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  • Full dreadnought
  • Rosewood body
  • Spruce top
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Indian rosewood laminate body, Sitka spruce top, Fishman electronics.

X Series Guitars 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 DX1RAE acoustic-electric guitar features a D-14 platform, a dreadnought body design producing big, round sound. Pairing the Sitka spruce top with the Indian rosewood-pattern HPL back and sides, the DX1RAE guitar belts out rich clarity and plenty of projection. The mortise and tennon neck joint ensures solid construction of the guitar, 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.

This X Series Martin acoustic 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 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 DX1RAE 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. 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

  • Full dreadnought
  • Rosewood body
  • Spruce top
  • Fishman electronics
  • Case sold separately
 

X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Model: DX1RAE
  • Neck construction: mortise and tenon neck joint
  • Body type: 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: Indian rosewood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Side material: Indian rosewood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Neck material: Natural Stratabond
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
  • Headplate: Indian rosewood 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
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
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MartinX Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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        4.0

        Great For the Money!

        Pros

        • Easy to play
        • Looks great
        • Sounds Great

        Cons

        • Projection

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Small gigs

        Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought a condition 1 and I am very pleased with the guitar. I have to mention, that to me, it is a very mellow dark sounding guitar. Which is perfect for me because, coming from a classical background, I play with my nails, so it take the "brightness" of that and mellows it out. However it does lack a bit of projection. Being a soft touch compiles this issue, but if need be, it does have a pick up.
        It played perfect out of the box, it was even in tune. Action was good and the frets were finished at the ends and no buzzing anywhere. Everywhere else the guitar has a good fit and finish. I could not find an issue anywhere.
        Being on a budget I am happy with my choice and it does fit nicely in the Musicians gear Dreadnought case (super slight movement if shaken).

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        5.0

        Magnificent!

        By Robbie

        from Mineral Bluf, GA

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        Pros

        • Great sound
        • Great Value

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Learning
        • Practice

        Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        For the money, Martin has made a great value in this guitar. Despite the fact that this guitar is made in Mexico, the Martin quality and sound remains! Straight out of the very well packed box, the guitar sounds wonderful. You cannot beat the price. I am glad I got past the "made in Mexico" thing, and bought this guitar. It's a keeper!

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        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        love this guitar try one

        By doug

        from tupelo ms

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Church Gigging And Anythi

            Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            bought at local store but me and my bass player went to guitar center at memphis tn i had a pocket full of money and was going to buy a more expensive guitar i ask if i could compare my martin to other guitars they had they let me so with tuner and my guitar in hand we tuned every guitar one at a time and i played strumed cord progressions because i sing and play rhythm compared to d28 d18 all taylors gibson j35 j45 and what i thought i wanted a hummingbird. we were blowned away that my dx1rea sounded and corded better than anything we tried.i have light guage elixers nano web strings.guess i found a good one but the next thing to mine was martin dx1 ooo bodied guitar.i know these arent the beauty of these other other high priced guitars but if great tone is what you want instead of beauty try one of these type of guitars i came home with mine with money in my pocket and a biigg smile on my face.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fabulous Martin Tone, Incredible Value

            By Guitarman 15596

            from Virginia

            Pros

            • Playability

            Cons

            • Naked Spruce Top

            Best Uses

            • Strumming

            Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This beauty offers all the classic Martin characteristics, gorgeous high tones and playability in an amazingly affordable package. Granted the spruce top is plain and raw, and the laminate does not have that natural Mahogany feel or smell, but the naked and electric tone on this guitar are top shelf great. I have a Gibson Hummingbird and love its deep, rich full bodied tone and Gibson construction, but this Martin gave me a solid affordable complement to my acoustic guitar collection. I struggled with putting out another $2600 for an HD-28, but this beauty has satisfied my search for Martin tone and the Martin logo.

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            • No

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What an awesome guitar!!

