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Martin X1-D12E Custom Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides
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      Martin X1-D12E Custom Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides (H83042)
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Superior Martin craftsmanship, spectacular 12-string articulation, and cutting-edge Fishman technology.

Martin combines over 180 years of old-world craftsmanship with new technologies to create this amazing instrument. It features a solid spruce top with a customized rosette, and a back and sides made from a durable," forest friendly" HPL material. The strong Stratabond neck and robust Richlight fingerboard are combined to deliver a fast, even playability all across the neck. Equipped with a reliable Fishman electronics, and your ready to plug into any amp or mixing board. The custom X1-D12E has the sound and feel of a highly collectible Martin, but at a price that anyone can afford.

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Martin X1-D12E Custom Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides Features:

  • Type/Shape 12-string dreadnought
    Top: Solid Spruce Top
    Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame "X-1"
    Top Braces: Solid Spruce 5/16"
    Finish Top: Hand Rubbed
    Back and Sides: Durable Forest-Friendly Mahogany Patterned HPL
    Neck: Stratabond
    Neck Shape: Modified low oval
    Headplate: Mahogany-patterned HPL with printed logo
    Fingerboard: Black Richlite
    Scale length 25.4"
    Number of frets 20
    Bridge: Black Micarta
    Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
    Strings: Martin MSP7100 Lifespan 92/80 Phosphor Bronze Strings
    Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
    Case sold separately




Martin X1-D12E Custom Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Solid Spruce Top HPL Back & Sides

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  • Try more than one

    As reviewed by Ailean Mac Andaroch on 5/22/2013

    I have been playing 12 string guitars since 1966 and owned several over the years. When it was time for a new one again I went looking at everything they had in two Guitar Center stores. I tried the Taylors - no bass. I tried a couple others - no treble. I tried one of these Martins at one store and it sounded "mushy," so when I saw it also at another GC store I was passing it up and tried other things there. That would have been a mistake! Just for laughs, I tried it again. This same model had all the clarity and 12 string sound as some of my very best costing 4-5 times as much. The action and everything about it just fit right. I know this is the bottom line Martin, but try one - or better a couple of them as there seems to be variations in them and at least one of them was GREAT (but it's mine!).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great sound for a modest price.

    As reviewed by Daniel Koch on 4/10/2014

    I stopped in Guitar Center in Mesa, AZ to check out the acoustic room. Someone was playing the Martin X1-D12E and I was impressed by the tone so I just asked him if I could listen to him play for a while. It didn't take me long to buy one. I play a lot of Beatles and Eagles and had thought of getting a 12 string, just didn't want to invest a bunch as I also play a J-35 Gibson and Les Paul. My main concerns from listening to other 12 players was the 12 strings going out of tune easily. My experience after 3 weeks playing it almost every day is very different. I can leave it in the case for a couple days, pick it back up and it requires very little attention, most strings stay perfectly in tune. I suspect the laminated neck has a lot to do with that. The neck is a little larger than my J-35 but not dramatically so. I plan on playing it for a while and possibly stepping up to a higher quality Martin in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great 12 string

    As reviewed by Tina Elkins on 3/8/2014

    I don't think you can beat this guitar at this or even higher price points. Don't be freaked at the HPL sides and back- honestly it sounds fabulous as many other people have attested to. The solid wood top gives it a rich warm sound, and the HPL is a great resonant material. I think the hi-tech laminate body and stratabond neck are a big advantage for a 12 string- with the added tension from the strings I think this build is extra stable. (I live in an area of wildly fluctuating humidity over the year and have already had a guitar neck warp due to that.) In particular I love the neck- because of the laminate build, Martin is able to make it thinner and more comfortable than many other 12 strings- especially for my fairly small-sized hands. It also has a wonderful very "Martin-sounding" 12 string jangle; combined with typically excellent Martin craftsmanship and stability of materials, this is a terrific guitar value. (bought mine used from GC- perfect shape, even better price)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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