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Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural 886830951145

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H98404007001001
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The Martin X Series Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a D-14 platform and a Dreadnought body design that produces the rich, dynamic sound and look that Martin is known for. Pairing the solid... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Martin X Series Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a D-14 platform and a Dreadnought body design that produces the rich, dynamic sound and look that Martin is known for. Pairing the solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany-grained high pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides, the CSTDX-1 features a non-cutaway style body, sure to please any level of player. Case sold separately.

FEATURES

Full dreadnought size
Solid Sitka spruce top
Mahogany HPL back and sides
Rust stratabond neck with black richlite fingerboard
Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
Model: DX1AE
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: 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
Back Purfling: none
Side Material: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
Endpiece: none
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: none
Top Inlay Style: none
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
Headplate: Mahogany Pattern HPL
Heelcap: none
Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: none
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: none
Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Finish
Finish Neck: none
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 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color
Interior Label: Foil Label
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MartinX Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome acoustic sound

By Raj Sh

from San Jose

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I went to guitar center store to pick up a new guitar. After playing Fender, Ibanez, Seagull, Gibson and Martin, I decided to get this one. I was blown away by how this guitar sounds. It has just the right amount of base and warmth and resonance. I played a 2500$ Gibson and a 2500$ Martin and was shocked to find out that this model was very close in sound to the expensive ones. In fact, when in the acoustic room, I noticed that this guitar sounded cleaner and resonated much more compared to the expensive ones. Although it has a laminated back, it does have a solid top which adds to that great sound. This guitar is unbeatable in this price range. The Gibson sounded a bit harsher, while the Martin sounds like butter. Go check it out and see for yourself.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Daniel Kinsella

from Fayetteville, NC

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

You will not find a better guitar than this at this price range. I bought it for my son and they were on sale when they first came out and I seriously should have bought 3 of them...2 for me. The sound is crisp and bright yet full. The feel is like butter, so smooth. I have a $1500 Takamine that I would put this toe-to-toe with. Even though the back and sides are made of laminate, the top is solid Sitka spruce which makes the difference. The quality is classic Martin. Can't beat it. If you're on the fence, buy one. You won't be disappointed.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin X Series Dreadnought

By RICHARD

from Alcoa, Tennessee

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

After spending decades as a "beginner" guitar player, I decided to get a little more serious about it. My old cheap 1980s department store guitar was limiting me as much as anything, so I decided to get a "step up" guitar. While I pretty much just play for me, I wanted something playable that I enjoyed hearing. I looked at a lot of guitars in the $250-$600 range. I tried dreadnoughts, OOOs, the GS mini, etc., from Yamaha, Taylor, Blueridge, Epiphone, Seagull... pretty much played the inventory. When I picked up the Martin DX-1 and strummed it, there was a richness of sound that kind of shook my soul. I considered the same version with the on-board electronics, but it was an additional $80 and I doubted I would use them anytime soon. If so, I understand that they can be installed for about $100, so I stayed with the simplicity f pure acoustics for now. I could talk about the HPL Stratabond, and solid sitka, etc., but that's just specs. To be honest, as a traditionalist, I was concerned about the synthetics in place of all solid woods that legacy instruments have. But in the end, I decided it was okay. I don't know why it sounds the way it does, don't really care. I just love the sound. There are no fret markers on the fretboard itself, but there are markers along the top. I haven't missed the front-facing markers a bit. No purfling, which is fine... I think too much decoration on an instrument makes it look pretentious anyway. The guitar is simple, but does not look cheap at all IMO, and I have had several unsolicited compliments on it. But acoustic guitars are about sound and playability, and the sound on this one really touched something in me. The richness of the sound is unmatched at this price point. Quite playable, intonation is dead on as you would expect. It comes, of course, with Martin strings which I find a little coarse feeling, so I am considering changing to some lighter, smoother ones (maybe Eddie Ball). But I want to have an extra set of the original strings on hand before I change in case it doesn't work out. If this is within your price range, you really ought to try this one before making a buying decision. Maybe it touches your soul, too.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The right guitar for me!

By Eddie

from Redwood City, CA

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

My reason for choosing the Martin X1-D Custom was more for practical purposes than anything else. I currently travel to Colorado 5 or 6 times a year and I really don't like lugging around a guitar with me on airline flights. As much as I really wanted a rosewood Martin Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric, spending 4 times more for this purpose didn't make reasonable sense. The great news is, to me, the X1-D Custom dreadnaught style actually sounds better unplugged than the GPCPA4. Although when compared to the X1-DE (with built-in pickup), the GPCPA4 is far better when plugged in to a PA, which makes it a much better choice for stage performance. But stage performance is not what I will be using the X1-D Custom for. I tried pretty much every acoustic guitar in the room under $500 and nothing felt as easy to play or sounded as good as the X1-D Custom. It was better than many of the guitars over $500! The GC associate, Kris, was very helpful and understood what I was looking for and never tried to up-sell me. I believe the Martin X1-D Custom is an excellent entry level or casual use guitar. I suggest you give it a try.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bang for the buck

By Gdad

from Hamilton Ma.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • action a little high from the bridge

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I never tire of playing this beautiful sounding guitar, It makes me sound better than I am. I have a bunch of other guitars but this is the one I always go for. It just sounds amazing I have compared it to $ 2500.00 Taylors and it just sounds better. Maybe I just got a really good one.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

X Series

By carl

from little rock, ar

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I have the 000X1AE, which, except for shape, very much like the X1D. I like all of the X series. I was blindfolded, handed guitars in this price range, and I picked this one, not knowing what brand it was. I still love it. I did lower the action some. Because of the laminate and composite materials used (except for the top), I feel free to take it anywhere, even camping. I can leave the HD28 at home, safe in the closet.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

surprised

By bob

from Stephenville Texas

Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

when I opened the box I was a little surprised at the lack of detail on the edges, just kind of rounded over with a router. After tuning the surprise changed, those rounded edges make it great for playing. Very comfortable to hold. The sound and playability is amazing. I have a dozen guitars just to play for fun. I keep this one close by and will grab it first.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

X1-D Martin is winner

By Essy Em

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have several Martin guitars (12-string, 000, D28) and got this one to travel with as my practice instrument so as not to risk the more expensive ones. The sale price was the first attraction, I'll admit. But it has that great Martin sound and once you get over that it does not have all the fancy jewelry of its more expensive siblings, you'll enjoy how warm and rich it sounds. I'm glad I have it.

     
    5.0

    Much Better Than Expected

    By FRANC

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I've played a lot of acoustic guitars in my day and own several (Zager OM, Yamaha A3R, 1971 Yamaha FG300, Epi Hummingbird Pro, to mention a few), but was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of this Martin guitar. The sound is amazing and, after adjusting the truss rod to lower the strings a bit, it plays great. The solid top booms much more than the Epi AJ220S I recently bought and returned. All in all, this is a great Martin that I plan to use with my Bill Lawrence pickup when playing small gigs.

       
      5.0

      Do not regret ordering online.

      By Wayne

      from MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Has the great Martin sound. Rosewood is very nice looking.

         
        4.0

        Excellent acoustic guitar

        By David

        from CT

        About Me Novice

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin X Series X1-D Custom Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Very good guitar. Great for novice or someone who needs a first acoustic guitar with solid quality.

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