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

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Overview
  • 12-String
  • Spruce top
  • Dreadnought body
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    $849.00
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    - $200.00
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    $64900
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Superior Martin craftsmanship, spectacular 12-string articulation, and cutting-edge Fishman technology, all at a steal.

This X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features patented high pressure laminate (HPL) mahogany back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professionally installed Fishman electronics. The result: great-sounding, great-playing guitars, that are environmentally friendly, and priced to fly out the door. This is one of Martin's best values ever. The X Series affirms Martin's commitment to providing an affordable and competitive option to players dedicated to live performance.

Martin's X Series D12X1AE acoustic-electric guitar features the D-14 fret auditorium body design, producing full, robust sound. Pairing the solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany-pattern HPL back and sides, the D12X1AE belts out rich clarity with plenty of projection. The mortise and tennon neck joint ensures optimal tone resonating from the guitar, while virtually eliminating drop-off in the finer dynamics.

The Martin guitar's stratabond neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of wood under extremely high pressure. The material is then carved and finished in a conventional manner. The end result is a very strong neck that provides definition and articulate sustain from note to note.

The modified low oval neck shape, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, and 16" radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard.

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—just 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.

Case sold separately.

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

Couldn't afford a Martin guitar in the past? Now you can. Order now.

 

X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar 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 D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Martin D12X1AE Is Amazing

        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...Read complete review

        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.

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        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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        5.0

        GREAT MARTIN QUALITY GREAT PRICE

        By TEKETRONIX

        from MIDWEST

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

              Definite upgrade to my arsenal.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Mexico

              By Lencho

              from Las Cruces

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                    Comments about Martin X Series 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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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Buy, Great Guitar!

                    By Golf'n'guitars

                    from Decatur, Alabama

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent tone
                    • Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Martin X Series 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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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Shimmering 12 string

                      By Derfquake

                      from Lakewood,Ohio

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                            Comments about Martin X Series 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.

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                            (1 of 1 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 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.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              None better for the price

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Martin X Series 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.

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                                  (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Sounds & plays good, looks like junk

                                  By GTARZAN

                                  from Phoenix, AZ

                                  Comments about Martin X Series 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.

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                                  (3 of 3 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 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.

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                                      (3 of 5 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 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.

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