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The DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you the full, sweet sound of a Martin acoustic with a cutaway for ease of playing. Fishman Presys Plus electronics make it stage and studio friendly, and its p... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you the full, sweet sound of a Martin acoustic with a cutaway for ease of playing. Fishman Presys Plus electronics make it stage and studio friendly, and its price won't break your back. Solid spruce top with A-frame X-bracing, HPL sides and back, inlaid Boltaron rosette, black Micarta fretboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

FEATURES

  • 14-fret dreadnought cutaway body
  • Solid spruce top
  • HPL (High Pressure Laminate) back and sides
  • Fishman Presys Plus electronics with tuner
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinDCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 58 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar - watch the heat

This is a great guitar and I have not found a better one in this price range. It is very easy to play due to its close action. It has a problem in the...Read complete review

This is a great guitar and I have not found a better one in this price range. It is very easy to play due to its close action. It has a problem in the heat though - when the ambient temperature gets into the 90's the fretboard and neck expand at different rates causing the neck to bow and the high strings touch the frets. (Only a problem for one week in the summer).

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I HAD a Martin

I bought a Martin, had it three months sounds great I was sitting down went to put the guitar in the stand it slipped out of my hand 6 inches from the floor and...Read complete review

I bought a Martin, had it three months sounds great I was sitting down went to put the guitar in the stand it slipped out of my hand 6 inches from the floor and the body just came undone.The whole back seperated from the body. Very disappointing thought "Martin" was "the" guitar. I guess you truly get what you pay for

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(61 of 71 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar - watch the heat

By Alan

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar and I have not found a better one in this price range. It is very easy to play due to its close action. It has a problem in the heat though - when the ambient temperature gets into the 90's the fretboard and neck expand at different rates causing the neck to bow and the high strings touch the frets. (Only a problem for one week in the summer).

(29 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the price

By Samuel J.

from Los Angeles ,CA

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

By far the best tone out there for 700$ And with electronics!! Solid construction, great craftmaship. It also sound great plugged in, I cant wait to start doing shows with it. Also its start sounding better with age. At this price range for this you cant find any thing better. Taylor 110E is close but in my opion is too bright and not enoug bottom end like the Martin. Plus martin has 3 channel EQ vs. 2 for taylor.

(29 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great buy!

By Sarah

from Cardiff by the Sea, CA

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

As a Taylor enthusiast, it was difficult to even consider purchasing a Martin guitar. However, this model has an exceptionally bright sound, which makes it a great pick for folk and acoustic music. It's also a very versatile instrument, since it has a built-in pickup and can be plugged into most amps. It sounds wonderful both plugged in and unplugged. Don't let the price tag fool you, it's a pretty good value for a high-quality acoustic-electric guitar. The laminate back, aside from making it feel a little more durable, makes it a much more affordable model. I would fully recommend this guitar.

(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite guitar!

By KJP

from Potsdam, New York

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar 9 months ago. I own two others and never play them. This one gets all my attention. I adjusted the action; but that's a personal choice. I had to adjust the truss rod because the neck bowed a bit this winter; but that is expected too. This guitar has a nice warm tone, it keeps its tune very well, it plays easily, and gets a lot of looks too! I tried out a number of other guitars in this one's price range and always came back to the Martin. You won't regret the purchase.

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar

By MarkRosenberg

from Madison, CT

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is incredible. Everything about it is fresh. You take it out of its case and you can smell the real wood. You play the guitar and you can hear how natural it is. The tone is amazing. One strum can fill the room. It also works perfectly with any condenser microphone to create an incredible quality recording. If you're considering buying this guitar, GET IT!

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Excellent Bang for the Buck

By Dan

from California

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play guitar (and bass occassionally) for my church every Sunday. The church needed a new guitar, so they picked up one of these. I've played it quite a bit over the last few months, I and must say it is a superb instrument. My friend has an older Martin (it's been valued in the thousands of dollars), and while this can't match the tone, it gets close for a fraction of the price. The low action means it is easy to play quickly and accurately, though I have to wonder how sensitive such a low setting is going to be in the long run to fluctuations in neck shape due to temp, humidity, etc. So far no issues in that regard. The electronics are about as good as you can expect in this price bracket, and we have had no problems with them so far. Onboard 3-band EQ is handy when the soundboard folks just don't seem to 'get it'. Overall, I give this 5 stars if one includes value in the rating, not just tone.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ahh...Martin

By brlrs

from Kent, OH

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

When you buy a Martin you are buying a tone. The famous Martin tone used to be out of reach to those of us who couldnt sacrifce a whole month's paycheck for an instrument.For this reason, it is hard to anticipate what a $700 Martin will bring to the table, so to speak. Rest assured, that with the DXCX 1E, your money buys you every bit of the tone that you could expect. Clear highs, deep and resonant lows, and everything in between are what $700 will buy. This is an excellent instrument for those who want to get started on the local music scene, but dont have a small fortune set aside. The HPL sides, which are not solid tone wood, but instead compressed wood fibers, tend to throw some people off from buyin this particular guitar. In fact, HPL saves a lot of money and does not take away from this fine instrument's tone at all. This guitar is not as loud un-amplified as it could be, but the Fishman electronics more that make up for that if you are willing to go electric-acoustic.I really like this Martin and when you play it, you can simply feel that it is a quality intrument that is going to last and grow with you as a musician.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By martinman159

from Pelham, TN

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I recently bought this guitar and love how it plays. It makes a wonerful sound. I do not believe the DCX1E looks cheap at all. I am very proud of this instrument. I have always been a firm believer in Martin. My cousin and best friend have played them for years. I am delighted to finally have my own. If you like to play a bluegrass guitar, look no farther. Martin DCX1E is the one for you.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the Martin!

By JDB

from Parsippany, NJ

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

My first Martin and I am very pleased. I took a few months shopping aroound for a new guitar and I chose the Martin for its bright sound, good feel, and ease to play. I used it last week at an accoustic gig playing along side my friend with his Gibson and the Martin held its own and then some. I love the onboard tuner. Sound is great unplugged and even better plugged in. Consider this guitar if you dont want to spend more than an arm and a leg. Its a great guitar for the price!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plug her in and watch everyone drool

By Glen

from Naples, Fl

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Few guitars tell you they are special when you first touch them. This is one of those few. Solid sound unplugged and oh so sweet when you plug her in. Nice electronics with an on-board tuner make this one sweet work of art. Thank you Martin for making a guitar the working musician can afford.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar I've played

By bts025

from Rainier, WA

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I picked up the Martin DCX1E three months ago, it is my second acoustic guitar and I was really searching for the best I could find. I tested lots of taylor and martin guitars and settled on this beautiful one. The martin tuners are amazing, newer slip out of tune while I'm playing only in travel or just after changing a set of strings. The action on the neck and fingerboard couldn't be easier, it feels like butter when I play; great for long sessions. The pickups on this guitar sound like any other acoustic guitar pickups I've heard. No need to adjust the treble, mid, bass, or brilliance, just set them all to unity and turn up the volume and your good to go. The warmth and clarity of this martin plugged in sounds just as good as if your ear was up to the sound hole, crisp and heavenly. Neck alignment was and is perfect, no adjusting needed. Best guitar I own, and probably will ever own.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin DX1E

By Bill

from Philadelphia suburbs

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had the guitar for several years and like others I played everything in the store and picked up the DX1 dreadnaught and the tone was just beautiful. Bought it and took it home and kept thinking about the cutaway DX1E and went back and traded for the cutaway. It's not as loud as the dreadnaught and I'm not nuts about the electronics but the fretboard keeps you honest and holding a Martin, like a good Stratocaster just outclasses anything else. I reccomend the DX1E. I don't know how a ten thousand dollar guitar sounds but for my budget everytime I pick up the Martin I'm happy with my choice. I put some Clapton strings on it but think the one's Martin recommends have less twang and buzz unless you want to play bluegrass. This guitar stays in tune all day long and is built to last.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin DCX1E...

