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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • 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 32 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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(57 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin DX1

By Broke Dad

from Park City, Ut.

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(29 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy Guitar

By pmeinecke

from Toledo, OH

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This Guitar really proved its worth when I allowed my friends to play it. At first I would cringe when they bumped it on chairs and walls and everything else imaginable but after awhile I grew accustomed to this guitar being banged around. The point is that this guitar has been beat up yet still looks as good as it did on the day I bought it. Also worthy of being mentioned is that it sounds just like a Martin. So if you want a less expensive option that you don?t have to keep in an airtight case and worry about every time it takes a ding yet still sounds as good as Martin?s priced much more expensive, than this is your guitar.

(29 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not too old to learn new tricks.

By Old Guy

from Yreka, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

After a 32 year break from playing, I went shopping for an Ovation to treat myself in my old age. All I really knew is that I did NOT want some boxy dreadnought. But after having another willing and helpful shopper play about 25 different guitars of every brand and price imaginable (he played the same classic piece, which made it easy to compare them), I hated to admit it, the boxy looking DX1 Dreadnought blew away everything else under $1000 (one $999.00 Taylor came close). As midnight approaches, my fingertips are sore, and my cheeks hurt from grinning.'Smoke On The Water' and 'The Beverly Hillbillies' never sounded so good on the old Epiphone. I don't think I sounded this good back in the 70's.

(25 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar at a Great Price

By notredamejames

from Key Biscayne, FL

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I love this guitar. It has a rich sound that fills the room like no other. It is easy to play and is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen. I cherish this guitar more than any other material object I have ever owned, regardless of the price. It is very affordable, even for a student like me. I would recommend (and have recommended) this guitar to anyone who plays.

(23 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My guitar teacher loves it!

By Roxie

from Charlottesville, VA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went with my husband to buy him a guitar, saw the most beautiful Martin on display. Took it down, started to play it just for fun and could not put it down! My husband never did buy a guitar, but I did. Even my guitar instructor loves to play it. I love everything about this guitar: how it sounds, how it feels and even the warmnth of the wood. Best of all--I LOVE playing it!

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar for the price.

By Amnesty667

from Media, PA.

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went into my local music store to try out a Taylor Big Baby. I saw this guitar and decided to give it a try, immediatly I was blown away. I could not stop playing. I loved the feel on the guitar as well, there is something about the raw feel of the body that inspires me.

(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.

(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!!

(9 of 9 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.

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first

By Devo

from S. Louis, MO

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

As a novice player with about a month under my belt, I was shopping for a guitar that was going to last and give me the urge to keep playing. The DX1 has such a smooth tone and deep response. Not knowing a whole lot about guitars, a Martin was recommended by a good friend who has been playing all his life. As soon as I bought it, I rushed to his house to show it off and well, to have him play it for me... He was amazed and played it for about two hours, breaking it in for me. Without a single doubt, I know that I have made the right choice. Price, quality and sound....excellent. Now I only wish that I already know how to play so I can enjoy it even more.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DX1

By AxLe25

from Palos Verdes, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is my first guitar and Im proud to own it. I've been playing the guitar now for a little over a month, but I can tell the DX1 is a very nice guitar. Everytime I play it, I receive a number of compliments from players who have been playing for their whole lives! The sound is exceptionally good and it has a deep "voice." Whether you're playing for fun, serenading your lover, or rocking out with your friends, the DX1 will not fail you. Plus, I love my guitar's nice wood smell! :D

(4 of 5 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.

(4 of 10 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding/Great looking Guitar

By Richey Rich

from Seattle WA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Haven't had a Martin since the good'ol 70's Had to buy one before I leave to Europe this Summer. And I really like the quality sound of this DX-1. Lovely quitar!!

(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.

(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.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Simply Amazing ...

By Jim Campbell

from Chino Hills, CA

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I received a DX1 as a gift from my family. I was planning on purchasing a "beater" guitar that I could take places I would never dream of taking some of my other guitars. The family decided to surprise me and went in together to buy this guitar for me. Normally this would never fly with me because I am extremely fussy about my instruments and like to evaluate several before I buy. This time was an exception. The instrument was flawless. The manufacturing techniques involved in this instrument are rather innovative. The top uses the Martin "A Frame" brace configuration and a really nice piece of Sitka spruce. The grain was straight and tight. The neck is made of Stratabond which is just a fancy term for a multi-laminate neck which is dimensionally very stable. The back and sides are made of a wood product called High Density Laminate (HDL)which isn't all that different from the flooring equivalent which is very durable. The braces are all Sitka spruce as well. So, not a lot of exotic woods went into the construction of this axe but you wouldn't know it from the sound. You might even call it a "green" guitar. The thing that impressed me the most is the tonal balance. This guitar has a very nice well distributed tone. It isn't week at the bottom like so many in this price category. The tonal response and projection is pretty amazing across the whole range. The action from the factory was flawless. Treble strings are close and fast without fret rattle. Bass strings have a little additional relief just the way I like it. The bottom line, it plays like a Martin and sounds like a Martin without the typical Martin price tag. I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great second guitar!

By Diana

from Los Angeles

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Ten years ago before I knew anything about guitars and guitar playing I bought the Fender DS-9. I got it because it was the cheapest one ($175) at the store and I was familiar with the Fender name, and it had a simple but appealing appearance. The Fender although really cheap is better looking in my opinion and still sounds fine but its just harder for a small person to use. I love to play but could not play for very long sitting in a chair or on the bed. I am 5' with really small hands. I'm fond of playing classical music but don't want to deal with the wider necks. With money saved I shelled out the $500 recently for this guy. The body is thinner, the sides go in deeper so it sits lower, the action is lower, the sound is better and I can play longer. Heck.. its a Martin with a solid top... its a step up from what I had before..sure to last me ten years and beyond.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great tone

By Brandon

from Colorado

Comments about Martin DX1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar as my first and am very pleased with the tone. The substain is remarkable for an instrument of this price. Saying that I am disapointed that it is advertised as American made and is actually made in Mexico. Also, possibly due to the dry climate I live in I have already had to have the instrument in the shop for a professional set up as I was getting a little buzz on the 1 and 2 strings. Overall an excellent choice though and the best tone of an instrument at this price I haveshopped.

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