Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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With the Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar, HPL body construction, Martin's patented neck mortise, and A-frame X-bracing pattern give you the legendary Martin tone. The DXME features Fishman electr... Click To Read More About This Product

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With the Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar, HPL body construction, Martin's patented neck mortise, and A-frame X-bracing pattern give you the legendary Martin tone. The DXME features Fishman electronics with easily accessible controls and authentic acoustic sound reproduction.

Features
  • Genuine Martin design and tone characteristics
  • Martin super-tight neck joint for maximum resonance
  • A-frame X-bracing
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MartinDXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Happiness is a Martin Guitar

I recently got a Martin DXME, and I have hardly been able to put it down. The tone, and quality of the action make it incredibly nice to play. I have had several...Read complete review

I recently got a Martin DXME, and I have hardly been able to put it down. The tone, and quality of the action make it incredibly nice to play. I have had several other guitars, and this is the best value, and the best sound I have found in this range. I shopped around for a while, and chose carefully. If you are looking for deep tones, and great action, get a Martin DXME.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not bad for money but...

i have had this guitar for over a year now, I play it quite often. for the money it is a great buy but if you're looking for that "Martin"...Read complete review

i have had this guitar for over a year now, I play it quite often. for the money it is a great buy but if you're looking for that "Martin" projection you need to spend more money and get the 16 or anything with solid wood sides, this one has composite wood sides and projection is compromised. all in all it is a great guitar for rhythm but it won't stand out in a group setting.

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1.0

would not buy

By chezzy

from canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

no tone whatsoever

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Innovative Guitar

By Gustavo

from McAllen, TX

Pros

  • Easy-to-play Finger Board
  • Ecologically Friendly
  • excellent electronics
  • Flawless construction
  • Innovative Materials
  • Smooth Comfortable Neck
  • surprisingly rich sound
  • Well-priced

Cons

  • Laminate Body Not Wood
  • Less Projective Volume
  • No Frills Accompiaments
  • No Guitar Case Included
  • Unapealing Look Of Hpl

Best Uses

  • Daily Practice Guitar
  • Good Plugged-in Back-up
  • Party Guitar
  • Tuff And Sturdy Traveler

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I do not often write reviews but felt compelled to write this one after purchasing the DXME. I was amazed, to say the least, with my entry-level Martin. The DXME is a solid, well-built guitar that offers a lot of tone for a guitar in its price range.
Opening the box, you immediately see the attention to detail that Martin is known for. My instrument arrived impeccably well-packaged in protective materials. My guitar looked fantastic strait out of the box. The construction and finish on this guitar was flawless. This was surprising considering it is a lower-end model and made in the Sonora, Mexico plant. It was nice to see that a great amount of care and detail was given to this line and not just the higher range lines (as other companies do). There is no question that quality control is a high priority to Martin.
I am very picky when it comes to buying guitars and I always inspect my purchases carefully upon arrival. Upon closer inspection under direct and indirect light, I could not find a single scratch, blemish, or flaw on the finish of the guitar. Running my fingers along the sides of the neck and frets, I could not discern any sharp points, dents, or uncomfortable parts; the neck along its entire length and all its sides was perfectly smooth. My only gripe, and I am being nit-picky, is that there is a minuscule triangular-shaped gap below the finger board where the beveled edge of the top does not meet the edge of the neck. I found the set up of the DXME to be perfect straight out of the box-- no fret buz, perfect string height, no tuning issues.
For those who do not know, the DXME guitar body is made of HPL and is not tone wood. Most of the negative reviews for this guitar are from people who did not know they were buying a laminated guitar. The idea of not using solid tone wood may be sacrilege to the Martin Purist, but in all fairness the HPL does have some redeeming qualities. It is ecologically friendly, which is increasingly important as the world supply of tone woods continues to be threatened. HPL is also a very sturdy and tough material and can be very forgiving of occasional bumps and accidents.
Aesthetically, the look of HPL may not be the most popular. From a distance the DXME may appear to be solid wood. Up close however the satin look and feel of the HPL may remind you of kitchen counter-top Formica or the vinyl wood panels that were ounce popular on station wagons. As far as appointments this guitar is fairly simple- it is a working man's instrument, a daily work horse--nothing fancy (doesn't even come with a case). The DXME does come with an attractive tortoise pick guard and an elegant gold herringbone pattern Rossette. In its simplicity however, there is an understated beauty and minimalist aesthetic that many may find appealing.
Other innovative materials that merit mention is the stratabond neck and black richlite fingerboard and bridge. Stratabond is a material made of laminated sheets of wood. It is not new and has been used extensively in the firearms industry. Stratabond has a unique look which you either love or hate. I was skeptical the first time I saw it. Looks aside however, it feels really, really nice. The stratabond neck on my DXME is one the smoothest necks I've ever played. The low profile oval shape, satin finish, and 1-11/16" nut make it a super easy to play guitar. It is also worth noting that statabond has a stronger tensile strength than solid wood making it more resistant to bowing and warping.
Black richlite is a material made in part from compressed recycled paper and phenolic resin. The black richlite saddle and fingerboard on the DXME have a matte/satin plastic-like appearance. I did not like the material at first, but have since changed my opinion. Despite the resin/plastic-like appearance, the material has a wood-like feel which to some may be reminiscent of ebony. I found the feel of the richlite fingerboard to be surprisingly comfortable. The silky smooth feel of the richlite make the DMXE fingerboard super friendly and easy to play.
To my delight the DXME came equipped with very nice electronics. This model comes with the Fishman Presyn Plus with tuner. There are controls for volume, bass, middle, treble, notch, brilliance, and phase. There is also a low battery led light and of course a chromatic tuner. For reasons that only Chris Martin knows, the DXME's electronics have more features and versatility than many of the more expensive Martin models.
So now the big question, how does it sound? For being a HPL guitar, the DXME has a surprisingly rich tone. The classic Martin tone is there, reproduced in all its glory, punchy and responsive with fat lows and bright highs. The guitar resonates a surprising amount, even producing subttle vibrations along the guitar's neck and in your fingers. It does not project as loud as its more expensive siblings, but still there is plenty of tone to appreciate. Is it the solid Sitka x-patterned bracing, the SP lifespan strings, or the black foil Martin label inside that makes it sound good to me? I don't know, but the DXME sounds better than it should. Collectively, the unorthodox materials and innovative design come together to produce something unexpectedly great.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bought it... love it...

