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Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Martin combines 180-years of old-world craftsmanship, with new technologies, to create this amazing instrument. It features a solid spruce top, and a...Click To Read More About This Product

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The bold sound of a koa body and Sitka spruce top paired with cutting-edge Fishman electronics.

Martin combines 180-years of old-world craftsmanship, with new technologies, to create this amazing instrument. It features a solid spruce top, and a back and sides made from a durable," forest friendly" HPL material. The strong Stratabond neck and robust Richlight fingerboard are combined to deliver a fast, even playability all across the neck. Equipped with a reliable Fishman electronics, and your ready to plug into any amp or mixing board. The DX1KAE has the sound and feel of a highly collectible Martin, but at a price that anyone can afford.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Multiple Black/White Boltaron with Red Fiber
  • Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame ''X-1''
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Back Purfling: none
  • Side Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Endpiece: none
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: none
  • Top Inlay Style: none
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Natural Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut Material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
  • Headplate: Koa Wood Pattern HPL
  • Heelcap: none
  • Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number Of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number 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 & Sides: none
  • Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Urethane
  • Finish Neck: none
  • Bridge Material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge Style: Belly
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome with Small Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Color
  • Case: Available as an option
  • Interior Label: Black Foil Label
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

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MartinX Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Codog

from Boston, Ma

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The best acoustic you can buy for the money. Although very simple looking this guitar packs a punch, and any experienced guitarist will see the value in this instrument. Sounds comparable to 3000 dollars martins but for a 1/6 of the price. Highly Recomend, and recomend changing the martin strings that come on it to further improve the sound.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worthy of 5 stars

Pros

  • Acoustic Volume
  • Quality
  • Superior Acoustic Tone
  • value
  • Warranty

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live performance
    • Practice
    • Recording
    • Sky Is The Limit

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I as many others, had difficulty wrapping my mind around a Martin being built in Mexico and the HPL concerns because I have been a long time fan of Martin's extremely amazing soid wood instruments from Nazereth, PA. These are built in a Martin factory in Mexico. Not contracted out to a company to build a 2nd line product. A genius move by Martin to compete in todays market. The HPL is small pieces of real wood glued together and it is nice, it is NOT plastic. It will not split and a better choice if you bang around your guitar. It sounds like wood, though some will bark at that comment. Doesn't matter because facts are facts.

    I bought this guitar and like the light color of the DX1-KAE. This guitar gives you more in return than what you pay for it. I don't use the built in electronics because I play into a mic for the best acoustic sound possible, it just happens to come with the Fishman pickup.

    My influences for guitar are players like Tony Rice and Pat Flynn. This is a payers guitar not a guitar show winner. You cannot beat it for the price. It is twice as loud as my Ibanez AW3000 that is all solid wood and very good. Honestly the Martin is a superior bracing design over the Ibanez.

    To get the most from it, have a "good" Luthier set the action and go. It sounds identical to a Martin DM I purchased in 1988. If you need a guitar that will keep up at any level of performing without sinking a lot of money into it, this is the answer.

    Different players have different oppinions about a guitar's action as styles are different. Any guitar I purchase has to have the action set to be right for me.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME GUITAR!

    By Jimmy Everett

    from Illinois

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    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This Martin is awesome! My wife got it for me as a surprise as she knew I was looking at it for some time. I would have loved one of the more expensive models but Im telling you, this guitar is great! It has that wonderful warm Martin sound. The action is smooth and crisp. The looks are beautiful and more than I ever expected. It is just a great guitar. If you are looking for a great acoustic/electric that sounds great, plays great, looks great and wont break your bank, this is it. I would have no other. Buy this guitar!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blues,Folk ,Country

    By Justsomebody

    from Memphis TN

    Pros

    • BEAUTIFUL
    • Its a martin
    • Proffesional Quality
    • Solid
    • Whole Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jammin
      • Live performance
      • Practice

      Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This comes with a story for me. This guitar was a gift from my stepfather. He had a 98 DX-1 I believe and one of these bad boys. We use to play local shows together. He let me borrow this guitar so much he said it just had became more mine than his...I guess he liked the way I played it. This guitar made me lots of money. Plays great. Made in Mexico but still Martin quality.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A solid, well made guitar

      By Stark

      from Erie, Pa

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Sound Unplugged
      • Great sounding pickups
      • Very Playable

      Cons

      • battery location

      Best Uses

      • Live Shows

      Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a solid, playable, good sounding guitar that will hold up to an agressive playing style and busy schedule that didn't break the bank. This was reccomended to me by a friend. I like it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I LOVE THIS GUITAR!

      By Duke Dastardly

      from Alaska

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Loud Martin sweet sound!

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have wanted a Martin for 35 years. I saw this one while surfing Musicians Friend and drooling over all the Martins I can"t afford. This one jumped out at me and after reading all the reviews, and a days worth of research on other sites, I was telling my Dad about it. He immediately made me call Musicians friend and bought me the guitar and a new tweed case.
          I can't say enough good about the amazing Martin sound. This guitar TALKS! And everybody takes notice. It came set up exactly the way I like. Great action and everything is tight and well made. T
          Because of the synthetics used in the sides and back it"s a little heavier than an all wood Martin, but who cares? I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!! The strings it came with are a bit brassy for me so I'll change to my usual Martin medium gauge bronze wound strings. For this money you will not find a better sounding or better playing guitar anywhere.
          This is the 6th or 7th instrument I have bought from Musicians Friend and the best of a great bunch of toys. Thank you Musicians Friend for all the great toys and gear over the years!

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By Miket

          from Warwick, n.y.

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin X Series 2015 DX1KAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Love this guitar! Bought one two weeks ago. Has really nice tone, best guitar in its price range.

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