Martin, the Pennsylvania based powerhouse of acoustic manufacture have for over two centuries produced some of the highest quality acoustic instruments in the world. Hand-crafted, with unique choices of tone-woods and blends of traditional and modern craftsmanship Martin, has stayed ahead of the field through innovation and design. The D-X1E is no exception, and designed for the more budget-conscious musician this is another example of how Martin listens to their customer base.
A Koalition of tone
The top, back and sides are crafted from hand-picked Hawaiian Koa and formed into high a pressure laminate. The laminate helps keep the guitar light while maintaining the sonic elements. Koa is when new, a bright tone-wood providing sharp snappy tones. One of the reasons guitar makers use Koa is its ability to evolve tonally. Over time the Koa wood will mellow and bring forth warmer lower frequency tones.
The neck is made from a natural birch laminate. Birch was a commonly used tone-wood before the likes of mahogany and Koa became popular. Birch is a tough wood that gives an even tonal response. The fingerboard is made from Richlite an environmentally friendly tightly packed material similar in response to rosewood. The neck joint is mortise and tenon and made from Sitka Spruce. This allows maximum sustain between the neck and body. The neck is not only beautifully made but the finish is hand-rubbed for extremely smooth playing experience.
The D-X1E has a dreadnought body shape giving the quite stunning acoustic a huge sound more than capable of filling a room without amplification. However, just in case you need to boost your sound there is a Fishman MX-T pre amp, Sonicore pickup and sound-hole based tuner. The Fishman MX-T is one of the most innovative pickups available for acoustic guitars and the sound recreation is of the highest accuracy.
The DX1E-01 is for the low price point an exquisite acoustic. A perfect upgrade for the beginner or a great sounding live acoustic for the gigging singer-songwriter. Made to Martins exacting standards with top of the line hardware and tuners, maintaining tuning stability. The X-braced body is loud and clear with an eminently playable neck. The DX1E-01 is a great example of how a company with a long history of exemplary craftsmanship can, with ingenuity create glorious outstanding acoustics at everyday prices.
Manufacturer Martin Model D-X1E BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret FINISH TOP: None CONSTRUCTION: Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint BACK & SIDE FINISH: None BRACING PATTERN: X-Brace SCALE LENGTH: 25.4" BRACE SHAPE: Scalloped FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4'' TOP MATERIAL: HPL NECK SHAPE: Performing Artist BACK MATERIAL: HPL NECK TAPER: High-Performance Taper SIDE MATERIAL: HPL ELECTRONICS: Fishman MX
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