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Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    The bold, beautiful sound of a Martin dreadnought, priced for anyone to own.

    Martin guitars from the X series feature patented high pressure laminate (HPL) 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.

    The 6-string Martin DX1AE acoustic-electric guitar features a D-14 platform, a dreadnought body design producing big, round sound. Pairing the Sitka spruce top with the mahogany-pattern HPL back and sides, the Martin DX1AE belts out rich clarity and plenty of projection. The mortise and tennon neck joint ensures solid construction of the instrument, with optimal resonant tone, while 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.

    The Martin DX1AE guitar features proven Sonicore pick-up technology with the Fishman Sonitone system featuring "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 acoustic electric guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin, 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.

    All Martin guitars from the X Series arrive 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 their guitars. At the same time, it's committed to building guitars of superior tone and playability that are affordable to every guitarist. The Martin DX1AE guitar from the X Series more than meets both of these criteria.

    Features
    • Body design: 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: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    • Side material: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    • Neck material: Rust Stratabond
    • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
    • Nut material: White Corian
    • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
    • Headplate: Mahogany Pattern HPL
    • Fingerboard material: Black Richlite
    • Scale length: 25.4''
    • # of frets clear: 14
    • # of frets total: 20
    • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
    • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
    • Finish top: Hand Rubbed Finish
    • Bridge material: Black Richlite
    • Bridge style: Belly
    • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
    • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
    • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with small buttons
    • Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Light Phosphor bronze (msp4100)
    • Bridge & end pins: White with black dots
    • Pickguard: Tortoise Color
    • Case: Sold separately
    • Interior label: Foil Label
     
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    MartinX Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    Wonderful Simplicity

    Been playing for over ten years. I spent the last year or so shopping around for a new acoustic after the neck warped on my old workhorse. Initially I only considered all solid wood...Read complete review

    Been playing for over ten years. I spent the last year or so shopping around for a new acoustic after the neck warped on my old workhorse. Initially I only considered all solid wood guitars, but this one caught my eye because of its durability. I was so surprised by how good it sounded.This guitar is extremely simple, which is something I prefer, but some don't. No fancy inlay or binding. The solid spruce top and HPL back and sides actually sound really good. The tone is very balanced, mellow, and smooth. This is not a "cannon" and does not have the metallic voice of some guitars (like Taylors). Plugged in it sounds very good too. The factory setup was very good; pretty low action and no buzzing at all. Intonation is spot on. The Stratabond neck and Richlite fretboard feel really good.I am glad I went ahead and picked this one up. I recommend giving it a shot if you get a chance. It's not for everyone, but what is? It has a lot going for it and the price is great.

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    Made in Mexico

    Great guitar for the dollars. But you are paying for the Martin made in Nazareth, PA name. The shipping box says it all. Made in Mexico.I am harping on this because I do...Read complete review

    Great guitar for the dollars. But you are paying for the Martin made in Nazareth, PA name. The shipping box says it all. Made in Mexico.I am harping on this because I do not want you to feel misled. Ramirez farms out it's student guitars but lets you know upfront.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I bought this guitar for tone & sound

    By Jay Jay

    from Granite City Illinois

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • no cons

    Best Uses

    • Making Good Sounds

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    IT' hard to say anything bad about this guitar,after all it's a MARTIN!!!

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound

    By Kelly Kurz

    from Erie, CO

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar has an amazing, full sound--very lively. It's a pleasure to play and you can't beat the price for this high quality guitar. I have yet to plug it in and play it, but it has plenty of volume without it!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I was impressed!

