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Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Martin DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar from the 1-Series is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 years in skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched Sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the 1-Series DC-1E creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. This Martin guitar comes equipped with a Fishman sound reinforcement system featuring volume and tone controls and an onboard digital chromatic tuner. It also comes with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hardshell case to provide protection and security.

Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.

FEATURES

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Bookmatched Sapele back and sides
  • East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Fishman sound reinforcement system
  • Martin SP strings
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model: DC-1E
  • Label: Paper Label w/ Model Name
  • Construction: 1 Style; Ply Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret Cutaway
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Braces: Sitka/X1 Style/Scalloped
  • Pattern: D 14 Fret #101a
  • Bridge Plate: Maple
  • Side Brace: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay: .0325'' B/W Boltaron (White Against Binding)
  • Rosette: Style 28; First Cut @ 4.188''
  • Pickguard: Black, Pattern 1 (D28 Style)
  • Back: Solid Sapele
  • Back Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Sides: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Neck: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Mod Low Oval
  • Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 356mm
  • Heelcap: Black Boltaron
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL Texture Finish w/ Printed Logo
  • Tuning Machines: Ping Chrome-18:1 Ratio w/ Small Knobs (Drill Y Step)
  • Fingerboard: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 16''
  • Scale Length: 25.470''
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Width At 12 Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fret Wire: Standard
  • Fret Slot: .020''
  • Frets Clear: 14
  • Total Frets: 20
  • Pearl Inlay: Style 28
  • Side Dots: White Boltaron
  • Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Two At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
  • Finish Body Package: Catalyzed Satin/ Dark Filler/Med. Cherry Stain
  • Finish Top: Catalyzed Satin
  • Bridge: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Style: 1 Style Belly/Deeper Slot
  • String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Electronics: Fishman Aero +
  • Strap Button: Ping Chrome
  • Strings: MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
  • Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • End Pin: End Pin Jack w/ Chrome Cap
  • Case: 345
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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Martin1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Guitar

I have been playing for over 30 years. I own 7 top of the line electric guitars from the best names in the business. I also own 6 high quality acoustic electrics, including...Read complete review

I have been playing for over 30 years. I own 7 top of the line electric guitars from the best names in the business. I also own 6 high quality acoustic electrics, including this guitar. I own a Breedlove 12 string and a Taylor CE414, just to name a couple. This is my first Martin and I was leery about buying it because it is priced so reasonable. On my last visit to Guitar Center, I decided to play this, figuring it would never play or sound as nice as the more expensive Martins. I have never been more wrong! This guitar is very well made and it plays very easily. The sound I get from this guitar is pure Martin. The quality of the build and the tone is every bit as nice as my Taylor and this Martin cost almost 50% less. The Fishman sound system is second to none. I have recorded with this guitar and in doing so I miced the guitar and ran it through my Roland acoustic amp while micing the amp. It sounded "unplugged". Pure, gorgeous, acoustic tone. Plugged or un-plugged, this guitar is a steal. All solid wood construction, great action, impressive tone and Fishman electronics. I would buy the guitar all over again and anyone that buys this guitar will never regret it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

15th Fret Hump

I was extremely excited to finally buy a Martin. I picked up a DC-1E at a Guitar Center. I was in a bit of a hurry and didnt do a thorough visual inspection...Read complete review

I was extremely excited to finally buy a Martin. I picked up a DC-1E at a Guitar Center. I was in a bit of a hurry and didnt do a thorough visual inspection but I liked what I heard. At first it played like a dream but then at about two weeks I started getting fret buz from the 6th fret up. It wasnt just a little buzz either - playing any licks up at the cut-away just wasnt working. I ordered the special truss rod tool to give the neck some relief but it didnt help. ( I have had some luthier classes, owned a guitar store so I know a bit ). Anyway, I took it back last weekend before my 30 days were up. I figured I'd trade it in or just let the luthier set it up if he thought he could. After about 20 minutes of adjustment he declared that there was a manufacturing flaw that caused a "15th fret hump" at the body. It was not caused by a lack of a humidifier either since I did use one in the case when it was not being played. So I went into the guitar room to try out the other two DC-1Es on the wall. Guess what? Both of those guitars had the same fret buzz and after inspection also had the same pronounced hump in the neck at the body that could not be removed without serious work. The luthier removed those from the wall and said he would be sending all three guitars back to Martin. What a shame to have three Martins all with the same flaw. I wonder how many others are out there? You probably wouldnt notice the buzz if you are a beginner playing the basic chords in the first few frets but later you might be disapointed and would have to spend big buck to do a fix. I ended up trading for a Taylor 210CE at the same price point. It has a punchier sound, not quite as well rounded as the Martin but it plays great. If you get one of these, sight down the neck first thing. If you see a pronounced hump at the body and get the fret buzz, I'd send it back.

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(31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Guitar

By Jeff

from Hammond, IN

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been playing for over 30 years. I own 7 top of the line electric guitars from the best names in the business. I also own 6 high quality acoustic electrics, including this guitar. I own a Breedlove 12 string and a Taylor CE414, just to name a couple. This is my first Martin and I was leery about buying it because it is priced so reasonable. On my last visit to Guitar Center, I decided to play this, figuring it would never play or sound as nice as the more expensive Martins. I have never been more wrong! This guitar is very well made and it plays very easily. The sound I get from this guitar is pure Martin. The quality of the build and the tone is every bit as nice as my Taylor and this Martin cost almost 50% less. The Fishman sound system is second to none. I have recorded with this guitar and in doing so I miced the guitar and ran it through my Roland acoustic amp while micing the amp. It sounded "unplugged". Pure, gorgeous, acoustic tone. Plugged or un-plugged, this guitar is a steal. All solid wood construction, great action, impressive tone and Fishman electronics. I would buy the guitar all over again and anyone that buys this guitar will never regret it!

(28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Martin

By Sharla

from Fresno, Ca.

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was given this guitar as a gift in Demember 2009. The guitar I began playing with was a Ibanez electric acoustic which was a little more difficult but it developed my fingers and speed. When I first played this guitar in GC I immediatly fell in love. The sound is amazing, the built in tuner is easy to use and read, the action was perfect for me and you cant say enough about the look of this guitar. The flat finish and the amazing wood used for the neck makes this guitar look like a million bucks. I open the case and the smell of the wood makes me smile. This is definately a guitar you wont want to put down. I have used both Martin and Elixer strings and both have an clean sound. I have had a professional player give it a try, he loved it and really enjoyed the feel of the guitar. So there you have it, it is a great guitar for both beginners like myself and the pros. Definately worth the cost if you are in the market for an amazing Martin...

(25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DC-1E is Phenomenal!

By Greg Norquist

from Huntington Beach, CA

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what, potentially lifetime, acoustic guitar to buy. I had narrowed it down to Taylor or Martin, honestly based on name and trustworthy reputation. They are completely different from each other both in sound and feel. As it turns out, I much prefer the action and tone of Martin. The DC-1E is a high quality instrument for the price with solid sitka top and solid sapele back and sides. The electronics are great, and the built in tuner should be highly considered when comparing guitars. It not only helps the beginner, but it also helps the experienced musician to stay right in tune all the time - huge feature in my opinion. When I first played the DC-1E, I was immediately drawn to the feel and action of the neck. It has a satin feel, which I much prefer over gloss on the neck of a guitar. I came to find out that the "stratabond" neck is actually a cost cutting material and is used on their cheaper guitars. I didn't care since it felt amazing to me and actually looks very cool; not to mention I PREFER it over higher quality gloss feel necks. It also allowed for the high quality all solid body with no expense spared when it comes to tone and overall craftmanship. The guitar is light and doesn't feel heavy and sluggish like other guitars. Did I mention AMAZING Martin tone?!? On top of all this, when you take this guitar out of the case to play it, you are greeted with the most amazing smell of the woods. Be sure to take a sniff when you are trying it out - it is part of the pleasure with this guitar. I would absolutely recommend the 1 series to anyone looking in this price range.

(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

money where it counts

By stephen d

from brooklyn, NY

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

this guitar sounds like a cannon going off. i was concerned initially because i had to order this and was unable to play it beforehand. once i realized i could decline accepting it if i was unhappy with it, i went ahead and placed the order. solid top, back, and sides for the price was too good a deal to pass up. neck is stratabond, which i didn't realize at first, but it makes no difference to me now that i own it. when you pick it up and play it, it feels like a Martin and sounds like one. They really put the value into the sound and body construction where it counts. i love this guitar and so does everyone i know that has played it.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DC-1E AMAZING SOUND

By Mark Rogers the Viper

from Miami, FL

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a great investment for the active player. The guitar is light,the fretboard is easy to play with amazing sound. I have been playing since 1972 and this guitar is as close as your going to get to a Gibson with loud sound projection unplugged. I play and sing out of a Marshall AS50D amp and it sounds like A CD its so clear. The Fishman pickups are clear and very loud. Also the onboard tuner is easy to use and see. This guitar hardly ever goes out of tune. Comes with a hard case you will need to protect the guitar from humidity and heat since this baby is nautral wood with no finish. Its bracing is outstanding and the neck is very solid.I would stick with Martin SP light bronze strings.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally found what I was looking for!

