Martin DX1AE Review
Today, I decided to conduct a review of Martin DX1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar.
Martin is a brand name associated with premium guitars, and I love the sound quality produced by the Martin anytime, any day.
Martin guitars wanted a guitar that can fit into the budget of any guitarist budget, and the company introduced the X series.
A friend was playing the Martin DX1AE for his girlfriend, and I was awe with the sound my ears were hearing. It sounded like a Martin but without high price tag.
I placed and received an order for the Martin DX1AE; I was a bit disappointed that a casing was not included. To be fair, in its price range, you could easily forgive the company.
I was not disappointed with the sound out, as they were well balanced and never went off-tune.
The Martin DX1AE is a versatile guitar that can fit into any genre of music. It is user-friendly; hence you won’t have any issue to get the hang of it.
It is suitable for beginners, but intermediate and advanced users who try it out will not be disappointed.
The aim of this review is to share my thoughts on this guitar, and I hope to hear your thoughts too.
Martin DX1AE Review: Build Quality
The Martin DX1AE is actually a beautiful guitar that is well crafted with quality materials. I was impressed with its build quality, especially when I considered the price.
It is a guitar that is built on the D-14 platform, with dreadnought shape that gives it pinpoint projection and an enormous amount of volume.
The Martin DX1Ae which features a solid spruce top is not a heavy guitar. It weighs a whopping 9.9lbs at 46x18x6in, which seems ok to me.
It has an A-frame “X-1” top bracing pattern with Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16’ making the top braces. The finish top is actually a hand rubbed finish.
Another feature of the Martin DX1AE is a high-pressure laminate (HPL) textured finish at its back and sides with a mahogany pattern.
The high-pressure laminate (HPL) is rugged, but it helps give the DX1AE balanced sound. The HPL make the Martin DX1AE budget and environmental friendly.
A closer observation further, you will see a patented mortise and tenon neck joint. Another feature of the Martin DX1AE is the rust strata bound neck, which is a multilayered wood creation that gives it a strong and firm neck.
The neck has a modified low oval shape with a scale length of 25.4”, and a fingerboard width at nut of 1-11/16″. The material of the nut is actually white Corian.
There is a total of 20 frets of which 14 are clear. The fingerboard has a width of 2-1/8” at the 12th fret.
It features a saddle of 16” Radius/Compensated/White Tusq which provides comfort and easiness when performing tricky progressions and movement at the black Richlite fretboard.
The Martin DX1AE also features a headstock that is made up of solid/standard taper and a head plate that has a mahogany pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL).
The Bridge material of the DX1AE is made up of Black Richlite like the fretboard. Belly is the bridge style offered, and there are 2-1/8” bridge string spacing.
At the bridge and end pins, you’ll see that they are white with black dots. Tortoise color is the color option for the DX1AE, and the rosette is a multiple black/white boltaron with red fiber.
At the tuning machines, you’ll see they are chrome enclosed with small buttons.
The build quality of the Martin DX1Ae might not be the best in the market, but it is no walkover.
I happen to have dropped my Martin DX1AE a few times on my tile, and there were severe wear and tear. If it happened just once, I would have said I am lucky, but that was not the case with my Martin.
How did that happen, the answer is simple, they are well built and can take a few cases of abuse here and there. I have even accidentally bumped into my wall with the guitar, but there were no blemishes of any sort.
Although there was a compromise in the Martin DX1AE builds quality, the alternatives used are not bad. It is still a great guitar at its price range.
I have taken a personal liking of the satin finish of this guitar. They did a great job with this guitar.
Martin DX1AE Review: Sound Quality
The Sound quality of the Martin DX1AE is one part of the guitar I love. I play mostly classic rock and alternative rock, and it works just fine in both cases.
The spruce top which is thicker than most guitars is responsible for the DX1AE bassy and loud sound. Clean sounds that could sustain were able to come out despite the bassy out of the DX1AE.
I love how it plays to tune and never goes off, thanks to the great tuners. You practically won’t tune this guitar for long because the tuners stay for a long time.
I noticed the solid wood used gives the DX1AE a different sound and feel. Despite it being made of synthetic wood, Martin guitars were able to do a bit of voodoo on it to make it sound great.
The synthetic wood enables guitarists to be more creative when they are playing, and I love it. The resonance of the Martin DX1AE is unique, and the tone is quite balanced. The volume controls in the soundhole of the DX1AE are user-friendly, thus are easy to use and control.
It features a gig-tested Fishman electronics which enhances its versatility.
Martin DX1AE Review: Pros and Cons
- I love that it feels light for easy transportation.
- It has good resonance and a balanced sound
- It may be loud but manages to produce clear sound
- I love that it can take a few abuses without much wear and tear.
- It is affordable, hence you get to enjoy a premium sound without the premium price tag.
- I don’t like that I have to remove the strings just to get to the battery.
- The bottom strap is shallow.
- I found myself being injured when using the fretboard.
Martin DX1AE Review: Editor’s Rating Cards
Head and Neck
The head and neck are produced with synthetic materials. Although they do serve their purpose, but they are not the best in the market
The sound output from the DX1AE is excellent with great bass and resonance.
The Hardware is not the best but it is ok for the budget of this guitar
It offers great value for money as you get to enjoy premium sound without the premium price tag.
Martin DX1AE Review
- Head and Neck - 8.5/10 8.5/10
- Sound - 9.5/10 9.5/10
- Hardware - 9/10 9/10
- Value - 8.5/10 8.5/10
If you want to enjoy premium sound quality delivered by Martin Guitars without breaking the bank, the Martin DX1AE will give you the satisfaction you need.
It produces the sweet and excellent tone that is bright and loud; that will blend into any genre of music. They make great backups when you need one and what others consider weak in the DX1AE, I think is what gives it an edge over other brands.
With a rating of 4.5/5, it is a good buy that offers value for money. I will recommend this to beginners. Intermediate-advanced users may also try it out.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
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