Martin D-X2E Acoustic-Electric Guitar, 12-String (with Gig Bag)
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Martin D-X2E Acoustic-Electric Guitar, 12-String (with Gig Bag)

Great for characterful solos or big, thick chords, the Martin D-X2E dreadnought 12-string acoustic-electric guitar is easy to play and ready to travel.

Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Solid Spruce soundboard, Mahogany pattern HPL back and sides with a textured finish.
The DX1 dreadnought acoustic blends the tonal character and volume of a Solid Spruce soundboard with the consistency, durability and reflectivity of a Mahogany pattern HPL back and sides with a textured finish. The result is a startlingly loud and projective sound at a softer, more comfortable price! Other features include a hand-rubbed finish top, a comfortable Low Oval neck shape, and 1-11/16 in. nut width.

Martin Guitar has long recognized the serious nature of the earth's dwindling resources and has focused attention on alternative materials. At Martin they're committed to making Martin guitars that are within reach of every aspiring guitarist.

Martin's breakthrough 'X-Series' features guitars that are constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, called HPL) and traditional tonewoods. They've found HPL to be an extremely durable and workable material. Martin has crafted ways to build traditional Martin shapes with HPL that yield incredibly long-lasting, affordable guitars. What's more, they've managed to build them so they possess the "famous" Martin sound and playability found in their more expensive guitars.
Specifications

CONSTRUCTION: Mortoise/Tenon Neck Joint

BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret

TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce

ROSETTE: Inlaid Boltaron w/ Red Fiber/ Multiple Black/White/Black

TOP BRACING PATTERN: D1 (A-Frame)

TOP BRACES: 1 Style/Non-Scalloped

BACK MATERIAL: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish

SIDE MATERIAL: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish

NECK MATERIAL: Rust Stratabond(TM)

NECK SHAPE: Modified Low Oval

NUT MATERIAL: White Corian(TM)

HEADSTOCK: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper

HEADPLATE: Mahogany Pattern HPL w/Printed Logo

HEELCAP: none

FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Black Micarta(TM)

SCALE LENGTH: 25.4 in.

NUMBER OF FRETS CLEAR: 14

NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL: 20

FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1-11/16 in.

FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2-1/8 in.

FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: none

FINGERBOARD BINDING: none

FINISH BACK & SIDES: none

FINISH TOP: Hand Rubbed Finish

FINISH NECK: none

BRIDGE MATERIAL: Black Micarta(TM)

BRIDGE STYLE: 1 Style Belly

BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2-1/8 in.

SADDLE: 16 in. Radius/Compensated/White Micarta(TM)

TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/Small Knobs

RECOMMENDED STRINGS: MSP+ 4100 Coated Light Phosphor Bronze

BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/Black Dots

PICKGUARD: I-01 Tortoise Color

INTERIOR LABEL: Foil Label - DX1 Solid Spruce Top
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 610-759-2837
(96 ratings)
Submitted April 22, 2006 by a customer from ntown.net
"WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?"
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No, this guitar is not GOD. But if you're a working stiff like me, and you dollars are few and precious, you just couldn't do any better than the DX-1. Sound...great. Appearance...great. Quality of workmanship...DUH! IT'S A MARTIN. Would I buy it again...absolutely. In a day and age when shoddy workmanship is the norm and reverence for traditional values is almost non-existant, Martin and Co. is to be commended for their dedication to quality and earth-friendly products.

Sound
Having acquired a number of instruments, I knew my collection would not be complete without Martin guitar. When I stumbled upon a mint condition DX-1 in a high quality hard-shell case at a pawn shop for $350 I was amazed. When I picked it up and played a few bars I went from amazed to awestruck. Purists might have a hard time wrapping their head around a Martin guitar with composite sides, back, neck and head, but if you close your eyes and listen objectively, there's no mistaking the Martin sound!

Features
I've played since the mid-60's and have always loved the sound of a great acoustic guitar. As this one-time coffee house player grew older he also became a bit of a technology geek. Hence, my complete acceptance of the evolution of Martin guitars to include composite materials. When you think about the consistency that can be obtained with "man-made" materials, it makes sense that a properly designed guitar would benefit from materials that were predictable in their response read more and form.

Ease of Use
Most of my work nowadays is in my studio. The DX-1 shines whether I'm pointing a mike at it or feeding the signal through a Dean Markley pickup. The action was a tad high for my tastes, but completely playable. I'll have my friendly local luthier fine tune the set-up and I'm sure this will become my favorite acoustic guitar. I seldom have to do much EQing as the DX-1 has a balanced tone from top to bottom. The bottom end rocks without crossing into the "THUMP ZONE".

Quality
While some Martin fans of old have had issues with some of the newer Martin offerings, the DX-1 is a seminal moment in the history of a great guitar manufacturer. Well made, with composite materials making a contribution to a more eco-friendly manufacturing ethic, the DX-1 is a well-made instrument priced within reach of most serious musicians. If you can find a better sounding, better made instrument in the $500 range in which the DX-1 sems to sell...BUY IT! (I'm betting your search is in vain!)

Value
Having haunted countless music stores and sampled endless guitars, I can't bring to mind another instrument which gave as much bang for the buck as the DX-!. But don't take my word for it. Go to your local guitar shop and put the DX-1 up against guitars costing twice, or even three times, as much, and see what I mean.

Manufacturer Support
I can't rate service and that's a good thing, because I haven't had any problems with the instrument. When I see a review with raves about service I always wonder why the user needed service to begin with, don't you?

The Wow Factor
A subtle, unassuming guitar which reeks of class. No bells, no whistles, just that unmistakeable Martin look which carries over a hundred years of authenticity. What more could you ask for?

Musical Background:
Player, performer, producer since 1967

Musical Style:
Acoustic rock
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