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      Martin X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar (430669)
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Superior Martin craftsmanship, spectacular 12-string articulation, and cutting-edge Fishman technology, all at a steal.

This X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features patented high pressure laminate (HPL) mahogany 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.

Martin's X Series D12X1AE acoustic-electric guitar features the D-14 fret auditorium body design, producing full, robust sound. Pairing the solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany-pattern HPL back and sides, the D12X1AE belts out rich clarity with plenty of projection. The mortise and tennon neck joint ensures optimal tone resonating from the guitar, while virtually 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 guitar features proven Sonicore pick-up technology with the Fishman Sonitone system, including "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 12-string 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 D121AE 12-string 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 in making guitars. 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.

Martin X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • 12-String
    Spruce top
    Dreadnought body
    Fishman electronics
    Case sold separately


Martin X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 12-string guitar
    D-14 fret body design
    HPL back and sides
    Sitka spruce top
    25.4" scale
    Mortise & Tennon neck joint
    StrataBond neck wood
    Modified low oval neck shape
    20 frets (14 open)
    1-11/16" nut width
    16" radius
    Black Richlite bridge
    Fishman Sonitone pickup
    Controls: tone and volume (in soundhole)
    Chrome tuners
    Chrome hardware
    Satin finish


Martin X Series D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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  • Great Entry Level 12 String

    As reviewed by Dave on 11/27/2010

    I picked this up two weeks ago at my local GC. First off, this guitar sounds great, the action is real low and easy to play. Pickup sounds good plugged in and having the tone and volume knobs in the sound hole is pretty cool. The only thing missing when compared to other 12 strings at this level is a built in tuner, but sacrificing the tuner for a better playing and feeling guitar is a no brainer. Granted, this is a Mexican made, laminate sides and back guitar, but when comparing this to the other 12s around this price range, it sounded and felt head and shoulders above the others. If you are having reservations about which 12 string to buy, you won't disappointed if you go with the Martin X series 12.

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  • Rich, flowing sound for a great price!

    As reviewed by Shelton Fisher on 12/29/2010

    I originally was shoping for a Gibson and began to play several Martin guitars and came across this twelve string beauty. I had never played a twelve string before and as I strummed an E chord, the sound overtook me from just how amazing the quality was. This guitar has a sound that not only sounds great plugged into an amp, but also unplugged that is sure to please. For great sound at a steal of a price, this is the guitar for you!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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  • Greg

    As reviewed by Greg Betteridge on 12/9/2010

    I had wanted a 12 string for a while.Been playing acoustic for 30yrs but hadnt bought a guitar in at least 8yrs.I decided to go into Guitar Cntr to see the latest and greatest.I always go all the way back to the good stuff.I NEVER look at the $ until after ive played it a min or two because if you like it...whats the difference youre gonna get it anyway.. only really takes about 10 seconds or so ya know.I finally played the MartinXseries 12 string and immediately liked it...a lot.Very playable and sounded pretty good.I joked with the salesman "its only $600 whats wrong with it?"he laughed and explained how and where it was made.I bought it on the spot.I own a 1992Gibson J200 worth prob $3,000.I bought it cause i liked it.The same reason i bought this one.

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