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Martin DX1AE X Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Get that rich, dynamic Martin sound for an affordable price -- courtesy of this acoustic-electric's solid Sitka spruce top and Fishman Sonitone electronics. (15) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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The Martin DX1AE acoustic-electric guitar is a solid-top dreadnought with excellent Fishman Sonitone electronics built right in, and a low oval neck shape -- found by many players to be more comfortable for more chordal styles of playing. The fit and finish are as elegant as any of Martin's other fine guitars, and the DX1AE comes in at a lower price than many of Martin's other models, without sacrificing quality.

A Nod to the Legendary D-14

The body follows the shape of Martin's famous D-14 with a solid sitka spruce top and laminate sides with a rosewood finish. The rust-colored Stratabond neck is shaped in a comfortable "low oval" shape that many players agree accommodates complex chordal playing more comfortably. It is set in the body with a mortise-and-tenon neck joint that imparts serious sustain and solidity of construction that you can really feel in your hands. The sound of the guitar is strong and clear, offering a bright top voice with lots of snap.

The neck measures out with a scale length of 25.4 inches, with 14 clear frets and 20 total. The fingerboard measures 1-11/16 inches at the nut and 2-1/8 inches at the 12th fret. The fingerboard is black Richlite, with a great feel and grip.

Hardware Feels Rock-Solid

The tuning machines up top are high-quality chrome in an enclosed design with small buttons. The DX1AE's saddle is a 16-inch radius compensated size in white Tusq. An elegant black and white boltaron rosette with red fiber accents the soundhole. The pickguard comes in a classic tortoise color.

Top-Shelf Electronics Built Right In!

The pre-installed Fishman Sonitone Onboard Preamp System features a soundhole-mounted preamp and gives you rotary controls to adjust Volume and Tone. Fishman's electronics are specially matched to the bright singing tone of this guitar, allowing you to "plug and play" immediately with whatever amplifier or house PA is at hand, for clear and faithful reproduction of the DX1AE's bright tone.

Features:

- Martin build quality for an affordable price
- Dreadnought body
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Low oval neck shape
- Mortise and tenon neck joint
- Fishman Sonitone electronics zZounds is an authorized dealer of Martin products.
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: 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
Back Purfling: None
Side Material: Mahogany Pattern Hpl Textured Finish
Endpiece: None
Endpiece Inlay: None
Binding: None
Top Inlay Style: None
Side Inlay: None
Back Inlay: None
Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
Headplate: Mahogany Pattern Hpl
Heelcap: None
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''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: None
Fingerboard Binding: None
Finish Back & Sides: None
Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Finish
Finish Neck: None
Bridge Material: Black Richlite
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed W/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Light Phosphor Bronze (Msp4100)
Bridge & End Pins: White W/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color
Interior Label: Foil Label
Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 46 x 18 x 6 in
Martin Warranty Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty. If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

The Martin DX1AE acoustic electric guitar is a solid top guitar with professional electronics at an incredible price! Featuring the D-14 dreadnought style body that Martin is known for, great Fishman electronics, and a solid sitka spruce top the DX1AE is sure to please any level of player. The mortise and tennon neck joint gives the guitar solid construction and allows the neck and body to resonate as one which gives great dynamics and a nice full sound.

Features

- Super popular D-14 dreadnought body
- Mortise and tennon neck joint ensures solid construction and rich tone
- Solid sitka spruce top gives great tone and will only get better with time
- Fishman Sonitone electronics produces an accurate sound for plugging in to an amp or PA
- Low oval neck shape makes for easy chord changes and soloing

The DX1AE is for guitarists who need an instrument with a solid top and professional electronics at a great price, if that is you then look no further!
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "You absolutly cannot beat this Martin for the money, NO WAY!!!!"
Sound: I do not think you can buy a better sounding guitar for anywhere near the price of this Martin. Also, the minute you pick it up , the feeling is like no other guitar I know of, solid to the core. Plays great, good action, clear crisp, Martin sound with plenty of projection. As much as I like the looks of the Epiphone EJ 200 for example or the Epiphone John Lennon guitar, or some of the Takamines, they are so dull sounding compared to the Martin. The only other guitar under $2,000 thats as good is another Martin or many of the Guilds. The Guilds have a different sound and feel but very high quality and all solid woods. I play this guitar thru a Fender Acoustasonic Jr DSP and its fantastic. Feature: I purchased a Martin 640 case to go with the guitar. This Martin as most Martins is not flashy and is low on "extras" like inlays, bone nut and saddle etc. I did add bone bridge pins which I highly recommend. You can get them for anywhere between $25 to $100 and its well worth it. Adds even more to the already strong sound.I do miss the bridge inlays and markers. But honestly, unless someone really knows their guitars, it would be very difficult to tell this Martin from a $2,500 Martin. You have to go over $3,000 to get a different headstock that someone would really notice. Sound controls hidden in soundhole work better than having them outside in a clumsy black box drilled into the side of the guitar. The new Martin performing series this year has come out with flush rubber like dials on the outside of the guitar that also have tuning included that look great and fit right into the design of the guitar. Ease of Use: Plays great, feels awesome in your hands, action could be lower but this is not a $2,000 + guitar either. I've been playing all my life and I'm in my fifties and this guitar is excellent for a beginner or a seasoned pro. I use it to back up my Guild but I have recorded with it as well, its that good. Quality: Very well made. We will see how the HPL sides and back hold up but comparing it to other guitars in the price range you do not see any sloppy workmanship like excess glue, pieces not fitting togerth perfectly etc, seems very well designed and made. Value: Again, you cannot find a quality brand new guitar like this without spending at least double or triple. Manufacturer Support: Not had any problems or reasons to call. They have been good about notifying me of Martin events and special deals etc. The Wow Factor: Not sexy but you feel like you are driving a rolls royce not a yugo Overall: As long as it holds up, I will enjoy this guitar.
Style of Music: Praise & Worship
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Sound: O.K., I gave it a nine. It's not a 4,000 to 10,000 dollar insturment made of Brazillian Rosewood! What this guitar does do however is give you real value for your money. It's a real pleasure to say something nice about this guitar! First of all you should know I'm a beginner. I've been playing since April. As a beginner I started with several low end guitars before I sat down and played this Martin. The cool thing about finding the right guitar is that the right one for you will sing to you personally as you play it. And this guitar did just that! Is it worth it? You bet! In my way of thinking you should buy a guitar that you will aspire to be worthy of enventually. When you do that it makes you want to be better. It's true that you could spend less, or more for a guitar but why bother until you are good enough to get paid for playing? If you are looking for an excellent well balanced tone, an easy neck and an insturment that stays in tune it's worth the extra cash to really get value recieved. Nuff said! Feature: Nope. For $500.00 bucks you get the guitar. But after you strum it for awhile you won't mind at all. In fact you will easily fork over the money for a good case to protect it. A Martin, regardless of the price, sells itself. Ease of Use: You'd think that HPL, or high pressure laminate back and sides, means settling for a cheap sound. But with this guitar you would be wrong. The tone is wonderful and will only get better with age! Thatís attention to detail in the Luthierís art. Making a really good guitar means attention to the elements that make up its design and construction and this is where Martin excels. Quality: Everything about a Martin is excellent! When you buy one you are buying an American icon and that's true no matter if it's made in Martin's US factory in Pennsylvania, or the one in Mexico. Chris Martin IV, just like his fore barriers, understands that the companyís reputation rides on every instrument that leaves the factory. Itís been that way since 1833 and itís still true today. Value: Like I mentioned earlier, you are buying more then just a guitar, you are buying a classic American icon. Just like a Harley, or Corvette. You will enjoy playing this guitar every time you pick it up. And everytime you pick it up you will get value received. Manufacturer Support: They are there when you need them. If there was a problem they will help you solve it. The Wow Factor: You are going down a road that can be financially dangerous. In the end; you will, if you keep playing, have a small room filled with guitars that are your best friends. Each has its own wonderful voice and each provides a sound you crave depending style of music you play. That's the professional view. If playing casually is what you want to do, then you will only have one good guitar that you bought that grew to be your best friend. Doesn't it make sense to go an extra mile for an instrument that will always go an extra mile for you? Overall: If I had children they would be fighting over this guitar after I've gone the way of the dodo bird. It rewards anyone who picks it up to play it.
Style of Music: Pop acustical
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