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Martin DX1E X Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar

3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • 14-fret dreadnought cutaway body
  • Solid spruce top
  • HPL back and sides
  • Fishman Presys Plus electronics with tuner
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Product Description

The DCX1E Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you the full, sweet sound of a Martin acoustic with a cutaway for ease of playing. Fishman Presys Plus electronics make it stage and studio friendly, and its price won't break your back. Solid spruce top with A-frame X-bracing, HPL sides and back, inlaid Boltaron rosette, black Micarta fretboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

Product Information

Item Weight 23 pounds
Product Dimensions 47 x 20 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight 28 pounds
ASIN B001R2NDP4
Item model number DCX1E
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3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #187,087 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#1,804 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic-Electric Guitars
#4,646 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars
#5,631 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body
Date first available at Amazon.com July 17, 2007

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I own a Martin DCX1E, and like it pretty well. It plays well and has a 'Martin-like' sound. Why do I say 'Martin-like'? Because the body and sides are not wood. They are made of a laminate, not unlike formica. I know, that sounds cheap, but it actually has turned out to be pretty successful for me, and apparently for Martin. It is tough stuff. The top of the guitar is solid Sitka spruce, which is as it should be on a higher-end guitar. So how does it sound? Because they use Martin bracing and a solid top, the instrument sounds pretty much like a Martin, but because of the laminate back and sides, the guitar has noticably less volume than an all wood guitar. The sound is still good, just a little quieter than you would expect. It does retain the resonant low end which characterizes Martins. This IS an acoustic/electric, and if you play it electrically, the lack of acoustic volume is not an issue. The guitar has a piezo pickup under the bridge (pretty standard for A/E guitars), which is mated to a Fishman EQ/preamp, which sounds good through a regular amp, and even better (Wow!)through a PA (use a DI box, though). If you are playing electrically, you may have feedback problems. If so, get a Planet Waves Screeching Halt sound hole plug. Now, here's some other stuff. The neck and the action are pretty good, although I had an action job done by a luthier to make it better. The neck is a little different, too, in that it is laminated. Some people pooh pooh this, but I like the looks, and have never had any problem with it. So, if you get this guitar, I think you will like it..........except for one thing.........After a year and a half, my frets wore out big time. In 45 years of playing, I have NEVER worn out the frets on any guitar, or even come close.Read more ›
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I have owned a Martic DCX1E for around a year. I perform with it around 3-4 days a week and it holds up well. It sounds terrific in a house system, credit to the Fishman pickups. I have received numerous compliments on it's sound as well. A set back to this guitar is that there is so finish on its top. Which makes it very prone to discoloring as well as a worn look in the grain. Humidifying is also extremely important with this model, as it doesn't have binding along the edges and again there is no finish on the top.

Don't worry about the whole "its not real wood" thing. First of all, no one cares if the sides and back are real or not. Most people spend time seeing the front which is real wood. And it doesnt effect the sound quality what-so-ever. If you're looking at this guitar, I would suggest you look at the DCPA4 Rosewood before you purchase this. It will last you much longer. But it is more expensive. But it's worth it if you do a lot of playing.

If you don't perform a lot, then this is an EXCELLENT buy from an EXCELLENT company. Enjoy!
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I was in the acoustic room of a large music store and another fellow was playing an X-Series Martin. The big sound was captivating. The quality of the sound was also very impressive. The "Formica" sides and back are denser than wood and this material seems to project sound better. I bought one a couple of weeks later. Action was fine right off the rack. The laminated neck is more stable than plain wood, and with the "Formica" back and sides, this guitar seems more stable through humidity and temperature changes; it stays in tune very well. It also seems indestructible; great for gigging dive bars. The pickup works fine. Of course you get more presence playing through a good PA than through a guitar amp. Finish was good; no sharp frets. No excessive fret wear. I also have a baby Martin with similar laminate sides and back. I love both of these guitars. I bought mine a few years ago, but I doubt if Martin quality has declined.

Go play one at a store. Buy at Amazon if the price is better or it's more convenient. It is more convenient for me now, 'cause I live in Guatemala and "You can't always get what you want" down here. I have things flown in from Miami. I'm a Baby-Boomer and have been playing since the late 1950s. I currently have a duo blues act.
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