

One of the best guitars ever made

By JasonK

from Wilkesboro, NC

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

quaility all the way, sounds great and for the price, it's a steal!!!!!

 
5.0

DX-1 is affordable luxury!!!!!

By Lifeintheboblane

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I never thought I could afford a guitar like that on my budget, but I was wrong. The DX-1 plays just as well, if not better than many high end guitars, for a fraction of the cost. I put the Fishman Matix series pickup in it and it sounds just as good plugged in.

 
5.0

The Martin

By Picky Picker-7atZX

from Avon, IN

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Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

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.

 
5.0

Best guitar for your money

By Solidsnayk

from Livermore, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar about 3 years ago when i was low on money. I looked at Taylors, but they were too flashy and their tone was a little thin i guess. I played this guitar for about 10 seconds and said, "I'll take it!" It came with a hardshell case for free and has never once failed me. It not only sounds good live, but it is a blast to record with. Unlike many other acoustics I've played over the years, this one has an almost electric-like action and I can play for hours without my hand cramping up. There is a very pleasant low-end thats is mellow when you want it but can be aggressive as soon as you need it. The high end doesnt make it sound tinny, even if you're only playing the higher strings. The warm tone is carried throughout the entire range. I also like that this guitar has a matte finish, which allows for faster, smoother changes. Many times whilst playing a guitar that had a glossy finish, it seems that my hand would stick, or get slowed down by the finish. This guitar is, in my opinion, function before looks, but the looks are still very appealing. I would recommend this guitar to ANYONE who plays, or even a beginner.

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