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Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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With the X Series Custom X1-000E Martin combines over 180 years of old-world craftsmanship with new technologies for an acoustic-electric guitar that'll bring you pleasure for years. This balanced aud... Click To Read More About This Product

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With the X Series Custom X1-000E Martin combines over 180 years of old-world craftsmanship with new technologies for an acoustic-electric guitar that'll bring you pleasure for years. This balanced auditorium-sized guitar features a solid spruce top, with a customized rosette, and a back and sides made from 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 reliable Fishman electronics, and you're ready to plug into any amp or mixing board. The custom X1-000E gives you that legendary Martin sound and feel at a price that anyone can afford.


Case sold separately.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body type: Auditorium/OOO
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Spruce
  • Back & sides: Durable Forest-Friendly Mahogany Patterned HPL
  • Bracing pattern: A-Frame "X-1"
  • Body finish: Hand-rubbed
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width: Info not available
  • Fingerboard: Black Richlite with ABS position dots
  • Neck wood: Stratabond
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Info not available
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: No
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood HPL
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
  • Bridge: Black Micarta
  • Saddle & nut: Info not available 
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tonewoods
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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MartinX Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The X Series is Absolutely Incredible

In my opinion, these guitars have been so poorly marketed. The only marketing seems to be Martin admitting that there are no frills and almost apologizing for using laminate back and sides by saying...Read complete review

In my opinion, these guitars have been so poorly marketed. The only marketing seems to be Martin admitting that there are no frills and almost apologizing for using laminate back and sides by saying that "at least it is environmentally friendly."

I thought that these guitars were some kind of manufactured blasphemy before I even held one. In fact, I didn't really want to try one. The only gave one a chance because it was the only 000 sized Martin in the store. I was immediately surprised by the quality feel of the neck and the astounding tone coming out of it.

The tone is phenomenal, in fact, it is the most balanced tone I have ever heard from a guitar. The bass sounds great and the highs do not sound cheap or harsh. (Most of the far eastern imports from major manufacturers have way more features but poor feel and harsh tones.)

After trying a few, I picked up the Dreadnaught sized one (the Dx1ae), and now I have also purchased the OOO sized model.

The craftsmanship and comfort of both of them are top notch. It really is the easiest playing neck on an acoustic that I have ever owned. And both guitars stay in tune very well.

The only negative comments that I have on these guitars are:
The neck is heavy. This does kind of throw off the balance of the guitar. It does not matter to me, but there are some that might find this off-putting.
And
The strings that come on it which I believe are the Lifespan strings, don't seem to be the best match for the guitar. I tried a few different sets and ended up with the D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light Strings. These really enhanced the tone with a warm sustain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disaster

Went looking for an inexpensive 000 and thought I'd give Martin's X-Series a try having been fairly pleased with my X-Series Dread. Unfortunately, things seem to be going downhill in Martin's Mexico operation....Read complete review

Went looking for an inexpensive 000 and thought I'd give Martin's X-Series a try having been fairly pleased with my X-Series Dread. Unfortunately, things seem to be going downhill in Martin's Mexico operation. I sampled several of these in two different Guitar Center locations and all had some glaring flaw. I attributed that to rough handling in store and ordered one. Unfortunately, the cabling of the guitar I received was flopping around loose inside and there was a strange greenish tint to the spruce top where it met the neck. I'm not saying every made in Mexico Martin is a lemon but I sure wouldn't buy one I hadn't laid hands on.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The X Series is Absolutely Incredible

By Mike

from Seattle Area

About Me Experienced

Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

In my opinion, these guitars have been so poorly marketed. The only marketing seems to be Martin admitting that there are no frills and almost apologizing for using laminate back and sides by saying that "at least it is environmentally friendly."

I thought that these guitars were some kind of manufactured blasphemy before I even held one. In fact, I didn't really want to try one. The only gave one a chance because it was the only 000 sized Martin in the store. I was immediately surprised by the quality feel of the neck and the astounding tone coming out of it.

The tone is phenomenal, in fact, it is the most balanced tone I have ever heard from a guitar. The bass sounds great and the highs do not sound cheap or harsh. (Most of the far eastern imports from major manufacturers have way more features but poor feel and harsh tones.)

After trying a few, I picked up the Dreadnaught sized one (the Dx1ae), and now I have also purchased the OOO sized model.

The craftsmanship and comfort of both of them are top notch. It really is the easiest playing neck on an acoustic that I have ever owned. And both guitars stay in tune very well.

The only negative comments that I have on these guitars are:
The neck is heavy. This does kind of throw off the balance of the guitar. It does not matter to me, but there are some that might find this off-putting.
And
The strings that come on it which I believe are the Lifespan strings, don't seem to be the best match for the guitar. I tried a few different sets and ended up with the D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light Strings. These really enhanced the tone with a warm sustain.

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disaster

By GS

from Smithfield, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Went looking for an inexpensive 000 and thought I'd give Martin's X-Series a try having been fairly pleased with my X-Series Dread. Unfortunately, things seem to be going downhill in Martin's Mexico operation. I sampled several of these in two different Guitar Center locations and all had some glaring flaw. I attributed that to rough handling in store and ordered one. Unfortunately, the cabling of the guitar I received was flopping around loose inside and there was a strange greenish tint to the spruce top where it met the neck. I'm not saying every made in Mexico Martin is a lemon but I sure wouldn't buy one I hadn't laid hands on.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Guitar!!

      By Big D

      from Nashville,TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church
        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Had my eye on another guitar but, on a whim, i plugged the Martin up. It was wow from the beginning. Has a really cool sound to it. Unlike any of the others i played in this price range. Great feel and playability. I also played the same style in a Taylor and it blew it out of the water. The fit and finish was nice. Action wasn't too high or too low. Had GC set it up for me. Everything was in order. i have a lot of friends that are salesman at various large music stores and they all have had nothing but good things to say about the X series Martins and that says a lot. i like the matte finish. Won't show off those scratches and bumps as easy. If you are a wood-snob then this might not be for you, but for a player.....you can't go wrong. It really has soul. Tons of life!! Just and all around cool guitar.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar for the Price

        By Matt

        from Phoenix

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This a great guitar for the budget. I recommend using medium gauge strings to bring out the low end a bit. it also has great projection for the size!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          An affordable Martin that sounds good.

          By DH

          from N.Y.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I saw this guitar at GC and just couldn't believe the sound. I didn't want the demo so they ordered me one. When it came out of the box the smell of the fresh wood was amazing. I took it to get a set up and with new strings it sounded better than in the store. It should come with instructions on how to shut down the battery as mine has since died. I took off a star because the HPL is flimsy, my wife hit the guitar in the bag and broke a hole in it. I taped it and it still sounds good though. All in all its a nice gigging guitar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Martin on a budget

            By Graive Dinger

            from Asheville, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                The only piece of wood on this whole instrument is the spruce top, but it's a beautiful one. Neck and body are laminate/synthetics, including fingerboard and bridge. Sort of reminds me of an Ovation-ized Martin. Obviously the price reflects that. I find that it performs extremely well in the sub-$600 price range. You still get that big, strong Martin sound, just with less elegant trimmings. For my own purposes, I prefer the all-wood Taylor 100 series in this same price range. But I can see how someone dead set on a Martin would be all over this X series. Both are built in Mexico, by the way, and very well I might add.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Surprising quality

                By Harry

                from Lansdale, PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I always wanted a Martin, but the cost of adding one to my collection was always too high. I found this one on sale at GC, and couldn't resist. I couldn't be happier with the guitar I took home. The fit, finish, and feel of the guitar are amazing, especially considering the price. The neck especially feels great, and shows the quality of the build. You really can't go wrong with any of these entry level Martins.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Exceeding Expectations

                  By Sam

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Purchased on sale, curious about a Martin made from nontraditional materials. The guitar has exceeded my expectations, and sounds much better than the comparable Taylor model. Action is solid, tuning stable, and the neck consistent across. Onboard pickup sounds alright on its own, but will sound much better with an bit of pedal action and EQing instead of straight into a P.A. Side jack is unobtrusive. The guitar itself is quite solid and near impervious to humidity from what "they" say. Looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it. Better than that Little Martin Sheeran uses anyhow...

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent deal!

                  By Dont' have one

                  from New York N.Y.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I played the demo at GC and loved it. But I wanted a new one so they ordered me one. It came to the house and the smell of the wood was wonderful. The guitar plays fine and the sound is like an expensive model's. It is made in Mexico but they have been making guitars there for hundreds of years. The negative is that the back and sides are a laminate, but it still sounds great. A very good deal for the money.

                     
                    5.0

                    BUY THIS GUITAR!!!

                    By Nicholas Park

                    from St Augustine Florida

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Ok I have had quite an interesting experience with this guitar. I bought it at GC in Orange Park, which is in Jacksonville Florida. This guitar has a tone that you usually only get with guitars that are double or triple the price. But I couldn't stand the look of the HPL on the bac and sides. So I returned it after 3 days. I went home and played my other guitars and they just didn't sound anywhere close to the Martin. 3 weeks later I went back to GC. I employee who sold it to me originally was there. I walked up to him with my tail between my legs and said I had made a mistake. I spent 2 hours in the acoustic room playing with other guitars and couldn't find anything in the same price range that even came close to the tone of this guitar. I pulled out my cash and took it back home with me. My other guitars are collecting dust. out of the box the action was great. this guitar just feels really well made. I am so happy I have found this guitar. The only negative for me is that the HPL on the back and sides looks like plastic but god the sound this thing makes is smooth as butter.

                       
                      5.0

                      The one for me

                      By Glo

                      from KCMO

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        Wonderful sound from a guitar that I can't seem to ever put down. Neck is smooth and notes are clear. Smaller size is good for a bad shoulder. It's just about as environmentally friendly you can get for a wooden instrument without sacrificing quality or sound.

                         
                        5.0

                        Full Martin sound for an accessible price point

                        By Tara

                        from New Orleans, LA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                        • Imperfect Materials

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        After playing an open box model of this guitar, I fell in love with the bright tones and quality feel of the instrument. I couldn't believe the sound coming from this model - in fact, I tested it against several of the higher-end Martin models and still found myself favoring the sound of the little low-end auditorium.

                        That being said, I agree with the other reviews: do not purchase this instrument without playing your specific model in person. I played three different models of this instrument, and all three had totally different sounds and feels beyond what a simple set-up would change.

                        These guitars have very high action, very few frills, and often use imperfect materials - my beautiful sounding guitar has an ugly dark spot engrained in the wood near the bridge that would drive me insane if the sound was any less gorgeous. But to capture that Martin sound at this price point? Worth it, every time.

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome guitar for the money!!!

                        By Evil2gdsm

                        from Radcliff, KY

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Bright Tone
                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                        • Poor Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin X Series Custom X1-000E Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        A lot of people get so tripped up over the fact that this particular Martin is Made in Mexico & that they built it with HPL vs REAL wood... For the money, it is an excellent guitar! I couldn't tell the difference between this one & another that was priced at 1K. I even tried a few others that were in the sub 1K market & kept coming back to this Martin...I was also very impressed with how bright the tone was! I am looking forward to seeing how this guitar holds up! My best advice is to go to GC & pick one up & play it! You be the judge! But with proper care, any guitar should last!

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