Martin X Series 2015 DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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The Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top with a patented neck mortise. And with the unique bracing pattern you get the same hallmark tone and projection as much more expensive... Read More

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The Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid spruce top with a patented neck mortise. And with the unique bracing pattern you get the same hallmark tone and projection as much more expensive models. The HPL body is super durable, guaranteeing years of playing pleasure.

Features
  • Solid spruce top
  • Patented neck mortise
  • Unique bracing pattern offers excellent tone and projection
  • HPL body is super durable
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MartinDX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

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Martin DX1

I bought this for my daughter's birthday and a DM for myself at the same time. I can't decide which to give her because they both sound so beautiful...just different. The DX1...Read complete review

I bought this for my daughter's birthday and a DM for myself at the same time. I can't decide which to give her because they both sound so beautiful...just different. The DX1 is deeper, warmer and louder. The action and necks are identical, they both play as sweet as can be and this guitar cost 200 bucks less! I consider this Martin's answer to the Ovation because of the composite neck and body but the Martin just sounds so much better.

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Sorely Disappointed- "Dx1= Formica Guitar!"

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to...Read complete review

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to replace my Sigma-Martin DM-1 which was stolen. That was a beautiful guitar, with amazing sound and play. Every musician friend I have who's ever played it was very surprised and impressed with it. Unfortunately, Martin discontinued the Sigma brand 3 years ago in 2007. I figured based on the description that the DX1 was the same guitar, but with the Martin name in place of the Sigma name. That is until I looked more closely. The DX1 reminds me of the formica material used for office desktops, and they don't even try to hide the fact. Even the neck is laminated wood and the finger board is some plastic material that resembles ebony. The whole thing [while sounding OK] felt wrong in my hands; the head-stalk was too heavy and body too light and too small. It felt like a joke. I was very skeptical of all the other low ratings I read but had to be sure for myself. I'm glad I took the time to check it out before I pulled the trigger. I would have been VERY upset. There are PLENTY of other guitars in this price range [and cheaper] with all *REAL* wood components that feel MUCH better. I am so sad now and really miss my Sigma, I only wish I knew what I had then; I would have taken better care of it. Sorry guys, I hate to burst your bubble but any of the "X" line guitars from Martin just aren't worth it.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in Class

By Terry C.

from Trenton, GA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I shopped Gibsons, Taylors, and Martins. The DX1 is stunning to listen to as well as play. The action on the neck is effortless, even with my big fat hands (size 14 ring). I even played this along side more expensive Martin's and they played and sounded identical. The full rich sound coming from this instrument will really surprize you. I've since put a set of Martin "Clapton's Choice" strings on, and the tone generation is nothing short of spectacular. If you're on a small budget with a big heart for music, this guitar is where you need to be. They ran out of stars for this review 7 stars no problem.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Luke Wardman

from SC

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is great. There is no flaws about it. It is not a very heavy guitar but its not too light. The wood is a nice solid spruce, with a nice smooth neck. I recommend this guitar to intermediate/advanced players but is also easy to play for beginners. The price is great also. If you want to drop the price down some, find the same guitar online and bargain with store officials.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes me want to play

By Johnny Dimez

from Virginia Beach, VA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

After receiving a Wilburn fresh from the floor of Target for Christmas 08', I finally picked it up after getting a gift certificate for lessons in 09'. After a few lessons I began to enjoy the "idea" of playing guitar, but playing was a task and I was forcing myself to pick up the Washburn. I mentioned this to a guitar playing friend and he suggested that I go into Guitar Center and play a few guitars. That's when I heard someone playing a guitar that sounded fantastic. It was the DX1. I waited impatiently for him to leave, and then played it. It was amazing, this guitar plays great, action is awesome, and the warm tone is magnificent. After buying and playing this guitar I can say that I WANT to play now. I think about this guitar all the time. I will be dead tired and I still get my practice time in. BTW, this guitar plays and sounds better with non-coated strings.

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(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sorely Disappointed- "Dx1= Formica Guitar!"

