Martin DX1AE Review 2018 – Best Traditional Acoustic
Martin’s Guitar: The Martin DX1AE combines unique tone, playability, and good expressions. State-of-the-art constituents complement to the tone, durability, and aesthetics of the instrument, as well as accumulating to the sustainability of tone woods. A very decent acoustic Martin Guitars that is hampered by its electronics.
Martin Guitars DX1AE Review
With non-scalloped X-bracing, Martin Guitars DX1AE has a solid Sitka spruce top. The back and sides have a make of mahogany design laminate called High Pressure Laminate (HPL). This is made from the scrap wood at the Martin factory that would have been otherwise destroyed. The neck is made of rust birch laminate called stratabond and the neck has 20 frets. The DX1AE uses the usual clean variant of this material in a modified low oval neckline shape. With a width of 1 11/16, the nut is white corian.
Fretboard is of FSC certified richlite which has no fret markers. It has just side dots, which makes for a very fresh-looking neck. To join the neck to the body at the 14th fret, a mortise and tenon neck joint is used. As like the fretboard the bridge is also made of FSC certified richlite with a compensated white TUSQ saddle. A very conventional looking artificial tortoise shell pickguard rests under the soundhole. This is surrounded by a modest multi-stripe rosette.
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At a swift glimpse it appears that the Martin Guitars DX1AE is not an electric/acoustic. However, it is just an illusion. It sports a Fishman Sonitone system letting you to plug the guitar into sound system or an amp. The preamp is very exclusive in the body and the controls are retrieve through the soundhole. This styles for a very distinct system that does not ruin the usual lines of the dreadnought body.
The finish is a Hand polish urethane on both the body and the back of the neck. Features include two strap buttons, so that you won’t be stuck in a seating location while playing. The output for the Fishman Sonitone system is through the end pin. The body of the DX1AE is a full-size dreadnought that does not comprise a cutaway. The DX1AE is also accessible in a left-hand variety. Case is not part of the price tag.
The usual tenor of the acoustic is very decent, it is very fresh with a mute character. The bass and treble are stable with a pleasant mid presence. But the tone gets soft when plugged in. Fishman generally prepares prodigious acoustic preamps and pickups, but the Sonitone is a bit deficient. With only a tone and volume control there is no room to shape the sound. Another problem of the Sonitone system is that the battery is inside the body of the guitar. This placement is nearly impossible to replace the batteries without removing the strings.
The Martin Guitars DX1AE uses many materials that guitarists generally go with those things with any such acoustic guitar. In that regards, Martin Guitars is a very progressive instrument. Even if Martin tries to hide, as a matter of fact the DX1AE is electric/acoustic guitar. The tone and volume controls of the preamp have a cover in the sound hole. This does not add much to the aesthetics of the guitar. Most controls are available on the top of the instrument where the spectators cannot see it, anyway. This also makes it impossible to have a built-in tuner. The neckline is very firm and it feels diverse, positively. I also certainly like the appearance of the stratabond.
- Innovative use of alternate materials.
- Well balance tone that allows if you want hear all the notes.
- Nicely built and playable guitar.
- The battery for the electronics is hard to get to.
- Budget electronics take away from the sound of the guitar when you plug in.
- The materials used will ruffle the feathers of traditionalists.