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Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Martin's X Series Guitars feature a patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce or sapele (mahogany) top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professio... Click To Read More About This Product


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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Martin's X Series Guitars feature a patented high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce or sapele (mahogany) top, patented mortise and tenon neck construction, and professionally installed Fishman electronics. The result: great-sounding, great-playing guitar, that is 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 for players dedicated to live performance and studio recording.

The 6-string X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a D-14 dreadnought body designed to produce a powerful, well-balanced tone that is perfect for live performance and in the studio. Pairing the Sitka spruce top with the Macassar-pattern HPL back and sides, the X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought has a big, punchy tone, with all the sustain you have come to expect from a Martin guitar. The mortise-and-tenon neck joint ensures solid construction of the guitar, with optimal resonant tone, while eliminating drop-off in the finer dynamics.

The Martin guitar's laminate birch neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of Birch 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 neck is fashioned with a Performing Artist neck shape and taper, 25.4 in. scale, 1-3/4 in. nut width, and 16 in. radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard.

This X Series Martin acoustic guitar comes compete with the Fishman Sonitone. The Fishman Sonitone features a soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone. The controls are mounted conveniently under the soundhole. All you have to do is plug in and play.

You’ll have a great acoustic guitar sound, right out of the box. This guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin guitar, 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.

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The Dreadnought
The very first Dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become arguably, the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world.


  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce 
  • Back & sides: Macassar-pattern HPL 
  • Bracing pattern: X 
  • Body finish: Hand-rubbed
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: Performing Artist Profile High Performance Taper
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Neck wood: Birch Laminate
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Hand-rubbed
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
  • Headstock overlay: Macassar-pattern HPL
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Saddle & nut: White Tusq, White Corian 
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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MartinX Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Excellent Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar for the price

By Jazzman

from Orange County, CA

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  • Full and clean tonal quality
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live performances
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went to my Guitar Center looking for a mic that was on sale for a ridiculously low price. Of course they were out of them. That was no surprise for a mic that was 75% off. While wandering around Pro Audio, I saw a guitar and mic set up with a small PA for a singer songwriter promotion they had going on. I went over to check it out and saw that the guitar was a Martin Dreadnought Acoustic Electric which was on sale. I sat down and started playing it. The action was incredible, but It seemed to me like the sound wasn't as rich as when I tried similar Martin Dreadnoughts before and there was some buzzing. However, I was intrigued. I've owned, Fenders, Gibsons, Guilds and other acoustic guitars in the past, but never a Martin... and I've always wanted a Martin. So, when I saw Chris, the manager, who is an excellent guitar player, I asked him about it and he came over to check it out. It seems that it was re-strung with lighter gauge strings which lowered the action, but also created some buzz on the higher frets. We took it over to Johnathan who is one of their repair and set up guys and he confirmed. Chris then brought out a new one from the back. There was the rich tone I was expecting to hear, but the action was a bit higher and harder to play. I played both of them comparing the differences when Johnathan came over to check it out for me. He said that the action was perfect and that with the normal gauge strings the action would seem higher and could be a a bit more difficult to play. After a few minutes of playing it and adjusting, I started feeling much more comfortable with it. I asked them to hold it for me while I went home to check on finances and mull it over. That was when this other "sales" person tried to push the sale, saying that he had just sold one that there might not be any left. Little did he know that I had already learned from Chris that there were plenty in stock. (more about him below). I came back that day, purchased the guitar and love it.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Not sure if this is common...

By Neil

from Lehi, UT

About Me Professional Musician


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound


  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar 4 days ago after having sat down and played every single guitar even of the same general model by martin as well as many competitors near the 1,000 dollar price range. This guitar by far out shined the rest including the solid wood guitars. At the time I wasn't aware of the HPL back and sides I simply looked at the price, picked it up and played it. If it felt good and sounded great that is what I cared most about. Specs were minor to me as I know from many years experience it is not always the most expensive guitar in the room that best suits your needs. All this being said I went home with this Martin and began research on it to know more about what I had so I could care for it as well as be well versed in what exactly it was I would be playing. Knowing the tone, feel and everything important was solid and taken care of the rest was simply trivial to me. I did not have much time at all to play it the first few days so it acclimated to my studio that is very controlled and where 15 other guitars live and have been for years. On day 3 I picked up the guitar and began to play, great tone. It was loud and clear but I noticed some slight buzz on the 12th fret of every string... I figured honestly the humidity from the store to my house was a factor and that the acclimation had left the guitar needing a slight adjustment. Every string being buzzy ever so slightly seemed not a big deal so I played and planned to take this to my guitar tech and have him adjust is as he has with all my guitars that play flawlessly. Day 4... I picked it up and now it buzzed bad from 9th fret to the 14th fret ON EVERY STRING! not only that but the first string was completely dead from the 12th through the 13th. I am sorry but HPL or not this is not normal and is not in my opinion an indicator to a Martin let alone any guitar that needs minor adjustments. I will be taking this guitar back today and purchasing a new one that doesn't have this issue.


Great guitar for a reasonable price.

By Luis

from Green Brook, NJ

Verified Buyer


  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Martin X Series DCX1AE Macassar Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is a great sounding guitar. If you like Crosby Stills and Nash Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Emerson Lake and Palmer, America, this is the guitar for you . It's also great for blues, power chords (unplugged) so you can hear your technique , And yes even jazz chords are great on this great guitar. The sound is clean, clear and, crisp.
    And yes to top it off, this is an acoustic electric guitar for such a reasonably low price.

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