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Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides Natural Solid Sitka Spruce Top (Used)

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Excellent value with a solid spruce top and Fishman electronics.

Martin combines over 180 years of old-world craftsmanship with new technologies to create this amazing instrument. 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

Join the club without paying the heavy dues. Order today.

 

X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides Specifications:

  • 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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MartinX1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        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 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

        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).

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        (1 of 1 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 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

            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.

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            (5 of 5 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 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

            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.

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            (5 of 5 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 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

              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.

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              (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Even better than my first

              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 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really Nice sting flute for under

              Pros

              • great bargain
              • Martin
              • Sounds Great
              • Sweet Little Drad

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

                  Fit, finish, sound, packaging, shipping time, Musicians Friend does a great job

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                  5.0

                  Sounds so good for the money very nice

                  Pros

                  • Came Ready To Play
                  • Easy To Fret
                  • Nice feel
                  • Sounds Amazing For The S

                  Cons

                  • Finish Is Plain
                  • Nothing Else To Say

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

                    A Martin shipped to my door all setup and ready to play, frets and sounds nice for tlhe money. Hard to find deal. Its not a show beauty but hey its still all good

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    best martin I have ever played

                    By fiddler

                    from sky valley ga

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

                    great sound

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very good guitar

                    By David

                    from Portugal

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

                        Very playable and affordable too! With a usual Martin quality signature!

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                        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By BR549

                        from Oneonta, Al

                        Pros

                        • Easy on the fingers
                        • Great price
                        • Quality sound
                        • Sounds As Good As Gibson

                        Cons

                        • Little Heavier Than Rest

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides:

                          Martin quailty. First one I have owned really worth it.

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