By Ovi Micula

from Jacksonville, Florida

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Martin DCX1E is an amazing guitar. I am constantly playing it. I do the praise and worship every Sunday morning at our church and it sounds amazing, whether it's plugged in or not. I definitely recommend this guitar. After all, it's a Martin!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best For Its Money

By Jun

from Fullerton, CA

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is incredible. Enough said. The solid sitka spruce top resonates sound, and it gives the guitar the warm, deep, rich tone everyone should be familiar with in a Martin. The action is very good, not too low for easy and confortable play. The width of the neck stays the same all the way up, giving the guitar a slick look while keeping playability first. The HPL sounds exactly the same as wood, and the tuners are very easy to turn. The guitar is smooth all the way around, and best of all, it's pretty cheap for a Martin. But if you disregard the specifics, such as the amazing Fishman Classic 4 sound system, heck. It looks good. The only problem is that taking out the sound system to replace batteries is a little hard. but who cares? The batteries for this guitar last 300 hours of plugged in goodness. Spend that money right. Buy this guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin Sez it All

By Blinddog48

from Missouri

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am 58 years old. A conservative banker. I have been at it since 1962. Play an average of 1 1/2 hours per day. I find the neck fast and comfy compared to the Taylor, and Washburn. I find the sound unequaled. The unit stays in tune. The string height and set up was perfect. I have heard of buzzing on the high E. I must have got lucky. This unit is to quiet unpowered. Fit and finish was fine, and smell was devine. I strongly considered the D 28 but as a hobbyist and at my age I got all I prayed for. I compared this unit to all other $1000 units. The blend from high to low notes is probaly what captured me. Each note, each chord blends so well compared to others. I purchase this DCX1E in April 06 and I Shopped for over 1 year. My Gibson LP 60's sees less action. My son a 33 year old beginner favors the sound and feel of this guitar over my Washburn. I was bless to find this unit. I have not had one problem nor one complaint.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW is all that can be said

By KC24

from Twin Cities, MN

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went to my local guitar center several times to test out different guitars, electric and acoustic alike. I was really just waiting for the right guitar to fall into my hands. Each and every time I went there, I picked up this Martin. I spent a lot of time with it before purchasing. I played the $1K Martins, the $2K Gibsons, everything of that and more. And I didn't feel that this guitar lacked the same greatness as the ones costing much more. For this price, it cannot be beaten! It has a great tone, all the notes blend together nicely. Many complain that the sides and back are not real wood, but it does not take away from the sound of this Martin.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Let The Mexican Tag Fool You!

By Taftinator

from Salt Lake City

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just purchased this guitar today after doing some shopping and reserach. I read reviews and was a bit bummed to find out it was made in Mexico, but after I had played it for the first time, it exceeded my expectations. The sound is amazing, the playability is so smooth and easy, the action is near perfect, and its looks are stunning. This Martin, to me, feels just as nice and looks even better, than some of the American models. If you are afraid of it being made in Mexico, don't let it get you down! It is, without a doubt, a true Martin!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Frank

from Staten Island, NY

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

You can not beat this value. Martin sound and amazing playability. The first time I played the DCX1E I knew I had to have one. I have a 1969 Gibson J-50 that this guitar just smokes in sound and ease of play.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By swj92

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar and had my Dad play it live. It sounds great and plays great. It's a good price for a mexican made Martin. I hadn't had any trouble with it; I use it in the studio all the time. Also the neck is composite and that makes it stay in tune better.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I HAD a Martin

By mrdavies

from Herndon, Va

Comments about Martin DCX1E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought a Martin, had it three months sounds great I was sitting down went to put the guitar in the stand it slipped out of my hand 6 inches from the floor and the body just came undone.The whole back seperated from the body. Very disappointing thought "Martin" was "the" guitar. I guess you truly get what you pay for

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