By JJ

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I picked up this guitar 4 days ago and knew from the first strum that it would be leaving the store with me that day. I had been in the market for another acoustic to play on stage for a while and just hadn't found the sound that I was looking for. I played a lot of very expensive really high end guitars during my search and was blown away when I picked up my DC1E and started to play it. The tone is very warm and bright and it has great sustain. The set up was perfect right out of the box and I haven't had any issues when changing tunings with fret buzz or anything else. The matte finish on the guitar is beautiful and done very well. I did remove the pick guard though and I feel it has a much cleaner appearance. The Aero+ is a nice little unit and does a great job of sorting out lows, mids, and highs so I get exactly what I want when I plug in. I can't say enough about this guitar and how pleased I am with my purchase! Don't hesitate to pick one up!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar Great Price

By Wes

from Fort Thomas, KY

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Just purchased guitar a few weeks ago and am very satisfied. Its very loud and deep when not plugged in. Mine in particular had nice low action for easy smooth play. When plugged in sound goods but not 100% of what it sounds like not plugged in. I sat down and played a Taylor 214CE along with this guitar for about an hour and finally went with my gut purchased this. Neither of the two was better, just depends on what kind of sound you want. Only difference is in the Taylor expression system which obviously has a slight edge on the Fishman Aero, although the built in tuner is a convenient feature... love this guitar though great choice for deep full sound

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Guitar

By Pilsner

from Eugene, Oregon

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for about 2 years now and was looking for a serious upgrade from my seagull folk guitar. A guy recommended that I go and play the 1e and it was love at first sight. From the smell of the all wood body to the speed of the frets down to the great internal electronics provided by fishman -- this thing is incredible. Five stars by far/

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By steven holloway

from franklinville nj 08322

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

WoW !! What a great sounding Guitar! The fret board is so easy to play, I just bought it today and can't put it down. Plugged in sounds as good as it does not plugged in.. I can't say enough.. you will know when you pick this one up to play. If someone handed you guitars to try and you had your eyes closed you would pick this one. I tryed many. The Quality, time will tell since I just bought it. All the components of the fishman work very well. Its lighter than it looks and just feels so good to play period.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every pennie

By Timothy Miyasaki

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Guitar is worth it!!! just picked it up today loving the guitar had a hard time choosing between this and taylor and breedlove (314CE, PRO series). This guitar was number 1 choice for me. Tone touch everything. Recommend this guitar to anyone starting out, advance, professional, anyone!!!. THank you Martin!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin Love

By Mathew

from Arvada, CO

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What can I say. I have been playing guitar for 7 years now and was playing on an Ibanez electric-acoustic. I had been wanting a Martin for quite a while and after talking to the guy at GC I finally decided on this one. I literally just got home with the guitar and I could barely put it down to write this review. It has an amazingly warm and loud sound like you would expect from Martin. The thing that I love most about it is the guitars playability. It just makes it easier to play. I would definitly refer this guitar to people that have been playing for a while and feel they are ready for a guitar that is going to really improve their skills, or someone that's a great guitarist and doesn't want to spend a ton of money. Great guitar especially for the price and it came with a nice case. You can't beat it........BUY THIS GUITAR!!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar at a great price!!

By Micah

from Washington

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Been playing for 6 years and was lookig for a guitar upgrade at an affordable price. This guitar exceeded all my epectations. Absolutely love the tone and playability. Great action and stays in tune up the neck. Some might be turned off by the stratabond neck, but trust me, all this does is make the guitar more affordable without sacrificing the Martin sound. Fishman electronics and tuner sound/work great; in fact I prefer Fisman electronics to the Taylor ES. Absolutely no regrets in purchasing this amazing Martin guitar!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

15th Fret Hump

By Randy Crumbaugh

from Bayfield, Colorado

Comments about Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was extremely excited to finally buy a Martin. I picked up a DC-1E at a Guitar Center. I was in a bit of a hurry and didnt do a thorough visual inspection but I liked what I heard. At first it played like a dream but then at about two weeks I started getting fret buz from the 6th fret up. It wasnt just a little buzz either - playing any licks up at the cut-away just wasnt working. I ordered the special truss rod tool to give the neck some relief but it didnt help. ( I have had some luthier classes, owned a guitar store so I know a bit ). Anyway, I took it back last weekend before my 30 days were up. I figured I'd trade it in or just let the luthier set it up if he thought he could. After about 20 minutes of adjustment he declared that there was a manufacturing flaw that caused a "15th fret hump" at the body. It was not caused by a lack of a humidifier either since I did use one in the case when it was not being played. So I went into the guitar room to try out the other two DC-1Es on the wall. Guess what? Both of those guitars had the same fret buzz and after inspection also had the same pronounced hump in the neck at the body that could not be removed without serious work. The luthier removed those from the wall and said he would be sending all three guitars back to Martin. What a shame to have three Martins all with the same flaw. I wonder how many others are out there? You probably wouldnt notice the buzz if you are a beginner playing the basic chords in the first few frets but later you might be disapointed and would have to spend big buck to do a fix. I ended up trading for a Taylor 210CE at the same price point. It has a punchier sound, not quite as well rounded as the Martin but it plays great. If you get one of these, sight down the neck first thing. If you see a pronounced hump at the body and get the fret buzz, I'd send it back.

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