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Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural Solid Sitka Spruce Top

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The X1-DE It features a solid spruce top with a customized rosette, and a back and sides made from a durable," forest friendly" HPL material. The strong Stratabond neck and robust Richlight fingerboar... Click To Read More About This Product

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The X1-DE It features a solid spruce top with a customized rosette, and a back and sides made from a durable," forest friendly" HPL material. The strong Stratabond neck and robust Richlight fingerboard are combined to deliver a fast, even playability all across the neck. Equipped with a reliable Fishman electronics, and you're ready to plug into any amp or mixing board. The custom X1-DE has the sound and feel of a highly collectible Martin, but at a price that anyone can afford.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany Pattern HPL back and sides
  • A-Frame ''X-1'' top bracing
  • Black Richlite fingerboard
  • Fishman Sonitone features:
  • Active soundhole mounted preamp
  • Soundhole mounted rotary controls for Volume and Tone
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Type/Shape 6-string dreadnought
    Top: Solid Spruce Top
    Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame "X-1"
    Top Braces: Solid Spruce 5/16"
    Finish Top: Hand Rubbed
    Back and Sides: Durable Forest-Friendly Mahogany Patterned HPL
    Neck: Stratabond
    Neck Shape: Modified low oval
    Headplate: Mahogany-patterned HPL with printed logo
    Fingerboard: Black Richlite
    Scale length 25.4"
    Number of frets 20
    Bridge: Black Micarta
    Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
    Strings: Martin MSP7100 Lifespan 92/80 Phosphor Bronze Strings
    Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
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MartinX Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Solid Guitar

I have drempt of owning a Martin, for decades, and now I do. Given I didn't have the budget to drop a lot of money for the instrument, I opted for this...Read complete review

I have drempt of owning a Martin, for decades, and now I do. Given I didn't have the budget to drop a lot of money for the instrument, I opted for this one. For the money, I couldn't have chosen better. I amazed at the bottom end this guitar has. It is deep, rich, and full bodied, and yet, crisp. The mids and highs are just as rich, full bodied, and crisp. The action is smooth and fast, allowing the guitar to all but play itself. Do Not let the materials used in its construction to fool you. The Martin Quality is there in spades. Regarding the electrics... this instrument sounds just as good, if not better, plugged into your amp. I play through a full stack, and was concerned about the harmonic distortion, but my concerns were immediately laid to rest, with the first strum of a chord. Unplugged, the guitar booms it's glorious voices when needed but is just as crystaline clear when played softly. Do I recommend this instrument? With a loudly resounding YES, I recommend this guitar to anyone, whether novice to performing professional, and all degrees of proficiency in between. I will say, but it's not a criticism, the finish is interesting, given it's not a high gloss, but a satin-like finish. As with any fine instrument one needs to take care of it.

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Great service, disappointing quality control.

During the Labor Day sale TGC had a great deal on these. My store only had two in stock. I didn't sight down the neck. Heck, it was new it was a...Read complete review

During the Labor Day sale TGC had a great deal on these. My store only had two in stock. I didn't sight down the neck. Heck, it was new it was a Martin. I just played a couple of open chords and heard the sustain and ring that is Martin. I had owned this guitar before and always regretted selling it. It was sturdy and sounded great.

When I found time to sit and bond with it, The further up the fret board I went the more painful it became. Discovering the big Bow in the neck didn't bother me. I could adjust it. My hex key found only air, a large hole where a truss rod should be. I took it back to the store. I told the tech "I just bought this and the neck needs adjusting. Sure, no problem, he replied. I suppressed a smile as he put it on the bench and inserted his hex wrench. "There is no truss rod in this guitar." He told me mine was the second that had come back with no truss rod.

After he told me they were sold out and was a week or so away. He gave me a full refund and that ended that transaction.

The two star rating is based purely on the particular guitar I bought. Everyone can have a bad day but forgetting a truss rod?

Bad purchase, Martin still makes great guitars. Mexico needs better quality control and The Guitar Center rocks.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful AE experience...

By William Brice

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Plays beautifully, rich sound, great action and backed by the premier name in Acoustics...Martin of Nazareth, PA. Mine feels like it was custom shop, just for me. Go play one: solid spruce top, Fishman electronics...you cannot go wrong...just buy it, I am sure you will be as pleased as I am with mine. P.S. Buy a hardshell case for it.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Solid Guitar

By Mikeilah Kennedy-LeFae

from Denver, CO

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have drempt of owning a Martin, for decades, and now I do. Given I didn't have the budget to drop a lot of money for the instrument, I opted for this one. For the money, I couldn't have chosen better. I amazed at the bottom end this guitar has. It is deep, rich, and full bodied, and yet, crisp. The mids and highs are just as rich, full bodied, and crisp. The action is smooth and fast, allowing the guitar to all but play itself. Do Not let the materials used in its construction to fool you. The Martin Quality is there in spades. Regarding the electrics... this instrument sounds just as good, if not better, plugged into your amp. I play through a full stack, and was concerned about the harmonic distortion, but my concerns were immediately laid to rest, with the first strum of a chord. Unplugged, the guitar booms it's glorious voices when needed but is just as crystaline clear when played softly. Do I recommend this instrument? With a loudly resounding YES, I recommend this guitar to anyone, whether novice to performing professional, and all degrees of proficiency in between. I will say, but it's not a criticism, the finish is interesting, given it's not a high gloss, but a satin-like finish. As with any fine instrument one needs to take care of it.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

All Martin and affordable

By kenny croes

from Bandon, Oregon

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Martin X Series is an amazing value. The guitars may be made from eco-friendly, non-traditional materials, but the Martin engineering coaxes a beautiful sound from these instruments. Rest assured the dreadnought delivers that warm powerful bass typical of the more expensive Martins. I recommend that you choose a model with the solid Sitka spruce top for the best response. The Fishman electronics is the only reason I dropped the instrument from 5 stars to 4. The pickup sounds good and clean, but it doesn't deliver a true representation of the acoustic sound. If that's what you're after, you'll need to mic the instrument or change out the pickup. The Martin X Series is worthy of your attention, especially if price is a major consideration. But regardless of affordability, these instruments may represent how good guitars are made in the future what with the growing scarcity of traditional woods.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Phantom of the Gig

By dennis berry

from Alexandria, Virginia

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a long time guitar picker. This guitar has a voice that is Deep, Resonant and Clear. The action on this guitar is wonderful. I have 62 year old "chubby to medium" semi arthritic fingers. This guitar is easy to frett, finger-picking and barr chords. Jam with your friends and eyebrows raise. Harmonic notes to Rock and Roll Riffs.Spanish love songs, or blues,folk or funky "ole soul", this is the boy you bring to the show. When someone writes a masterpiece, no one knows what the author wore. when you play a masterpiece, the sound not the cost, is important. The electronics will provide all and more than one expects.This is a Martin, make no mistake. Strum it, betcha can't just strum it: once. I play my D 35 at home. I take my,Phantom of the Gig, proudly anywhere, and people do talk!!!!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Restart!

By Elizabeth

from Fontana, California

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

*Great tone. Projects well. Extremely Comfortable. Good action. Beautiful.* I've been playing bass for the past few years. Mainly, because the guitar I had previously hurt so bad that I quit... I had pretty much given up on learning how to play guitar because of the pain.. Until, one day I picked up this beauty. I was messing around and found it to be extremely comfortable and not to mention had an amazing tone (never fails with Martin). I just fell in love and knew that if I had this guitar I wouldn't mind practicing on a regular basis. - I purchased it about three weeks ago now and I couldn't be happier. I can't stop playing. I love this guitar so much.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound at a great price

By JOHN HIRST

from Gainesville Virginia

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went in to guitar center after putting together a list of acoustic/electric guitars I researched online. After about an hour of playing the different ones I looked at I decided to buy this Martin. The sound and tone was great. It's action was good and impressed me. I bought the guitar with a hard shell case. After getting it home and playing it for a couple hours, I really was happy with the purchase. This guitar will stay in the family for a long time. I would highly recommend this guitar over the Yamaha models at the same price range. I came close to getting a fender that was 100.00 dollars less but decided in the long run the Martin would be the best way to go. This is a fantastic guitar for anyone starting out or experienced. Go check it out .

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CRYSTAL CLEAR TONE

By WILLIAM

from Levittown, Pa..

