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Excellent value with a solid spruce top and Fishman electronics.

The X1-DE It features a solid spruce top with a customized rosette, 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 you're ready to plug into any amp or mixing board. The custom X1-DE has the sound and feel of a highly collectible Martin, but at a price that anyone can afford.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany Pattern HPL back and sides
  • A-Frame ''X-1'' top bracing
  • Black Richlite fingerboard
  • Fishman Sonitone features:
  • Active soundhole mounted preamp
  • Soundhole mounted rotary controls for Volume and Tone
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Type/Shape 6-string dreadnought
    Top: Solid Spruce Top
    Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame "X-1"
    Top Braces: Solid Spruce 5/16"
    Finish Top: Hand Rubbed
    Back and Sides: Durable Forest-Friendly Mahogany Patterned HPL
    Neck: Stratabond
    Neck Shape: Modified low oval
    Headplate: Mahogany-patterned HPL with printed logo
    Fingerboard: Black Richlite
    Scale length 25.4"
    Number of frets 20
    Bridge: Black Micarta
    Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
    Strings: Martin MSP7100 Lifespan 92/80 Phosphor Bronze Strings
    Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
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MartinX Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (6)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Even better than my first

Back in July I wrote a review on the 000X1AE Martin X-Series guitar. I was thoroughly impressed with the bang for the buck I got initially. However I realized I was just not a...Read complete review

Back in July I wrote a review on the 000X1AE Martin X-Series guitar. I was thoroughly impressed with the bang for the buck I got initially. However I realized I was just not a "000" guy as the sound was underwhelming when strummed beside my Dreadnought Yamaha. So this review is about the Dreadnought X version I purchased and its comparison to the 000X1AE.

First off - this guitar was hand picked from a handful of DX1AE's. I had the luxury of trying many of them out, and yes, they are different from each other. I even brought my 000 to the store to make sure I wasn't making a mistake; I wasn't. The guitar I picked was the deepest sounding of them all, which was my aim. I mulled over the decision for days while we went out of town but could not shake the idea of owning it. My wife would have never gone for it had I not conjured up some promise to not buy one again for 2 years. Needless to say I went home a happy boy and am not sorry I bought it.

Each time I pick up the instrument I grin. The bass is so deep I almost burst into tears and can't resist the Fmaj7 and open G chords. I've played higher end Martins that sound like this but cost 2-3x as much. This guitar is 100% Martin but more cheaply manufactured. To explain the lush tone - think Tom Petty's "Wildflowers". You Tube the song if you are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about. I can capo to 3 and nail it every time. For this price it's practically stealing.

The guitar is not without its shortcomings however. I have some large gripes, mostly with the electronics and the construction. The fishman sonotone pickup system is very unimpressive on both models. In fact I wish they scrapped it altogether for a new system that implemented a 3-band EQ for much better control over your guitar's tone when amplified. The two wheels underneath the soundhole control Volume and Brightness. This is only slightly better than a shadetree luthier's installation of an undersaddle pickup with an output jack. The guitar itself naturally sounds honky through any system and that cannot be remedied unless EQ'ed at the board or in-line. My preferred solution? I use an Ibanez GE-9 in between the guitar and the board which allows me a little personal control over how the guitar sounds before it hits the front. I virtually scoop all frequencies between 250 and 600hz and boost around 100 and 1,000. If Martin included a soft bag and upgraded the electronics to a 3 band, and jumped the price 100 more, I would be so incredibly happy. They wouldn't lose much by cutting into the HPL to install a 3-band control panel. It is cheap material, which also brings me to another interesting topic - the HPL. H.igh P.ressure L.aminate is not wood; it is in fact laminated wood-patterned plastic. This bothers me as I'm always subconsciously aware that the guitar is half-plastic. Sounds bad, doesn't it? The stuff is durable as all get out - but don't think that you can get away without properly humidifying it. The guitar responds to extreme changes over time by splitting right along the glue lines...that is, body detatches from top and vice versa. This happens when the guitar severely dries out. Durable to an extent, but faulty to another. You hear about it all the time (another reason to subscribe to the warranty).

The top is not glossy which leaves it open to scuffs and dings. Scrape a fingernail across the top and you have a permanent tattoo of what you just did. The back and neck can probably survive a pack of firecrackers so go figure.

With all of my gripes included I still think this instrument is a serious rival. Its major downfalls are the electronics and the construction - but honestly, sitting right next to this guitar was a Taylor 314ce. I could not afford it that day but I still wouldn't have picked it over this one. It made the Taylor sound like a toy, and Taylors are fine, fine guitars. For this reason I knew I found a special guitar. My advice? Try several in person to find "that one". You'll know because you won't leave the store without it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Always loved the Martin

Bought this guitar at a deal but I guess you get what you pay for. It's a shame that the intonation was a bit off and to send out a guitar just to have...Read complete review

Bought this guitar at a deal but I guess you get what you pay for. It's a shame that the intonation was a bit off and to send out a guitar just to have to send it back is not worth the time or money...You would think the company would care more for their products let alone the customer than this.

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(26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Even better than my first

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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Pros

  • 100 Percent Martin
  • Deep sound
  • Easy Playing Right Away
  • Plays well with others
  • Price is nice
  • SMOOTH NECK

Cons

  • Cheap construction
  • Electronics
  • High Pressure Laminate
  • Susceptible to damage

Best Uses

  • Impressing your friends
  • Living Room Jams
  • Porch Pickin
  • Praise and Worship
  • Recording

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Back in July I wrote a review on the 000X1AE Martin X-Series guitar. I was thoroughly impressed with the bang for the buck I got initially. However I realized I was just not a "000" guy as the sound was underwhelming when strummed beside my Dreadnought Yamaha. So this review is about the Dreadnought X version I purchased and its comparison to the 000X1AE.

First off - this guitar was hand picked from a handful of DX1AE's. I had the luxury of trying many of them out, and yes, they are different from each other. I even brought my 000 to the store to make sure I wasn't making a mistake; I wasn't. The guitar I picked was the deepest sounding of them all, which was my aim. I mulled over the decision for days while we went out of town but could not shake the idea of owning it. My wife would have never gone for it had I not conjured up some promise to not buy one again for 2 years. Needless to say I went home a happy boy and am not sorry I bought it.

Each time I pick up the instrument I grin. The bass is so deep I almost burst into tears and can't resist the Fmaj7 and open G chords. I've played higher end Martins that sound like this but cost 2-3x as much. This guitar is 100% Martin but more cheaply manufactured. To explain the lush tone - think Tom Petty's "Wildflowers". You Tube the song if you are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about. I can capo to 3 and nail it every time. For this price it's practically stealing.

The guitar is not without its shortcomings however. I have some large gripes, mostly with the electronics and the construction. The fishman sonotone pickup system is very unimpressive on both models. In fact I wish they scrapped it altogether for a new system that implemented a 3-band EQ for much better control over your guitar's tone when amplified. The two wheels underneath the soundhole control Volume and Brightness. This is only slightly better than a shadetree luthier's installation of an undersaddle pickup with an output jack. The guitar itself naturally sounds honky through any system and that cannot be remedied unless EQ'ed at the board or in-line. My preferred solution? I use an Ibanez GE-9 in between the guitar and the board which allows me a little personal control over how the guitar sounds before it hits the front. I virtually scoop all frequencies between 250 and 600hz and boost around 100 and 1,000. If Martin included a soft bag and upgraded the electronics to a 3 band, and jumped the price 100 more, I would be so incredibly happy. They wouldn't lose much by cutting into the HPL to install a 3-band control panel. It is cheap material, which also brings me to another interesting topic - the HPL. H.igh P.ressure L.aminate is not wood; it is in fact laminated wood-patterned plastic. This bothers me as I'm always subconsciously aware that the guitar is half-plastic. Sounds bad, doesn't it? The stuff is durable as all get out - but don't think that you can get away without properly humidifying it. The guitar responds to extreme changes over time by splitting right along the glue lines...that is, body detatches from top and vice versa. This happens when the guitar severely dries out. Durable to an extent, but faulty to another. You hear about it all the time (another reason to subscribe to the warranty).

The top is not glossy which leaves it open to scuffs and dings. Scrape a fingernail across the top and you have a permanent tattoo of what you just did. The back and neck can probably survive a pack of firecrackers so go figure.

With all of my gripes included I still think this instrument is a serious rival. Its major downfalls are the electronics and the construction - but honestly, sitting right next to this guitar was a Taylor 314ce. I could not afford it that day but I still wouldn't have picked it over this one. It made the Taylor sound like a toy, and Taylors are fine, fine guitars. For this reason I knew I found a special guitar. My advice? Try several in person to find "that one". You'll know because you won't leave the store without it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin DX1AE, the Martin sound

By Dean

from Elma, NY

Pros

  • Martin Sound
  • price

Cons

  • Hpl Instead Of Wood

Best Uses

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Purists will hate this. I have a Takamine GD51CE that satisfies the wood purist in me. Every Martin I played had this sound. Even this guitar with HPL and other non wood materials has the Martin sound. I love the booming bass from this guitar.

    My only beef would be that the neck was dead flat and needed a truss rod adjustment. To reach the truss rod you need a 5mm allen wrench that is about 4 1/2 - 5 inches long. Martin doesn't provide one, nor do they sell it. They don't want people adjusting their own guitars and prefer you take it to a luthier. So I had to grab a set of long allen wrenches. Not a big deal, but once you start capo'ing it the buzz was noticeable and needed a slight tweak to loosen the rod. I have seen many reviews where people complain about the buzz, and I have a feeling this is why, they ship the guitar with the neck dead straight.

    I picked this up at a local shop. Action was 2/32 out of the box, absolutely incredible sound and feel. The pickup has dials inside the sound hole with a battery bag inside. Its not a fancy pickup with EQ and tuner like my other guitar but it allows you to plug in and it's a Fishman Sonitone not some knock off junk one.

    Overall I love the way it sounds and I finally own a Martin that was affordable.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin Quality Amazing Price

    By Jam banger

    from New York

    Pros

    • Balanced Tone
    • deep lows
    • Smooth Fretting
    • Solid feel

    Cons

    • Hpl Sounds Good
    • Not All Real Wood

    Best Uses

    • Finger Picking
    • Recording
    • Song writing
    • Strumming

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I played this guitar and several other much more expensive Martins and I can honestly say I'm extremely impressed. No it's not all real wood but the difference between the more expensive ones and this gem is so minimal that I feel like I got a 1k plus guitar. I don't mind the lack of inlays and think it gives character to the guitar. Great Martin quality at decent price.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!!!

    By Waydown

    from Naperville, Il

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    Pros

    • Great price
    • Great sound

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Good All Around Acoustic

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Guitars are all about the persons taste in sound and feel of playing. I played quite a few other Martin guitars that were a lot more expensive and i liked the sound of this one the best. Bonus because it is the cheapest guitar Martin makes.
    I play it every day and always will.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martin acoustic-electric Guiitar

    By George

    from Monroe Twp, NJ

    Pros

    • Efficient
    • Pricing
    • Timely

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Feel And Handling
    • Play For My Own Fun
    • Sound Quality Excellent

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I love the guitar. Sounds great either acousticly and electrically. The sound and feel are superior. The price is affordable and the quality is top notch. Personnel were both professional and knowledgable. I would recommend both the guitar and musicians friend to everyone looking for instruments.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds so good!

    Pros

    • Easy on the fingers
    • Great tone
    • Lightweight
    • Rich tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is beautiful and plays excellent right out of the box! It has held its tune for 3 days without tuning and the sound quality is superior to the other two acoustic guitars I have in my house.
        I would recommend this guitar to all of my musician friends.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        hear it to believe it! fine martin. ...

        By BVG55

        from Bristol Tn.

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I heard allot of pros and cons to this guitar. I personally have found no cons for this price. The quality, regardless of materials used. Is unmatched. People think because it made in Mexico it's like, unholy or something. Martin still oversees quality. What's the difference of it being made in America, by diverse ethnic groups. Get over it people, martin quality, or it wouldn't have MARTIN on it. Love it!
        Oh and the sound, wow! And that's the bottom line.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (4 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Overpriced for a Mexican Martin!

        By Radrockwriter21

        from Home-Sarasota, FL, Work- NYC & LA.

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I own a 1953 Martin D-28 & a 1981 HD-35. These are MARTINS!
        I needed a 12 string and I was gifted the Martin D12X1AE for Christmas.
        It is the same X series as this X1-DE Custom, which is not bad for the price.
        Good wood, decent construction, aside from all the HPL, and the complete guitar in "Satin finish" it has fair to good action, and sound. It is Not a
        "Martin, Martin!" It is a Mexican Martin. However, all things considered, for the price, it is worth it. But, it shouldn't have the same Martin logo, and headstock as those from Nazareth, PA. Nazareth Martins leave the factory with an unmistakable "Soul" that is close to the other Soul that came from Nazareth, Israel. But, remember, I am a professional guitarist, with BMI, but for a beginner, or novice, it is a great way to break your fingers in, and if you don't make the grade, you haven't wasted a large chunk of dough.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for the money.

        By CWS

        from Oklahoma City, OK

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        Pros

        • Plays Like A Martin
        • Sounds Decent Plugged In
        • Sounds Nice Acoustically
        • Well built

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Live performance
        • Practice
        • Travel

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I do a lot of shows out of state in the summer and I hate to travel with my expensive Martin and Gibson, so I needed something of decent quality that was less expensive. This little guitar sounds surprisingly good for the money (of course it can't compare to my HD28 or my Dove).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        OK, this was a surprise for the price...

        By Bill H

        from San Jose, CA

        Pros

        • Excellent Playability
        • Fast Shipping
        • Great tone

        Cons

        • None at this price

        Best Uses

        • An Excellent Starter
        • Cheap Enough To Be
        • Quality Enough To Be
        • Used Professionally

        Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Guitar shipped quickly. We opened the box to find the guitar totally in tune and ready to play! Wonderful warm tone. Looking at the back and sides up close (very close) it's slightly "plastic-y", but NO complaints about that for the price point - looks nice from the front, especially from more than 2 or 3 feet away, so I wouldn't be ashamed of it in a professional setting - sounds and plays great, so why not? If it gets damaged or stolen at a gig, just order another one - you haven't risked an expensive instrument to the perils of gigging, and still enjoyed the playing experience of a quality instrument. I'm more impressed than I thought I'd be, even after reading the very positive reviews that convinced me to get this in the first place.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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