            By Rsfanforever

            from Huntington, WV

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Guitar Great Tone

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Playing it

            Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            What an awesome guitar! I just couldn't believe how great it sounded, awesome tone, it rivals my HD28, honestly, hard to believe but it does. When I bought this guitar I wasn't expecting near the guitar I got and does it ever have that great Martin tone. I would buy another tomorrow if something happened to it. If I could only afford one guitar, this would definitely be it. Great!!!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow!

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                  Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar looks and sounds great! I have been very impressed with it overall! This guitar is already a favorite and I have only had it 3 weeks!

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                  5.0

                  Great value for the money

                  By mmagoo

                  from Rome Ga

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      As usual MF delivered right on time. This guitar sounds great . The factory set up was not very good but after the guitar was set up to my liking it is now my main instrument.Plays great, sounds great, with great electronics. For the money I can't imagine buying a finer guitar.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Martin DX1RAE

                      By monkeecrap

                      from Ridgewood, NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordability
                      • Fit and finish
                      • Low action
                      • Playability
                      • Tone

                      Cons

                      • Laminate Sides And Back
                      • Packed Badly For Shipping

                      Best Uses

                      • Affordable Martin
                      • First Acoustic

                      Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar plays better than most acoustic guitars I've played and sounds better too. The low string action was the biggest selling point for me. It is much easier to play fast and more precisely on this guitar than another with high action. For the materials used on the sides and back, it has a surprisingly good tone. The spruce top was also aesthetically perfect. For the overall quality of the guitar, it is selling WAY below its true value. Only complaints would be the way that it is shipped (packed in a cardboard box with one thin sheet of bubble wrap around it) and the laminate sides and back (which reduce resale value considerably). Other than that I love this guitar, it is great for beginners and experienced players.

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                      • No

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Just An Awesome Guitar

                      By mg66

                      from Illinois

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful tone
                      • Easy playability
                      • Great bang for the buck
                      • Stays in tune
                      • Well Made

                      Cons

                      • Not a darn thing

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practice
                      • Venues And Gigs

                      Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I didnt buy this from MF but from my local music store and it was damaged in shipping with a small ding on the top that you cant even see unless really looking so I got it for a bargain of just over $400. I just couldn't say no.

                      The first thing I noticed is the ease of playability. It is so easy to play compared to my other acoustics.

                      It stays in tune for weeks at a time with very little tuning required, if any at all.

                      Construction is excellent.

                      I love the soft, deep, mellow tone it has with the standard SP7100 strings. Cant see ever needing to try different strings.

                      Unplugged or plugged the sound is beautiful. Plugged, I use a Rogue G-10 Combo Amp I actually bought from MF for my Epi LP Studio LE but the DX1 sounds truly awesome through it. The sound controls are in the sound hole which makes for a cleaner outside and changing the battery is easier done when changing strings however I have read people just loosening them to get to the battery which shouldn't be too often with Martin saying you should get around 100 hours from a battery but I have not verified this.

                      This really does sound and play like a vastly more expensive guitar and the MF price makes for excellent value and a great bang for the buck. I honestly cant think of any cons for this Martin. I am sure I will enjoy playing this guitar for many, many years to come. If I ever do replace it, it will definitely be another Martin.

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                      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Unbelievable Value

                      Comments about Martin X Series DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I just got my Martin DX1RAE from Musicians Friend. Excellent service BTW. This guitar is crazy good. When they say it looks and sounds like a more expensive guitar, they ain't just a whistlin dixie. This thing is pure Martin all the way. The workmanship is top notch. You can feel the quality when you hold it...just like the expensive ones. The black Richlite fingerboard and bridge looks identical to ebony and is very smooth to play on. The dang thing holds tune very well and fingers like a dream. I have nothing but praise for this model. It even SMELLS like a high end Martin! Forget the laminated back and sides, the sound comes from its solid Sitka spruce top. I've played High end Martins and this one is NO dissapointment. For this price? A no brainer folks.

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