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I would not normally write a review of a musical instrument because things like cost and taste and how it sounds to the individual makes a lot of difference to it's desirability but this guitar was a genuine surprise when I first played it. I had to buy a acoustic guitar for a guitar class I was taking and I went to Guitar Center and went in the room where they had the acoustic guitars and started playing the guitars and was there for a while and was not impressed until I played the Martin X! DE. It was like the difference in day and night from the other guitars. I don't care if you get another brand for much more money or a very expensive Martin guitar, this guitar is a sleeper in the industry because of the sound of this guitar. You are not getting any frills in design or some expensive wood that is supposed to give the guitar a special sound. You are getting a guitar that sounds fantastic for a kid or an adult that they can play forever and not feel the instrument isn't keeping up with their skill level. You don't have to spend a fortune for a good guitar. You can get a great sounding quality guitar for a cheap price with this Martin X1 DE.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value!

By Jared

from Fayetteville, AR

Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar as an upgrade from an old guitar I had been borrowing from a friend to see if I would enjoy and stick with playing. I originally was looking at cheaper guitars like the yamaha fg series, and, while those are fine guitars, this Martin was worth every penny more. Many people may question the materials used in this guitar and wonder is 'HPL' can be trusted. From my experience with this guitar it is just as good/better than other laminates and cheaper solid wood guitar I tried. The guitar feels very sturdy in my hand and has the feel of real wood all around, it doesn't look/feel plasticy like other laminate back guitars. When I purchased this guitar I was torn between this and the seagull s6, which is also solid top (cedar) with laminated back/sides (cherry). Both are amazing guitars, especially at their prices. I chose the Martin because of the deeper booming bass it had. The seagull still had plenty of bass but I preferred the fullness of the Martin more. People also talk about a Martin or Taylor tone and how they have a similar sound throughout all their products. I decided to test this by trying several Martin guitars that could be considered similar upgraded models to this one. They all had a similar tone and that 'Martin tone'. It was incredible to hear and feel a similar sound and playability from this $500 guitar to a $2500 Martin. Obviously the higher end models were prettier and a little clearer with solid woods but there absolutely is a similar tone. If you are looking for a deep, full, powerful tone that doesn't drown out higher tones definitely give this guitar a try!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent where it counts

By Customer X

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good electronics
  • Great intonation
  • Rich Sound
  • Smooth Player
  • Solid And Accurate
  • Stable And Permanent
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Genres
    • Live Performace
    • Recording
    • Solo And Accompaniment

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This instrument was quite a surprise. We compared it with other all-wood Martin dreadnoughts in the store ($2000-$3000) and it held its own - Not quite as much sparkle or volume as the high-end models, a little tubbier, but respectable for sure. Plays like butter after a little setup. Simple, clean aesthetics. Neck is stable forever (thin mahogany ply). One piece spruce top and Martin bracing produce the big sound. HPL and Richlite are indestructible.

    May not age as dramatically as an all wood instrument, but that is both a pro... and a con.

    Cannot argue that this Martin is a stunning value. Perfectly pleased.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great service, disappointing quality control.

    By Tuckart

    from Denver, CO

    Pros

    • Fit And Finish Were Great
    • Guitar Center Service
    • It's a Martin

    Cons

    • No Truss Rod
    • Really
    • Zero Truss Rod

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Performance
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin X Series 2015 X1-DE Custom Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    During the Labor Day sale TGC had a great deal on these. My store only had two in stock. I didn't sight down the neck. Heck, it was new it was a Martin. I just played a couple of open chords and heard the sustain and ring that is Martin. I had owned this guitar before and always regretted selling it. It was sturdy and sounded great.

    When I found time to sit and bond with it, The further up the fret board I went the more painful it became. Discovering the big Bow in the neck didn't bother me. I could adjust it. My hex key found only air, a large hole where a truss rod should be. I took it back to the store. I told the tech "I just bought this and the neck needs adjusting. Sure, no problem, he replied. I suppressed a smile as he put it on the bench and inserted his hex wrench. "There is no truss rod in this guitar." He told me mine was the second that had come back with no truss rod.

    After he told me they were sold out and was a week or so away. He gave me a full refund and that ended that transaction.

    The two star rating is based purely on the particular guitar I bought. Everyone can have a bad day but forgetting a truss rod?

    Bad purchase, Martin still makes great guitars. Mexico needs better quality control and The Guitar Center rocks.

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    • No

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