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Martin Custom X Series X1-D12E Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Natural Solid Sitka Spruce Top

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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 f... Read More

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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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  • 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
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Best 12 String

By Michael

from Springfield, MO

I bought this in my local Guitar Center a few weeks ago. I tried out a bunch of others before buying this one from Breedlove to Fender to Dean. Nothing compares to the rich sound and ease of play that the Martin has. Just listening to some of the videos online of the Taylor told me that I didn't even need to try one of them. I've got a Martin D1 six-string so I'm definitely partial to the rich punch they put out. And when you're playing with 12 strings, something that sounds thin or shrill is usually way too much like that. But this Martin has that rich bass punch that keeps the sound full. You hear all the strings all the tones, not just the high ones. If you want a 12 string don't settle for the cheap end, you won't be satisfied. And I suppose I should make some comment about the materials in this guitar. No it isn't all "real" wood. And the neck is one of those multiple laminated necks. But the workmanship is top notch and the spruce top is really what makes the sound. So, bottom line, in my opinion, taking into account the price and the performance, this is the best 12 string out there.

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Great Guitar

By Frank

from Quincy, MA

I received this guitar yesterday as a gift. It is perfect. It sounds great whether it is played with or without an amp. It is easy to play and the action is as good or better than any other 12 string I have played. I love everything about it.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound for a modest price.

By Daniel Koch

from Traveling full time.

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great 12 string

By Tina Elkins

from Cleveland, OH

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)

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


4.5 Stars but with an aside

By kevin rygg

from Grand Rapids, MI

Sounds wonderful, and I should have upgraded to the finished version (still not sure why the "custom" version is the lower-end one.) My complaint is that the composite neck doesn't seem appropriate for alternate tunnings (which is what I bought this for). I set this up in DbGbBGbBDb and got a lot of buzz because the action is so low. I tried other stuff but didn't want to bow the body. I would like to have the flexibility to do more than just "hum and strum" around a campfire. Anyway, it sounds great and you will absolutely love it if you keep it in standard tuning. The "made in mexico" part only bothers me to the extent that anyone who has ever been without a job for longer than they expected would like to believe that America can still provide a competitive product for a fair price. I would have paid a little extra to avoid the international race toward shared poverty.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Favorite Guitar I Own

By Aaron Hayes

from Cleveland, Tennessee

This is one of the best guitars you could ever get. Ever since I got in to The Beatles, I've been dying for a twelve string. This one is perfect for what I was looking for. The action is great, when you're picking it feels like a six string (unlike the Mitchell one I tried), and it's a beautiful guitar. When I was looking at buying it, I had played three different guitars but this same model. All of them were exactly the same: perfect. I had actually played a Taylor twelve string right after I had played this one (which cost $1,700) and I still liked the Martin better. I actually like the finish better even though that's apparently what brings the price down. You're gonna love it when you come home from a long day, step into your room and see this thing.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By thomas benson

from Bristol, Connecticut

I purchased the guitar less than a month ago, and since I received it two (one man and one girl) have commented about it in such positive ways. No negatives at all! The man has played guitar for 45 years and he was greatly impressed with the fine workmanship, rich sound and ease of playing. The woman is an 18 year old who has been playing for 10 years. (She is an amazing guitar player too ). She loved it! She said that many 12 strings have such deep necks which caused her some difficulty playing, and they always seemed to sound tinny but this was very rich sounding, and she loved the ease of playing for her size of hand! She is the person for whom I purchased it as a gift! Martin, thank you for making such a fine instrument and selling it at an affordable price! Love it!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Try more than one

By Ailean Mac Andaroch

from New Britain, CT

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!).

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Hidden Gem

By Lawrence Ulmer

from Glen Mills, PA

yeah it's not American made. You won't find a Martin that is at this price point. Get over it, I embraced that fact eventually and now my buddies and I call mine Martinez. I've been playing for a little over a year now. I appreciate the low action on this one. Actually easier to play than my 6 string Yamaha with ultra light strings on it. I've ran thru some lead guitar riffs with it screwing around and could actually pull it off. Bends are rough but who bends on a twelve string a year in? The neck is nice and wide as it should be, I have large hands so again another appreciated aspect. I can hit my A major correctly. Sound is great and has that unique twang of a 12 string when you want it to. It projects very well and sustains for a long time. I picked up every twelve string under $1,000.00 (and a few over)in the store multiple times during the course of a few months and every time I ended up with this one in my lap smiling. I am probably going to pick up the 6 string version of this Martin if I don't go full stiffy and get the Clapton series 6 string first. Easy to play, sounds great, looks great, smells great, cost less

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Guitar

By Rick Powell

from Plymouth, IN

I have been playing guitars for over 20 years. Martin has spoiled me as I have had many brands over the years. This guitar it worth every penny of the price.. great sound and great quality.

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