Martin D12X1AE 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic Electric

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Grained HPL Back and Sides, and Black Richlite Fingerboard - Natural
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A Modern Flair to the 12-string Guitar

The Martin D12X1AE acoustic-electric 12-string guitar adds a modern flair to a classic instrument. With its onboard Fishman Sonitone electronics, this versatile 12-string guitar projects the full, robust sound that can fill the room. The D12X1AE's mahogany grained HPL on the back and sides reflects Martin's environmentally friendly mindset. You'll love the warm, classic tones you hear as you play this modern guitar. Capture timeless Martin sound with the D12X1AE acoustic-electric 12-string guitar.

Martin D12X1AE 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Proven tonewoods resonate with timeless Martin sound
  • Martin's low-profile neck provides supreme playability
  • Fishman Sonitone electronics deliver outstanding amplified tone
  • You simply can't go wrong with Martin!
Proven tonewoods resonate that timeless Martin sound

When you reach for a 12-string guitar, you instinctively expect to hear a rich, full sound. The Martin D12X1AE provides you with just that. It's topped with solid Sitka spruce and complemented by mahogany-grained high-pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides. The back and sides represent Martin's commitment to produce great guitars that are environmentally friendly, employing modern technologies to develop quality instruments. The result? The D12X1AE delivers the distinctive sound that you expect from Martin guitars.

Martin's low-profile neck provides incredible playability

Whether you find yourself playing long hours in the studio or late-night beach parties around a fire, you'll be glad that you have your D12X1AE 12-string. Featuring a low-profile neck, this guitar is easy on your hand, allowing you to play through marathon gigs in complete comfort.

Fishman Sonitone electronics deliver outstanding amplified tone

If you want your audience to hear the magnificent sound of your Martin D12X1AE 12-string, or you want your neighbors to hear how you've mastered Stairway to Heaven, then you'll need to plug in. The D12X1AE acoustic-electric guitar features Fishman Sonitone electronics, allowing you to capture its robust sound through your favorite amp or PA. Sonitone electronics add to the D12X1AE's versatility and projects its timeless Martin sound to the entire room.

You simply can't go wrong with a Martin

What can we say about Martin guitars that does justice to the supreme quality and desirability of these exquisite instruments? For more than 172 years, C.F. Martin & Company has maintained the traditions of old-world craftsmanship while creating the archetypal modern acoustic guitar. Using the finest tonewoods, time-tested bracing, and precision assembly, Martin guitars have a rich, warm sound all on their own. Yet the D12X1AE is surprisingly affordable, giving you access to signature Martin tone that fits your budget.

Martin D12X1AE 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Great tone, looks, and playability come together in this modern 12-string
  • Solid Sitka spruce top; mahogany grained HPL back and sides
  • Fishman Sonitone electronics allow you to plug in to your favorite amp or PA
  • Martin's comfortable low-profile neck accommodates hours of playing
Add a modern 12-string acoustic-electric guitar to your tonal palette with the Martin D12X1AE!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Hand Rubbed Finish (top)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany Grained HPL Textured Finish
Body Bracing A-Frame "X", 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Neck Wood Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape Low Profile
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome enclosed with small buttons
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/16" Radius Compensated White Tusq
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Electronics Fishman Sonitone
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze 12 Str X-light Gauge
Case Included No case
Manufacturer Part Number 11D12X1AE

Customer Reviews

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Exactly what I wanted

I purchased this Martin 12-string solely on the advice of my Sweetwater rep Zach. I explained the type of sound and playability I was looking for and I wanted his opinion because I know he has played the current crop of 12 strings in stock at Sweetwater. Typically I like to play a guitar before I purchase it so it was a leap of faith but one I will not hesitate to do again with Zack and Sweetwater . He recommended the Martin for quality playability and for the kind of sound I was looking for. I received the guitar and he was spot-on. It arrived perfectly and well set up. Thanks Zack

Excellent sound and playability

I've only had one other 12-string guitar and that was when I was very young and didn't know much about guitars. Here I am in my fifties and decided to try out another 12-string guitar, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money on one. When I selected this Martin (and I knew Martin makes a good guitar) 12-string for this price I figured I was going to get a decent guitar. I was totally amazed how nice this guitar is made, the sound it produces and ease of playing it! Worth every penny!! Love this guitar and it sounds amazing plugged in too!!! The other band members love the sound of it! I highly recommend this guitar!!
Music background: Part-time band member, Hobbyist, love of music.

Pleasently surprised!

I was just taking a chance when I bought this guitar on line without ever playing it, because it was only $650, but it was a Martin! I couldn't be happier! It arrived in tune and it was about 3 weeks before it was out of tune at all. It is very easy to play and sounds amazing! Can't tell the difference between it and much more expensive Martins that I have played.
Music background: Hobbyist

Functionally incredible

I've been playing 12-string guitars almost exclusively for over 40 years. Two different Guild models and the Glen Campbell Ovation were my instruments of choice. I didn't think anything could match the GC Ovation for ease of play, and since I always performed with it plugged in, I could shape the sound however I wanted it. The first time I played the D12X1AE I was shocked at both the sound and the excellent action. It was easier to play than I could believe, and the unplugged sound was far superior to my Ovations. Whether this guitar is for you depends on what you value most. If you want a guitar that plays and sounds GREAT at an unbelievable price, you'll love it. However, look elsewhere if you want beauty - as in lots of ornamentation, you're a purist - as in traditional solid wood only, or you expect your guitar to appreciate significantly over time. From what I can tell, this guitar will probably be more durable than solid wood. And who knows - it may actually appreciate. But I didn't buy it for that. I bought it to make music - that is its function, and it does it incredibly well. Thanks, Greg Baum and Sweetwater, for your exceptional service.
Music background: Ex concert and recording artist

Martin D12X1AE 12 String Review

So I've been shopping for a budget 12 string acoustic guitar for awhile. After trying out several models including Takamine, Fender, Ibanez, Dean and Seagull, it came down to just this model and the Seagull S12. My personal preference was this one hands down! The sound was awesome and the playability just plain blew me away!!! Originally, I had thought I would use a budget guitar to eventually trade up to a more expensive model ... not likely happening now that I have this one! It will stay with me for a long time ... I see why Martin does not have a problem putting their label on this beauty! Than add the fantastic service you have provided in my purchase of this guitar and I couldn't be happier!!! What a great experience!!!!!!!!!
Music background: Hobbyist - Rock, alternative, etc ...
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Martin, Martin 12-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars