Martin's X Series Guitars feature a patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce or sapele (mahogany) top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professio... Click To Read More About This Product
Martin's X Series Guitars feature a patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce or sapele (mahogany) top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professionally installed Fishman electronics. The result: great-sounding, great-playing guitar, that is environmentally friendly, and priced to fly out the door. This is one of Martin's best values ever. The X Series affirms Martin's commitment to providing an affordable and competitive option for players dedicated to live performance and studio recording.
The 6-string Martin DCX1AE Macassar acoustic-electric guitar features a D-14 dreadnought body designed to produce a powerful, well-balanced tone that is perfect for live performance and in the studio. Pairing the Sitka spruce top with the Macassar-pattern HPL back and sides, the Martin DCX1AE Macassar has a big, punchy tone, with all the sustain you have come to expect from a Martin guitar. The mortise-and-tenon neck joint ensures solid construction of the guitar, with optimal resonant tone, while eliminating drop-off in the finer dynamics.
The Martin guitar's laminate birch neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of Birch under extremely high pressure. The material is then carved and finished in a conventional manner. The end result is a very strong neck that provides definition and articulate sustain from note to note.
The neck is fashioned with a Performing Artist neck shape and taper, 25.4" scale, 1-3/4" nut width, and 16" radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard.
This X Series Martin acoustic guitar comes compete with the Fishman Sonitone. The Fishman Sonitone features a soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone. The controls are mounted conveniently under the soundhole. All you have to do is plug in and play.
You’ll have a great acoustic guitar sound, right out of the box. This guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin guitar, but goes for a price that anyone can afford. Embrace the dream of owning your very own Martin guitar, at a price that is
too good to pass up.
Case sold separately.
The very first Dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become arguably, the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world.
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Comments about Martin DCX1AE Macassar Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I went to my Guitar Center looking for a mic that was on sale for a ridiculously low price. Of course they were out of them. That was no surprise for a mic that was 75% off. While wandering around Pro Audio, I saw a guitar and mic set up with a small PA for a singer songwriter promotion they had going on. I went over to check it out and saw that the guitar was a Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Electric which was on sale. I sat down and started playing it. The action was incredible, but It seemed to me like the sound wasn't as rich as when I tried similar Martin Dreadnoughts before and there was some buzzing. However, I was intrigued. I've owned, Fenders, Gibsons, Guilds and other acoustic guitars in the past, but never a Martin... and I've always wanted a Martin. So, when I saw Chris, the manager, who is an excellent guitar player, I asked him about it and he came over to check it out. It seems that it was re-strung with lighter gauge strings which lowered the action, but also created some buzz on the higher frets. We took it over to Johnathan who is one of their repair and set up guys and he confirmed. Chris then brought out a new one from the back. There was the rich tone I was expecting to hear, but the action was a bit higher and harder to play. I played both of them comparing the differences when Johnathan came over to check it out for me. He said that the action was perfect and that with the normal gauge strings the action would seem higher and could be a a bit more difficult to play. After a few minutes of playing it and adjusting, I started feeling much more comfortable with it. I asked them to hold it for me while I went home to check on finances and mull it over. That was when this other "sales" person tried to push the sale, saying that he had just sold one that there might not be any left. Little did he know that I had already learned from Chris that there were plenty in stock. (more about him below). I came back that day, purchased the guitar and love it.
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