    By Ken Bradby

    from Virginia

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was in a guitar shop & tried this Martin out; when I asked the price, I wonder if my eyes bulged. Wrap it up! Very fine tone, and playability is so smooth. I'm surprised where it was made would ever be an issue, Martin quality is beyond reproach. Teat the finish with reasonable care!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this as my first "good" acoustic guitar. I have now owned it for two years, and it is an incredible instrument. It has that great rich and loud Martin sound, but for way less money. The action is perfect, and it's a joy to play. It looks great, and sounds even better. It blows all the other guitars in the price range out of the water. The built in pickup is superb, it sounds great plugged in. I love this guitar, and will keep it a long time. The only bad thing is that the top dents easily, but it's not that big a deal. The sides and back are laminate, but that doesn't effect it at all. I love the bonded neck, it's strong and beautiful. I would suggest this to anyone from a beginer to a pro.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Updated Review

    By ZCor27

    from New York

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Had this guitar for a few months now, played several live shows and it has absolutely shined every time. Playing through a Fishman Loudbox Mini 60W and it sings (the DX1AE has Fishman pickups, what a combo!). Only negative I've realized about this guitar is that it's EXTREMELY prone to denting/scuffing on the front (unfinished Sitka spruce top). You can honestly put a fingernail into the wood and mark it. But still, I absolutely NEVER plan on selling this guitar because it sounds better every time I pick it up. One of the fullest, richest tones I've ever come across in my 10+ years of playing, not to mention the price / features. The back and sides, however, are SUPER resilient and are almost dent proof (high-pressure laminate is ridiculously strong), so that's the compromise you make, I suppose. All in all, zero regrets with this purchase. Still can't find a better sounding guitar -- especially in the acoustic-electric category -- at this price range. Cheers.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blown Away

    By ZCor27

    from New York

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Say what you will about it being made outside the US but good luck finding a better sounding guitar with a bona fide reputation and higher quality craftsmanship/hardware at this price. Be sure to adjust the truss rod to suit your liking and you will reap the benefits of this guitar for years to come. Words cannot describe the playability, tone and beauty of this guitar -- not to mention when plugged in. You will not regret this purchase.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the $$

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Very well made instrument. Classic Martin sound, look and feel. Solid, quality construction. Full body really brings out well rounded bottom end tone, higher notes are sweet and clear. This is not an all solid wood guitar, the body is a laminate they call HPL with a solid spruce top. The fingerboard and bridge are richlite. It is factory built in Mexico not hand made in PA. (all of which Martin is upfront about and the packaging and interior label are quit clear) Which I take as a trade off for getting a true Martin sound for less that $500. Far above Pac-rim guitars in the same price range.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Wonderful Simplicity

    By ThreeEcho7

    from Northern Virginia

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    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Been playing for over ten years. I spent the last year or so shopping around for a new acoustic after the neck warped on my old workhorse. Initially I only considered all solid wood guitars, but this one caught my eye because of its durability. I was so surprised by how good it sounded.This guitar is extremely simple, which is something I prefer, but some don't. No fancy inlay or binding. The solid spruce top and HPL back and sides actually sound really good. The tone is very balanced, mellow, and smooth. This is not a "cannon" and does not have the metallic voice of some guitars (like Taylors). Plugged in it sounds very good too. The factory setup was very good; pretty low action and no buzzing at all. Intonation is spot on. The Stratabond neck and Richlite fretboard feel really good.I am glad I went ahead and picked this one up. I recommend giving it a shot if you get a chance. It's not for everyone, but what is? It has a lot going for it and the price is great.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Slam dunk, buy this guitar.

    By rickster1

    from Great Lakes State

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is a great guitar, it's my favorite Martin having owned several high end ones. Yes it's made in Mexico and has been for years but this is not a fly by night operation and the quality is really good, Martin good. They play easy, sound superb and there is nothing out there to compare it to.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Blows away everything else in it's price range

    By DRDTbone

    from Phoenix, AZ

    Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Features: Laminate back and sides, Sonitone electronics, not the most lavish features but they get the job doneQuality: The guitar came well put together, electronics work fine, plays great.Value: This is where this guitar really shines. For this price you won't find a guitar that sounds this great. Taylor Big Baby comes close, but it's smaller scale and this guitar really puts out a lot of sound on open chords which is where, I feel, it shines. The action came great from the factory, EXCELLENT value!Overall: Great guitar for the money, if you need an acoustic that'll plug in that you won't feel awful when you get it a little dirty, this is the one. Not a cadillac, but if you want some rare Peruvian Rosewood, you may want to put up a little more than five hundred.

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