Martin X Series 2015 DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Martin guitars from the X series feature patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professionally installed ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Martin guitars from the X series feature patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professionally installed Fishman electronics. The result: great-sounding, great-playing guitars, that are 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 to players dedicated to live performance.

The 6-string Martin DX1AE acoustic-electric guitar features a D-14 platform, a dreadnought body design producing big, round sound. Pairing the Sitka spruce top with the mahogany-pattern HPL back and sides, the Martin DX1AE belts out rich clarity and plenty of projection. The mortise and tennon neck joint ensures solid construction of the instrument, with optimal resonant tone, while eliminating drop-off in the finer dynamics.

The Martin guitar's stratabond neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of wood 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 modified low oval neck shape, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, and 16" radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard.

The Martin DX1AE guitar features proven Sonicore pick-up technology with the Fishman Sonitone system featuring "easy access" volume and tone controls conveniently and strategically located just inside the sound hole.

Dressed in a satin finish and featuring chrome tuners, chrome hardware, this acoustic electric guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin, 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.

All Martin guitars from the X Series arrive stage ready‚ÄĚjust plug them in and play. All X Series guitars also include a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Martin has always made prudent use of natural resources, especially rare or endangered tonewoods in making their guitars. At the same time, it's committed to building guitars of superior tone and playability that are affordable to every guitarist. The Martin DX1AE guitar from the X Series more than meets both of these criteria.

Features
  • Body design: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Multiple Black/White Boltaron with Red Fiber
  • Top bracing pattern: A-Frame ''X-1''
  • Top braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back material: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Side material: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Neck material: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
  • Headplate: Mahogany Pattern HPL
  • Fingerboard material: Black Richlite
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • # of frets clear: 14
  • # of frets total: 20
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
  • Finish top: Hand Rubbed Finish
  • Bridge material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge style: Belly
  • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with small buttons
  • Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Light Phosphor bronze (msp4100)
  • Bridge & end pins: White with black dots
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Color
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Interior label: Foil Label
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinX Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Do yourself a favor try this guitar!

I was looking for a guitar that sounded great and on my way to guitar center I was thinking.... I wonder how much this is going to set me back. I promised...Read complete review

I was looking for a guitar that sounded great and on my way to guitar center I was thinking.... I wonder how much this is going to set me back. I promised myself to only go by 2 things and 2 things alone great sound and easy playabillity. I tried alot of different guitars from cheap to ouch my wife is going to flip. When I picked up this Martin DX1AE I gave it to my wife and said hold on to this dont put it down!. Then I tried to see if anything else came close to it. I tried alot and I mean alot of great guitars but this guitar is the one I kept coming back to. I kept thinking is this the right price tag on this thing?. My hat is off to Martin for making such a great sounding well built guitar that was easy on my wallet and I will always keep them in mind before buying any other brand. Dont believe me try it yourself.

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problems already

I bought the Martin DX1AE after playing it at my local Guitar Center. It had that "Martin" sound. After three months the laminate is peeling off the back of the...Read complete review

I bought the Martin DX1AE after playing it at my local Guitar Center. It had that "Martin" sound. After three months the laminate is peeling off the back of the guitar. I broke a string so I put new Martin Phosphor Bronze Lights on it and over time the neck seemed to be pulling forward, action getting too high to bar a chord. Despite a truss rod hole, to my surprise there is no rod to adjust the neck. I'm sorry to say I'm disappointed in Martin for the quality of this guitar. Waiting to hear about Warranty repair since that is all I expect to receive.

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(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do yourself a favor try this guitar!

By J K

from Home PA

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was looking for a guitar that sounded great and on my way to guitar center I was thinking.... I wonder how much this is going to set me back. I promised myself to only go by 2 things and 2 things alone great sound and easy playabillity. I tried alot of different guitars from cheap to ouch my wife is going to flip. When I picked up this Martin DX1AE I gave it to my wife and said hold on to this dont put it down!. Then I tried to see if anything else came close to it. I tried alot and I mean alot of great guitars but this guitar is the one I kept coming back to. I kept thinking is this the right price tag on this thing?. My hat is off to Martin for making such a great sounding well built guitar that was easy on my wallet and I will always keep them in mind before buying any other brand. Dont believe me try it yourself.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Amazing, Superior Guitar, Affordable Price

By Branden

from Seekonk, MA

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

For a while I had been playing on a really cheap "trainer" guitar as me and my dad would call it, one whose sound was not great and was very hard to play. So I decided I would head over to guitarcenter and look for a new acoustic. I wanted something that sounded good, but was also right around my price range of 500 or less. With this Martin DX1AE I was completely blown away in both areas. I found it sitting all by itself in the "expensive" acoustic section of the room and I just picked it up and began playing; It was unbelievable. Most of all I couldnt believe the price it sounded better than some of the more expensive guitars in there and at a price tag of 489 it was only a fraction of the cost. If you are thinking about buying this guitar and have about the same price range of 500 you CANNOT go wrong. It has an amazing bold and rich sound to it, the fretboard is amazingly smooth and the strings are very easy to play. Fretting chords and playing riffs is so smooth and it is a real treat to play. As well it gives you great versatility; it has a true and deep acoustic sound to it with the ease of plug in and play electronics for any small gig you might want to play. I am no professional musician by any means but this guitar is perfect for anyone who has a few years experience and just loves to play for fun with friends or even for your friends. Two thumbs way up! Great Brand, Great Guitar, Great Price. Period. If you want a good guitar Martin is your brand.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 Stars and Then Some!!

By Hops

from Edgewood, KY

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for about 2 years on a "starter" guitar and just upgraded to the Martin DX1AE. It looks, sounds, feels and even smells amazing!! I went from playing 30 -45 minutes a day to about an hour and a half now(at least). This guitar will make you want to get better and it will motivate you to play more. Sounds great plugged in, even on a small, cheap amp. If you are looking in the $300 - $500 range, look no further. You will love it!!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like it

By Jason

from STL, MO

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Stays in tune well, very minor tuning, if any, from session to session. Sounds very good for Martins "low end" guitar. Sure, a little more $ but well worth the investment. Ask for a discount and they will do it, got mine for fourtwentythree. Humidify and it will play look and even smell great!

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in its class

By Allan Cruz

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Nothing fancy about this guitar but no big deal for me as I am more interested on the sound quality. Best sound quality in its class, very well made and very easy to play. Go test this guitar yourself.... It's made in Mexico and the back, sides and neck are manufactured wood but this doesn't affect the sound quality in my opinion and what the heck, it only cost me $399 (I have a $100 coupon discount). It has a solid spruce top though and this is what got me to choose this guitar. If you are in the market for a guitar in the $500 range, you won't go wrong with this one (plus it's a Martin).

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best I tried in the price range....a can't miss choice!

By Chris

from The Colony, TX

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I needed a steel string acoustic that could plug into an amp if need be that was in my price range. My main criteria outside of that was sound and playability. In regards to sound, my main preference was sound as played acoustically. I mention that because I used to have an Ovation that sounded great through an amp, but really lacked a great sound when un-plugged. I had viewed some brands/models on the web before heading into the store. Based on that, I was leaning toward a flashy Takamine. When I got to the store, I tried the ones I had seen on the web, but something was lacking in sound mostly and some in feel. I tried about 7 different acoustics, and was about to settle for a Fender when I saw this Martin on the wall. Having had a friend with a Martin, I knew they were good, but didn't think they had anything less than $1K. I pulled it down and immediately noticed it was lighter, easier to hold, had better wood on the top, and had easy to play action. Those things alone could have swayed me, but I had to strum to check the sound. Once I did, I knew immediately that it was the right one. The tone is very warm, resonant, and projected well from a volume perspective. It had enough low end to counter-balance the warmth at the top of the tone spectrum. To put it in simple terms, it just sounded to me how an acoustic 6-string should sound. If there is anything missing, the convenience of a built in tuner and multi-level EQ could be mentioned, but the tone is good enough that I'm not sure how much better an EQ would make it (besides, I can do that within my DAW software after the fact and there is a tone control knob that does some of that) and I don't know how good the built-in tuners work anyways. Again, those are small things someone other than me might complain about, but if your decision hinges more on those things than on the sound, then the music coming out of your guitar can't be that great anyways. In conclusion, I can't recommend this enough to either a long time player who wants a great sounding mid-lower priced guitar or even for a new player starting out. I can't compare it to a $3,000 guitar, as I've not yet been able to afford one, but just try this one and you'll likely agree.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow.

By Nick

from Georgia

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i have had this guitar for about a year, and it is amazing. you would think that it wouldn't be as nice as say, a d-28, a d-18, or any of those other expensive martins, but this sounds just as good! also, the laminate back and sides, are GREAT. i was a bit skeptical at first, but it turned out very nice. it projects the sound very well, and doesn't scratch as easy as a fully wood guitar. i recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a nice martin at a nice price, and anyone who is a beginner, intermediate or expert player. :)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing tone

By Jake

from Boston, massachusetts

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is great. Amazing tone. Amazing look. Stays in tune. The only problem I had with this guitar was the strings that came with it weren't so great. I would recommend the elixir polyweb strings to really bring out that warm Martin tone. This guitar sounds great plugged in too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So rich

By Mario Pena

from Rancho Cucamonga CA

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I cant get over how rich and balanced this guitar sounds and it smells great too. Its true inspiration to play everyday :) <<Yep thats me everyday! For about 2 months I knew I wanted to upgrade my guitar from my beginner guitar and while I thought I had my mind made up with Taylor (well I least I thought I did) their dreadnaught body never felt natural to my playing style. Martin really did feel natural with my playing style. I was willing to pay up too 700 dollars on my new guitar but when making comparisons I dont feel in anyway cheated for going for the less expensive of my choices. If your criteria is a great jamming guitar without a lot of flair and on a budget- Do Yourself A Favor and play this! Before you invest a few hundred bucks on a guitar.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By John Choi

from Lawrenceville, Georgia

Comments about Martin X Series DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

When i first heard about this guitar i thought it sounded pretty cool, because of the name Dx1. But not only that but this guitar is amazing i gotta say, it looks very sexy, with the hidden electronic features, which makes it clean looking. the sound is very tone, and crisp,and perfect for me. This guitar i think is VERY cheap for the qualitites, so if you get a chance to see one and play it you will know what i mean. It blew me away, and hope this helps.

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