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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 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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinD12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy cow!

By Roundback

from Mississippi, USA

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(16 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad bracing

By JP

from minnesota

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased my martin about 10 months ago, well the bacing went bad and I had to dump it. Love th sound and feel I don't like the quality you get what you pay for so spend the money a buy the more expensive martin.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just Amazing

By M.Mader

from Grass Valley, CA

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

When I first was just looking around one of the new guitar centers that had just been built I just was messing around not even looking for a new guitar. As I was looking for another one to play I saw a twelve string guitar(never played a twelve string before) I picked it up and started playing it and it was awsome. Then I went to get another more expensive 12 string and it was not even close and that happened many times.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

12 string review

By sockfermy studieos

from Owego, NY

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I was looking for a good guitar at a reasonable price. Boy did I get a deal ! I mean I know it's not real wood . I tried out about 5 others before I decided I would be able to get the same full sounding guitar for the price .

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spectacular Instrument. Absolute sonic excellence.

By Kain

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

My intention when walking into the music store was to pick up a Little Martin or a Baby Taylor so I would easily be able to travel around with it, however, when wandering through the acoustic room, I picked up a number of instruments just for the sake of amusement. When I landed on the Martin D12X1, a few strums stole my attention from everything else in the room. I continued to play, and suddenly felt myself falling in love. The tones, timbre, texture, even the smell...everything that emanated from this guitar was absolutely stunning. I hadn't checked the price, and thought I must have my hands on your typical 2000+ dollar Martin. I checked the price tag and was floored. I took it home the next day. Even if you're not in the market, don't hesitate. This isn't the fanciest guitar of all time, but it's sound (and suprisingly its smell) is among the most beautiful I've ever heard. The neck is smooth, the construction is solid... For the money, it is a masterpiece. Unless you're looking for lots of inlay, bindings, and schmanciness, this is the the greatest guitar this price can buy.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just buy it! 5 stars plus!

By Patrick

from Seattle

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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!...

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I can't put it down

By randy flick

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I haven't played guitar in over 30 years. I thought that guitars with great action and great sound were way out of my price range... until I played a Martin D12X1. My fingers don't fumble and it doesn't hurt to play a chord or barre. The strings don't buzz or slap (unless I want them to). The sound is exactly the way I remember Martin's sounding back when I played with passion. I always wanted a Martin. Now I have one. Play this guitar. You will not be disappointed.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why did I wait so long

By DMac

from Middletown, Delaware

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I have owned several 12-strings in the past. I always ended up getting rid of them. I was in the Chicago area on business and one night stopped into the Guitar Center. If you are ever there check it out - they were having a "King of the Blues" contest but a great place to browse and try out different guitars with no hassle. Anyway - started playing various acoustics and got around to the Martin D12X1. Absolutely loved it - sound, feel, everything - especially the price. It took me almost a year to convince myself I wouldn't get tired of it and get rid of it like the others. I have been playing it non-stop for a month now and no chance of it going away like the others. I highly suggest you check this puppy out

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

outstanding sound

By Robert Fredrick

from Somonauk, IL

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I was in a Guitar Center store a few days ago just gathering information on something else when I saw this Martin and just had to play it. Though I am well out of practice, I was instantly taken in by how easy it was to play and by how full and mellow the sound is. I just could not get over it. I did not even have to make a big deal out of buying it with my wife; I went back the next day and purchased it. This guitar has given me the motivation to start practicing again after years of not doing so. If you have any experience playing guitars, you will fall in love with this one immediately as I did.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice

By Tom

from McKinney TX

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy Customer

By Jeff Brown

from Huber Heights, OH

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

12 stars out of 5

By Andrew

from Cranston RI

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever. Period. I had been playing around with a 1969 Harmony H1270 that I found in my grandmas attic, which badly needed a neck reset and unable to hold tune (which I kept in C). It was impossible to pull off barre chords and basically anything above the 5th fret. On Christmas morning, after everyone opened their gifts, my mom went downstairs and returned with a wrapped guitar case. I lifted the cover and the spruce smell hit me (another plus on this guitar) and I strummed the strings. This guitar has a rich, boomy tone you'd expect on a $5,000 model. Oh, and don't be taken aback by the yellow color of the guitar in the picture here (or anything else)- the spruce top is a lot lighter than that.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Angelic

By Steve

from Jacksonville fl

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

My wife bought me this axe over a year ago and I love it, the action is very martin like and this thing projects sound very well.I play every day for about a half hour and no problems.Don't forget Martins life time warranty for the original owner!The only Down side is no strap buttons.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin D12X1 12 string

By Gene

from Fayetteville,Ohio

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

I have played a few 12 strings in my time and i am so glad that i bought this one.The tones are so nice that i thought i was playing the more expensive one. I can play this one better then my Fender 6 string. For the price and if you want to own a Martin, buy it, you wont go wrong.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Photo +Guitar= Cheap Martin

By Ilya Kravchik

from St.Paul

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow ! What a full sound!

By Roger

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Sound

By Garry Hall

from San Dimas California

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Guitar

By Dave

from Henderson, Nevada

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my 12-string Martin D12X1

By James Maxwell

from Hartselle, Alabama

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bait and Switch? Not really - works for me

By Bob Hardenbergh

from Owosso, MI

Comments about Martin D12X1 12-String Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

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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