Martin DX1RAE - Natural

Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood-patterned HPL Back and Sides, Stratabond Neck, Morado Fingerboard, and Onboard Electronics - Natural
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This Affordable Dreadnought is All Martin!

Some guitars just make you want to keep picking them up and playing them. Here's an amazingly affordable Martin that does just that! Sure, the DX1RAE 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 paired with a durable Indian rosewood-patterned HPL back and sides, and a low-oval neck profile that makes the DX1RAE easy to play. Plus, this beauty comes complete with great-sounding onboard Fishman electronics!

Martin DX1RAE Dreadnought Acoustic-electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Color: Natural, hand-rubbed finish
  • Body style: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Inlaid Boltaron with red fiber/multiple black/white/black
  • Back and sides: Indian rosewood-patterned HPL textured finish
  • Neck: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck shape: Modified low oval
  • Headplate: Indian rosewood-patterned HPL with printed logo
  • Fingerboard: Morado
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Saddle: 16" radius compensated/white Micarta
  • Tuning machines: Chrome w/ small knobs
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
Martin's DX1RAE 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 Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
Body Bracing A-Frame X-1, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Neck Wood Rust 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 11DX1RAE

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Fantastic Martin

My first strum of this baby after pulling it out of the box instantly had me hooked. For the price, this guitar blew my mind with the quality and sound. Would absolutely recommend!

Mick from The Silvers,

I can't believe the full body sound I get from this guitar. I absolutely love this guitar and the resonance it has. And the best part is it didn't break the bank!
Music background: Recording artist in The Silvers

GREAT guitar for the price. You won't be sorry.

Music background: Too many years

Great guitar!

Sweet playing and sweet sounding for an instrument in this price range. Martin has it figured out!
Music background: Lifetime musician

Awesome Guitar!!!

For my first guitar I rented a Johnson guitar which was the worst guitar in the world, but I had to learn on something. After a while I wanted to purchase my own, I did extensive research and played many in various music stores. I ended up really wanting a Martin guitar. I really like their unique warmth and bass as opposed to Taylor which is a little bit more on the chimey side. Of course I really wanted a D-28 but just couldn't offored it (hopefully in the future), so I compared each of Martin's lower end models. First off this one had the highest and most consistant reviews. I went into a local music store and tried one myself and it was AWSOME!!! The sound was so good, very clear, full, and well rounded with Martins signature warmth and bass. It also includes a special bonus, a Fishman Sonitone Pickup. I also tested a D-28 and while the dx1rae isn't as pricey and it does have laminate back and sides, it definately held its own and sounds way more expensive than it actually is. Don't write this one off because it has laminate back and sides, it does not affect the sound in any negative way whatsoever if anything it adds to the durability of the guitar. Also don't worry about there not being any fret markers on the fingerboard, there are some on the top edge and once you play it for an hour or so, you get used to it. I would recomend this guitar to anyone wether beginner, intermediate , or even some advanced players, or if you need something to hold you off till you can get that D-28. This guitar is great despite its low price. Definately check it out! And everyone at sweetwater is great, if your unsure about buying online, you can definately be sure when buying from sweetwater! They answer all your questions very fast and have very knowledgeable staff. Thank You Sweetwater!! Anyway go check out this guitar!!!! Or just buy it, you won't be disappointed!!
Music background: Hobbyist, I play many different instruments but guitar is my favorite!
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars