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D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar

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The 12-string Martin D12X1 acoustic guitar represents a fine example Martin's commitment to preserving the earth's dwindling resources and designing guitars that are within reach of every aspiring gui... Read More

Overview

The 12-string Martin D12X1 acoustic guitar represents a fine example Martin's commitment to preserving the earth's dwindling resources and designing guitars that are within reach of every aspiring guitarist. Constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, HPL) and traditional tonewoods, the D12X1 has the famous Martin sound and playability found in their more expensive guitars

Features
  • CONSTRUCTION: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
  • TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • ROSETTE: Inlaid Boltaron w/ Red Fiber/ Multiple Black/White/Black
  • TOP BRACING PATTERN: D1 A-Frame
  • TOP BRACES: Sitka/1 Style/Non-Scalloped
  • 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: Low Profile
  • NUT MATERIAL: White Corian
  • HEADSTOCK: Solid/12 String/Tapered
  • HEADPLATE: Mahogany Pattern HPL w/ Printed Logo
  • HEELCAP: none
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Black Micarta
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 7/8''
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 5/16''
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: none
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING: none
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: none
  • FINISH TOP: Hand Rubbed Urethane
  • FINISH NECK: none
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Black Micarta
  • BRIDGE STYLE: Belly- 12 String
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 5/16''
  • SADDLE: Compensated White Tusq
  • TUNING MACHINES: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP-4600 Extra Light Phos. Bronze
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/Black Dots
  • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color
  • CASE: none
  • INTERIOR LABEL: Foil Label - D12X1 Solid Spruce Top
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4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Holy cow!

When I saw this guitar, I thought that it was nothing special. I mean, the looks are not that great, just a natural spruce with rosewood sides and back, right? WRONG!!...Read complete review

When I saw this guitar, I thought that it was nothing special. I mean, the looks are not that great, just a natural spruce with rosewood sides and back, right? WRONG!! The sound is what this 12-string is all about. IT is amazing. I played it, then looked at the price, expecting something in the $1500+ range. when I saw that it was a third of that, I almost fell over. I rarely see a martin guitar for less than $799, so this was a real treat. I compared this to another 12-string beside it that was twice the price, and this martin one hands down, no questions. I want to buy this guitar as soon as I can. Buy it, you won't regret it. Having played one and knowing how good it sounds, I would buy one sight unseen. I rarely do that with acoustic instruments.

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Photo +Guitar= Cheap Martin

I am going to keep this brief, the things that bother me about this guitar: 1} The HPL (High Pressure Laminate) they use on the neck, headstock, back and sides has...Read complete review

I am going to keep this brief, the things that bother me about this guitar: 1} The HPL (High Pressure Laminate) they use on the neck, headstock, back and sides has a photo grain printed on it to mimic actual mahogony. It looks very cheap and artificial. The HPL on the neck looks bizarre,- like a layered cake. 2} Poor playability. It definitely plays like a large, clunky 12-string. 3} I've owned this guitar for a year now and the spruce top has gotten considerably darker. Over all this guitar is an eye sore. The sound is typical martin,- low and boomy, lacking clear highs and definition.I got this guitar because of its price tag, but have never gotten around to really play it because it is so uncomfortable. I can't wait to sell it. Verdict: save up some cash and go for a real guitar. Something like a Taylor GA3.

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5.0

I love my 12-string Martin D12X1

By James Maxwell

from Hartselle, Alabama

I have not played guitar since I was about 13 and now I'm 47! I thought I would learn again. I pick this 12 string Martin up and fell in love with the sound and how easy it was to play. In just 3 weeks I'm playing with our church. I get so many compliments on how great this guitar sounds. This was well worth the price of the Martin and I play every day now.

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5.0

Excellent Buy

By Dylan Gaffin

from Muncie, IN

I owned a HPL OOOCXE Martin for about a year and have been stuck on Martin guitars ever since. I am really diggin the blues scene and was in desperate need of a 12 string after hearing "Life by the drop" by SRV. I was amazing Martin offerred a 12 string at a price this low. I was even more amazed that the quality of this guitar was top notch. I payed 800 for my 6 string Martin and this one has a quality that matches or exceeds it. I really like the spruce top. The rest of the body is HPL with "wood grain" finish to it. Very durable especially for outdoorsman/women. The neck is nice and fat and it stays in tune like a fork. Restringing takes about 1-2 hours total but well worth it, I recommend staggared tuning order.

