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... Read More
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 $500! The GC associate, Kris, was very helpful and understood what I was looking for and never tried to up-sell me. I believe the Martin X1-D Custom is an excellent entry level or casual use guitar. I suggest you give it a try.
I went to guitar center store to pick up a new guitar. After playing Fender, Ibanez, Seagull, Gibson and Martin, I decided to get this one. I was blown away by how this guitar sounds. It has just the right amount of base and warmth and resonance. I played a 2500$ 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.
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.
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