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Martin XC1T Ellipse Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The Martin XC1T Ellipse Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a durable, high-pressure laminate body design, which delivers robust guitar tone. The solid Sitk...Click To Read More About This Product
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Robust acoustic tone, a unique look and advanced electronics.
The Martin XC1T Ellipse Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a durable, high-pressure laminate body design, which delivers robust guitar tone. The solid Sitka spruce top, and tawny satinwood sides and back contribute to the tone while producing a unique look.
Made of rosewood, maple, and koa, the wooden rosette adds an elegant touch to the top. The low-profile oval-shaped neck with soft cutaway is incredibly easy to play.
A Fishman Ellipse Blend system combines signals from an internally mounted microphone with an undersaddle transducer. Discrete controls (volume, mic/pickup blend, phase) are mounted inside the soundhole for easy access.
Construction: Mortise/tenon neck joint
Body size: 000 14-fret cutaway
Top: Solid Sitka spruce
Rosette: East Indian rosewood, maple, and koa pattern
Top bracing pattern: A-frame X
Top braces: Solid spruce (5/16")
Top finish: Hand-rubbed finish
Back material: Tawny satinwood HPL textured finish
Side material: Tawny satinwood HPL textured finish
Neck Material: Natural Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified low oval
Nut Material: Black Corian
Headstock: Solid/square taper
Headplate: Tawny satinwood HPL with printed logo in black
Scale length: 25.4"
Fingerboard material: Solid striped ebony
Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16"
Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8"
Fingerboard position inlays: None
Number of frets clear: 14
Number of frets total: 20
Bridge material: Solid striped ebony
Bridge style: Belly
Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8"
Saddle: 16" radius (Compensated/Black Tusq)
Tuning machines: Gotoh cosmo black
Recommended Strings: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
Bridge and End Pins: Black with abalone pearl dots
Case: 000 Zero Gravity
Interior Label: Paper label Designed By Cyndi Fritz with WAM Group Approval
Electronics: Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend
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after playing an epi j160e for the last couple of years, i was looking for something with a pure acoustic tone when plugged in. i stumble on this martin when i was actually looking at taylors. i liked the way it felt and sounded great unplugged. then i plugged in and was amazed! the ellipse is a fantastic little piece of technology. with the condenser mic, the saddle pick-up and the phase switch, you can really dial in the perfect acoustic sound. i really like the shorter scale and smaller body style, it makes it very comfortable to play. the action was a little high, but that was an easy fix. the only thing i don't like (and it is a minor issue) is the battery pack is in a velcro pouch that sticks to the front of the guitar. it came loose on me once right before i was scheduled to play and was hard to put back in a hurry (i had to loosen three strings to get my hand in there). like i said, a small issue, but for the features and the price i can deal with it. it's my first martin and they've made a believer out of me.
I have been playing guitar for about 40 years now and have owned over 150 guitars in my life time and currently have about 60 in my stable so younger players here some advice road test some less expensive guitars against those high $$ one?s and let your ears tell you not the price tag you?ll be amazed at the results I did a test at local store and found that the less expensive won out most of the time so here?s the deal with Martin XC1TELLIPSE it?s true colors come out when plug in (let?s face it how many of us just play unplugged at a gig)
At age 49 (two years ago), I started playing a cheap mandolin. After a year I bought a nice one and discovered the difference between playing! So when it came time to play the guitar, I started looking at low end Martins and Taylors and higher end stuff that you typically see at your local guitar shop ($300-$800). My ear kept drawing me back to the Martins and Taylors. I literally stumbled across the Martin XC1T and was instantly struck by its beauty, design, ease of play, and SOUND. I must say that I am a fan of Taylors and generally find the ?Martin boom? too boomy. This is beauty-FULL sounding without being boomy. And it includes the Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend ($200+ value). If you are at all interested in plugging in, this is a great value. It has a slide for you decide whether you want a mic picking up the sound or the under saddle pickup, or any ?blend? in between! I gave the quality as a 4.5 because of the man-made materials (except Sitka spruce top). I love playing it.