Martin DX1AE - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Mahogany-patterned HPL Back and Sides, Stratabond Neck, Richlite Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Natural
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This Affordable Dreadnought is All Martin!

The affordable Martin DX1AE acoustic-electric guitar packs a ton of Martin value into an easy-playing dreadnought. Sure, the DX1AE may be a great find just because it gives you a real solid-topped dreadnought at a great price. But, it also gives you that unmistakable Martin tonality and feel you just won't find anywhere else. You get a solid Sitka spruce top, durable mahogany-patterned HPL back and sides, and a low-oval neck profile that makes the DX1AE acoustic-electric guitar easy to play.

Ready for performance with Fishman Sonitone electronics

The Martin DX1AE comes equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics that are ready for you to hit the stage or plug in for easy recording. The pickup is mounted inside the soundhole, giving you easy access to volume and tone controls. Fishman is a world leader in acoustic amplification, giving you exceptional plugged-in tone with the Martin DX1AE.

Martin DX1AE Dreadnought Acoustic-electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Value-packed dreadnought guitar with solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Sitka spruce top and bracing will sound even better as they age
  • Built-in Fishman Sonitone electronics for great plugged-in tone
  • Modified low-oval neck profile plays fast and smooth
  • Mortise/Tenon neck joint enhances tone and sustain
Martin's DX1AE dreadnought gives you big acoustic-electric sound at a budget price!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Hand Rubbed Urethane
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
Body Bracing A-Frame X-1, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Neck Wood Natural Stratabond
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome with Small Buttons
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/16" Radius Compensated TUSQ
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Electronics Fishman Sonitone
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Manufacturer Part Number 11DX1AE

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The Millennium Falcon of Guitars

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts." Isn't that how Han Solo put it? People will pass on this guitar because they will find overseas manufactured imports with crazy inlays and bindings that tout that they have backs and sides from some endangered wood rescued from the Amazon, for the same price or less. People will pass on this one because it has laminate sides and back. They will look at the neck which is made from 30 layers of wood adhered together to become what martin calls "stratabond", and they will tell you that they can get a better guitar for less money. They will hold up a lesser priced overseas manufactured guitar and tell you it is better.This guitar really doesn't have any frills. No inlays, no, binding, no crazy electronics (besides the pickup with interior controls.) But when I played it next to comparably priced guitars, I immediately decided that the sound and play-ability were on a whole other level.The first thing that I noticed when I played it was the playability. It has a satin feel to the entire guitar. If you like a highly glossy feel, this won't be for you, but satin is my thing, so it feels fantastic. It frets so easily and just feels great. The frets were all dressed and cut perfectly with no edges or imperfections at all. I also love the rounded routing on the body rather than a sharper cornered binding that many other guitars have. It is just comfortably to touch and lean on while I am playing.What truly sets this guitar apart is the sound. (I know sound is subjective.) If someone handed me this guitar to play and I heard the sound and they told me it was a $2000 guitar, I would not have batted an eye. There is nothing shrill about the high treble tones, they just blend so well with the mid favored tone from this guitar. Playing quiet fingerstyle sounds fantastic and there is a warm compression when you really strum at it with a louder dynamic. I just can not get an unpleasing tone from this guitar.I will also state that having owned this guitar for a couple of months. The tuning stability is better than any guitar I have ever owned. I keep this guitar in a room that does change temperature quite a bit and have seen no ill effects. I imagine that the solid neck has something to do with this stability, but I am thrilled with it.For what this guitar is, I absolutely LOVE IT and am overwhelmed with how wonderful the tone and feel are.The only potentially negative things from this guitar are:The neck is heavy. It does feel that the heavy neck makes a little out of balance. I really don't notice it while playing it, but when I am sitting with it on my lap, the guitar really droops toward the neck.also...It is not the loudest dreadnought that I have ever played. The warm tone and compression of this guitar come at the price of volume. I am personally completely fine with this. The loudest guitars usually sound 'shrill' to me, and this one has a mature and balanced tone.also...The on board pickup seems to favor the lows and mids seems to try and emulate the warmth of the natural tone by quieting the treble. The beautiful compression of this guitar doesn't totally come through the pickup. (btw, I have never heard an onboard pickup in a beautiful guitar and thought that it captured the tone the way that a good mic will.) A good mic will make this guitar sound warm and gorgeous the way that it does in person. This is also evident on all online demo's of this guitar. Without a doubt, I am thrilled with this guitar. I can not find the tone and playability of this guitar for this price anywhere else, and after playing this guitar, I don't need to find it anywhere else.
Music background: Hobbyist

Beautiful Entry level Martin

I started playing on a 3/4 that was my dad's when he was younger. He surprised me on my birthday and took me to look at some full size guitars. I couldn't believe there was a Martin at this price, it almost seemed to good to be true. This guitar has great tone and great playability. It stays in tune incredibly well and it sounds better than my friend's $2000 Gibson

great guitar

this is a great guitar and the price is outstanding. I have a 50 year old D18 and this DX1AE has the same tone as that fine old instrument. The electronics are a nice added feature but for my playing I will not be using that part. still; a good guitar at a very good price.

great guitar, great tone, great price

I have been involved with guitars for 50 years including a D18 that is over 50 years old. This DX1AE has the some tone as that D18. It plays as easy and the action is as close to that old guitar as I have found at a price that is a fraction of a new D18. I do not use the electric component but that is a bonus. you will not be disappointed if you are a beginner or a seasoned pro with this guitar.
Music background: long time hobbyist

Just astounding, perfect A1+++++

Truly I was blown away with this guitar. I had purchased a Taylor Big Baby, took it out of the box, played for 3 or 4 minutes, put it back in the box and shipped it back to Sweetwater. Of course Sweetwater, Patrick Dennis in particular always take care of me. Superior customer service and knowledge. within 6 days they Taylor had been received, full credit given and the Martin was knocking at my door. This guitar is..... well I have no words. The bass is huge, the mids and highs just ring out. Talk about play ability.... the easies guitar to play in the world I'm sure! (well, aside from Martin's "big money" guitars I mean). anyway, for the money spent here I doubt there is a better guitar on the market. Just buy it!
Music background: Performing artist
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars