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Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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Quality and affordability meet in this solid-top Martin.

The Martin X Series Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a D-14 platform and a Dreadnought body design that produces the rich, dynamic sound and look that Martin is known for. Pairing the solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany-grained high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides, the CSTDX-1 features a non-cutaway style body, sure to please any level of player. Case sold separately.

Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • Full dreadnought size
    Solid Sitka spruce top
    Mahogany HPL back and sides
    Rust stratabond neck with black richlite fingerboard
    Case sold separately

Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Specifications:

  • Model: DX1AE
    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''
    Number Of Frets Clear: 14
    Number 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 with Small Buttons
    Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
    Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
    Pickguard: Tortoise Color
    Interior Label: Foil Label

Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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  • Martin X Series Dreadnought

    As reviewed by RICHARD on 8/30/2014

    After spending decades as a "beginner" guitar player, I decided to get a little more serious about it. My old cheap 1980s department store guitar was limiting me as much as anything, so I decided to get a "step up" guitar. While I pretty much just play for me, I wanted something playable that I enjoyed hearing. I looked at a lot of guitars in the $250-$600 range. I tried dreadnoughts, OOOs, the GS mini, etc., from Yamaha, Taylor, Blueridge, Epiphone, Seagull... pretty much played the inventory. When I picked up the Martin DX-1 and strummed it, there was a richness of sound that kind of shook my soul. I considered the same version with the on-board electronics, but it was an additional $80 and I doubted I would use them anytime soon. If so, I understand that they can be installed for about $100, so I stayed with the simplicity f pure acoustics for now. I could talk about the HPL Stratabond, and solid sitka, etc., but that's just specs. To be honest, as a traditionalist, I was concerned about the synthetics in place of all solid woods that legacy instruments have. But in the end, I decided it was okay. I don't know why it sounds the way it does, don't really care. I just love the sound. There are no fret markers on the fretboard itself, but there are markers along the top. I haven't missed the front-facing markers a bit. No purfling, which is fine... I think too much decoration on an instrument makes it look pretentious anyway. The guitar is simple, but does not look cheap at all IMO, and I have had several unsolicited compliments on it. But acoustic guitars are about sound and playability, and the sound on this one really touched something in me. The richness of the sound is unmatched at this price point. Quite playable, intonation is dead on as you would expect. It comes, of course, with Martin strings which I find a little coarse feeling, so I am considering changing to some lighter, smoother ones (maybe Eddie Ball). But I want to have an extra set of the original strings on hand before I change in case it doesn't work out. If this is within your price range, you really ought to try this one before making a buying decision. Maybe it touches your soul, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • surprised

    As reviewed by bob on 9/15/2014

    when I opened the box I was a little surprised at the lack of detail on the edges, just kind of rounded over with a router. After tuning the surprise changed, those rounded edges make it great for playing. Very comfortable to hold. The sound and playability is amazing. I have a dozen guitars just to play for fun. I keep this one close by and will grab it first.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • The right guitar for me!

    As reviewed by Eddie on 8/29/2014

    My reason for choosing the Martin X1-D Custom was more for practical purposes than anything else. I currently travel to Colorado 5 or 6 times a year and I really don't like lugging around a guitar with me on airline flights. As much as I really wanted a rosewood Martin Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric, spending 4 times more for this purpose didn't make reasonable sense. The great news is, to me, the X1-D Custom dreadnaught style actually sounds better unplugged than the GPCPA4. Although when compared to the X1-DE (with built-in pickup), the GPCPA4 is far better when plugged in to a PA, which makes it a much better choice for stage performance. But stage performance is not what I will be using the X1-D Custom for. I tried pretty much every acoustic guitar in the room under $500 and nothing felt as easy to play or sounded as good as the X1-D Custom. It was better than many of the guitars over $500! The GC associate, Kris, was very helpful and understood what I was looking for and never tried to up-sell me. I believe the Martin X1-D Custom is an excellent entry level or casual use guitar. I suggest you give it a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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