By Doc_V

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I was sorely disappointed when I got to see the DX1 in person. I almost ordered it "sight-unseen" just considering it's a Martin. DO NOT DO THIS! I was looking to replace my Sigma-Martin DM-1 which was stolen. That was a beautiful guitar, with amazing sound and play. Every musician friend I have who's ever played it was very surprised and impressed with it. Unfortunately, Martin discontinued the Sigma brand 3 years ago in 2007. I figured based on the description that the DX1 was the same guitar, but with the Martin name in place of the Sigma name. That is until I looked more closely. The DX1 reminds me of the formica material used for office desktops, and they don't even try to hide the fact. Even the neck is laminated wood and the finger board is some plastic material that resembles ebony. The whole thing [while sounding OK] felt wrong in my hands; the head-stalk was too heavy and body too light and too small. It felt like a joke. I was very skeptical of all the other low ratings I read but had to be sure for myself. I'm glad I took the time to check it out before I pulled the trigger. I would have been VERY upset. There are PLENTY of other guitars in this price range [and cheaper] with all *REAL* wood components that feel MUCH better. I am so sad now and really miss my Sigma, I only wish I knew what I had then; I would have taken better care of it. Sorry guys, I hate to burst your bubble but any of the "X" line guitars from Martin just aren't worth it.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good deal

By Eric Vaughn

from Chico, Ca

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Great deal. Sounded great with no adjustments. Nice deap crispy tone. I played the Big Baby Taylor and the DX-1. THe DX-1 is far better IMO. Im sure I wil be playing this guitar for many many years. Buy it!!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the price

By Will

from Mississippi

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I found this guitar at a local music store. I had no idea that Martin made an affordable acoustic. I took it off the wall, played it and fell in love. The quality of the sound and its projection are unbelievable.I have several other models (other brands) that I have bought over the years that wound up in the closest. Never liked the sound that came out of them or how they played. I love this one so much that I bought a Martin DXM (Mexican made...$50 less)on this site to enjoy at my other residence. The quality is about the same, but I prefer the lighter rosewood fret board of the DX1. I never post reviews of products that I purchase, but I truly felt that this was worthy. Thanks, Martin.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy This Guitar

By Charlie

from The Colony, TX

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

My dad has a custom Martin D1 that cost him about twice as much. Play both of these guitars without looking at the price and you wouldn't believe that this guitar is half the price. Once you play it, you'll buy it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Jamesb

from el paso, texas

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I've had another Martin and this guitar is a great buy, it sounds great, plays well and is a great value. Guitar Center is fantastic!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Too Shabby

By AlexL.

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Even though the Martin DX1 is a great bargain, I must say that I am not 100% satisfied. I'm a heavy strummer and the highs don't project very well on the DX1. I even switched to medium gauge (.013) and that's still not enough. The lows aren't as boomy as a comparably priced Epiphone, either. About $50-$100 more will get you a solid wood (mahogany sides/back, spruce top) with the fuller sounding Masterbuilt DR500 series. Still, the DX1 is a GOOD (not GREAT) sounding guitar. It's also cooler to say you own a Martin vs. an Epiphone! The DX1 is extremely easy to play in 1st position, but the neck/body attachment design is extremely difficult to play intricate high register stuff. The back of neck is abnormally thick where it attaches to the body, which makes it awkward to get your fingers/hand around, especially w/o a cutaway. Overall, a good and durable guitar.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Simply a good, affordable guitar

By Aaron

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

After having owned and played this guitar for over a year, I think I�ۡ���m ready to review it. I have been waiting to offer a complete and thorough review as the other really helped me decide on the guitar. For the money and as far as these entry level guitars go you cannot beat the Martin. I played all the other �ۡ��̏affordable�ۡ�ݕ�_ guitars, at least those in this price range, and found the DX1 to have the best tone and sustain. It has quality mids, bright treble and surprising bass quality. The more I play this guitar the more it opens up and the more I really enjoy playing. This guitar made me want to get better and expand my abilities. Great guitar for finger picking or just strumming along. I�ۡ���ve tried several strings on this guitar over the time I have owned but find the Elixir 80/20 Light Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze to really compliment this guitar the best. The 80/20 bronze light keep it nice and bright as do the 80/20 Martin light strings if you prefer that tone. Stay away from the Martin Marquis on this guitar, it killed the sound completely. Tuner quality is exceptional on this guitar as was the set up. Some Martins are high from the factory, this one is just right. My only complaint would be the soft unlaquored top it does not take well to dirt, scratches and dings but the back and sides do. I realize no guitar really does but if you travel with it, like I do, it�ۡ���s gonna take a beating. Other than that, if you�ۡ���re on the fence, go try it. Every single DX1 I played sounded great, the others did not. Do yourself a favor and swap out the strings immediately when you buy it. My verdict, excellent starting/affordable way to own a Martin, you will not be disappointed.

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