By happymartinowner123

from Nashville, TN

Pros

  • feel
  • Pick-ups
  • Sound

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Jamming with friends
  • Leading worship
  • Playing arenas
  • Writing songs

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

the negative reviews on this guitar can be summed up by one thing. people bought it thinking it was solid wood and found out its not. whoopdedoo. i played this guitar for the first time and fell in love with it and also bought it not knowing it wasnt wood but it plays, sounds, and feels great. youre gonna love this guitar if you give it a chance. you cant go wrong with a martin/fishman combo.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MADE IN USA

By stringbender-U0qVV

from atlanta ga

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

got mine today..surprized to see its made in USA sound and quality just perfect.also comes with the new Martin coated strings soooo no swapping srings thats great!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good party guitar

By DXME owner

from Texas

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a nice guitar for the price. The action is a little tough and isn't exactly a booming dreadnought, but it gets the job done. It has turned into my party guitar because of it's durability. I've owned (and thoroughly bumped and beaten) this guitar for 9 years, and there isn't even a ding in it. For acoustic-electrics in this price range, the Martin DXME or the Taylor 110e are great buys.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I can't Believe its not Butter

By Hoss-8XgJI

from Lake Jackson TX

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I spent a week playing guitars all over nashville looking for a sound. I found it. It was not in the epiphone or even the high dollar martins for me it was in the DXME and plugged in it sounds like 2000 bucks. You will love it!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By omar

from riverside,ca

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I wanted a new guitar to use for the praise team at my church. I saw this martin and fell in love with it. still, I wanted to play other guitars. after playing what seemed like 100 guitars none compared to this martin. perfect action, awesome tone, easy to use electrics and of course the price made it the perfect guitar for me. it takes a few plays to loosen it up but once you do, there is none better. the only drawback is that it took forever to get delivered and it only has the one peg on the bottom but those are minor details on an absolute perfect guitar

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality Guitar

By Danny

from Irvine, CA

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was debating between the Taylor 110E and this guitar, and was immediately drawn to this one. It has the authentic feel and even that beautiful smell of any Martin guitar, as well as a very warm tone (put on a set of Elixir strings and you get a nice bright/warm combo). I was impressed with the sound quality when plugged in, and very well satisfied with the Fishman Classic 4 pickup that lets you adjust brilliance, treble, middle, and bass. I have had this guitar for two years now without any problems, and it is still in wonderful condition. All I have to say is, for such a great price, it is well worth it to join the Martin family. =)

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not my Fathers Martin

By Tazman2001

from San Diego

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went to a music store yesterday and saw this guitar sitting on a stand. Something about it looked peculiar so I picked it up and was checking it out. I looked in the sound hole and noticed it was made in Mexico. The salesman then told me it was made out of some kind of laminate. Not made in USA, not wood, is nothing sacred anymore? When I "thought" of Martin, I thought of made in the US of quality wood guitars. Disappointed to say the least!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar for the price.

By Daniel Theriault

from Florida

Comments about Martin DXME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this DXMI one and a half years ago. It was made in mexico. The sound is perfect but not to record music. good to make a gig, and partys and stuff. Sounds excellent for acoustic playing only. Too quiet for lead guitar playing. But an excellent guitar for the price. Recommend it very very mutch.

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