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3.0

Photo +Guitar= Cheap Martin

By Ilya Kravchik

from St.Paul

I am going to keep this brief, the things that bother me about this guitar: 1} The HPL (High Pressure Laminate) they use on the neck, headstock, back and sides has a photo grain printed on it to mimic actual mahogony. It looks very cheap and artificial. The HPL on the neck looks bizarre,- like a layered cake. 2} Poor playability. It definitely plays like a large, clunky 12-string. 3} I've owned this guitar for a year now and the spruce top has gotten considerably darker. Over all this guitar is an eye sore. The sound is typical martin,- low and boomy, lacking clear highs and definition.I got this guitar because of its price tag, but have never gotten around to really play it because it is so uncomfortable. I can't wait to sell it. Verdict: save up some cash and go for a real guitar. Something like a Taylor GA3.

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5.0

Bait and Switch? Not really - works for me

By Bob Hardenbergh

from Owosso, MI

Went to GC to buy my first 12 string. Was planning on a Yamaha that was on sale. Low and behold it was out of stock. So I picked up and tried a couple comparatively priced demo models. Then the salesman showed me the Martin - said it was a little higher than I was planning to spend but, I tried it anyway. Wow what a difference - fuller sound and easier action, even to my novice ear and ability. Loved the feel and finish. Took it home

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy Customer

By Jeff Brown

from Huber Heights, OH

Traded it an Epiphone 12 string for the Martin 12 string. They both sounded equally as good but the Epiphone is like holding a tree limb with frets. The Martin is SO much easier to play. I am sometimes a nervous picker in public but not any more - the Martin puts you at ease and every-thing else falls into place.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just buy it! 5 stars plus!

By Patrick

from Seattle

Went by GC with my 15 year old son to get a Chicago sheet music book. I got lost looking at JBL PA speakers and my son spent the entire time playing this Martin. He said, "This is the easier 12 string I have ever played, you can even bend the strings for just about any lead. And it sounds like no other 12." I tried it, he was right on. I said, "Man we really do not need another guitar." He said, "How many guitars does a guitar player need?...one more!" We had to jet and he talked about it all the way home. The next day unbeknown to him I went back and bought it for his birthday and Mike at GC was most helpful as usual. Yes for his birthday! But don't tell him, it is a surprise! ...Just buy it! It will keep you happy for the rest of your life!...

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Guitar

By Dave

from Henderson, Nevada

I went in to look at (buy) a different brand 12 string and made the mistake (?) of picking up this Martin. I couldn't put it down and still can't. The action, the sound, even the way it sits in my lap, it's all phenomenal!! If you're looking for a 12 string do not pick this one up...if you do you will have to have it ��̏ I'm playing live with it in a week and can't wait!!!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice

By Tom

from McKinney TX

I have played classical and steel string acoustic guitars since I was about 12. I go strong for several months and then get busy and fall off playing. I recently got back on and saw Colin Hay on You Tube playing "Waiting for my real life to begin". It was awesome and he was using a 12 string. Then I got an advertisement from Guitar Center and saw all these great reviews. So I went to a store and checked it out. It was awesome. A lot easier to play than I thought it would be and it sounds so rich. My kids and wife already love to hear it afer only just a couple of songs. This is really a fine way to pick up a Martin and enjoy. Not sure I will play a six string anymore. I am going to play dear prudence next on it. The beatles "hide your love away" sounded great too.

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5.0

Beautiful Sound

By Garry Hall

from San Dimas California

I own a Martin DM 6 string guitar and was impressed by the reviews I read regarding the Martin D12x1. My concerns about it not being entirely made of solid woods vanished the moment I strumed it for the first time. Incredibly close to the quality sound of the 6 string Martin I have. It's the reason, I'm sure, Martin proudly puts their name on it. I love this guitar. You won't be disappointed if you're looking for a great sounding 12 string at a very reasonable price. It sounds as good or even better than guitars costing two to three as much as this.

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5.0

Wow ! What a full sound!

By Roger

from Chicago, IL

For some reason I had not paid much attention to 12-strings before. I was at GC today and started picking up guitars and strumming. Decided to give the Martin a try. I couldn't belive the sound coming out of it - and the price! It came home with me. Been playing it off an on all night - love it! Also have a Taylor 814CE, Breedlove D25. The Martin fills a niche of sound I wanted to fill.

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