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The stunning Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series dreadnought was crafted to ensure a full-bodied, lush sound that’s perfect for singer-songwriters, touring musicians and session players. Built from famous Martin high-pressure laminate, this acoustic-electric guitar shares many of the tonal characteristics of wood, with enhanced durability and ethical, sustainable material sourcing. Spruce bracing substantiates the guitar’s volume and tone, while onboard electronics offer the ability to amplify your performance to a larger audience. Additionally, with a Richlite fingerboard and comfortably carved neck, this HPL dreadnought in cognac birdseye plays as well as it looks.  

Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series Dreadnought Body

Historical Dreadnought Shape

C.F. Martin & Co. invented the iconic dreadnought body in 1916. Synonymous with the acoustic guitar, dreadnought-shaped instruments provide a huge sound and commanding low end—ideal for singer-songwriters or solo artists looking for room-filling accompaniment. The Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye dreadnought signifies the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world, and the outline’s sonic power has captivated audiences for over a century. Internally, the X Series HPL Cognac Birdseye dreadnought utilizes spruce bracing in an X pattern to further enrich its tone—technology also developed by Martin in the 1850s.   

Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series Dreadnought Sides

Durable and Sustainable HPL

A defining feature of the Martin X Series dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar is its high-pressure laminate top, back and sides finished in a birdseye maple pattern with a cognac stain. HPL is a durable composite material made from paper and resin that’s topped with an artificial wood pattern for aesthetic purposes—in this case, eye-catching birdseye maple. Using high-pressure laminate lends itself to a sturdier instrument that’s more resistant to climate change, so it’s ideal for touring musicians or those who’d prefer to leave their prized case queen at home. The Martin HPL production process is also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, meeting the highest standards of ethical, sustainable production.    

Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series Dreadnought Neck

Specialized Neck Construction

The Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye dreadnought incorporates a solid mortise-and-tenon neck joint for unwavering stability and optimal resonance with the guitar’s body. The neck material consists of multiple layers of birch, again pressed and bonded under extremely high pressure for strength and stability. Its FSC-certified Richlite fingerboard is smooth and playable to the touch, offering plenty of definition and sustain from chord to chord and note to note. The X Series Dreadnought in cognac birdseye features a Martin high-performance neck shape with a 25.4" scale length and 16" radius for effortless fretting all the way across the board.

Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series Dreadnought Soundhole

Fishman MX-T Electronics

The X Series acoustic-electric dreadnought with an HPL body and cognac birdseye finish amplifies sound using Fishman MX-T electronics. This pickup system consists of a discreetly soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary volume and tone controls, as well as a built-in tuner. Simply plug in, make some quick adjustments, and you’ll have an incredibly rich and dynamic acoustic-electric tone right out of the box, capturing the nuance of a resonant acoustic guitar with the projection required for live performance.   

The Martin HPL Cognac Birdseye X Series dreadnought boasts the impeccable tone of a treasured heirloom acoustic guitar with the cost effectiveness, durability and ethicality of high-pressure laminate. Making no sacrifices in look and feel, the HPL X Series dreadnought punches above its price in virtually every category. Whether you’re an aspiring guitarist or an established pro, this exclusive Martin acoustic-electric is bound to become your favorite musical companion. Catch the gorgeous cognac birdseye finish in person at your local Guitar Center, and take home a prized Martin guitar today.    

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  • Cognac Birdseye Pattern HPL top, back and sides
  • Laminated birch High Performance Taper neck, FSC Richlite fingerboard and bridge
  • Fishman MX-T electronics

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  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Top wood: Cognac Birdseye Pattern HPL
  • Back and sides: Cognac Birdseye Pattern HPL
  • Bracing pattern: X-Brace Scalloped
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Neck shape: PA Profile/High Performance Taper
  • Nut width: 1-3/4''
  • Fingerboard: FSC Richlite
  • Neck wood: Laminated Birch
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Hand-Rubbed
  • Bridge: FSC Richlite
  • Saddle and nut: Compensted White TUSQ/White Corian
  • Pickup/preamp: Fishman MX-T
  • Tuning machines: Ping Chrome
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Case: Gig bag

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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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