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MGR/Derek Mok 11/16/2003

Martin & Co DCX1E : MGR/Derek Mok's user review

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Bought in Guitar Center on Sunset in Los Angeles for just over $500.

This was my favourite 6-string acoustic I've ever played, including test runs of much more expensive Taylors, Breedloves, Guilds, and other Martins. The acoustic sound is lovely, projects well, with both sparkle and bass depth. The neck and fingerboard felt instantly welcoming to my left hand, the guitar is very comfortable to play both standing up and sitting down, and the tuners are responsive. Extremely easy action. The finish on the spruce top is unusual but very striking -- natural matte finish with very dark grain.

One thing I hadn't tried out in my test run was string bending, and the very low frets make this nearly impossible -- the strings go dull when you try to bend. This is the penalty for the very easy action. Also, I'm weaned on Ovation's terrific OP-24+ preamp (as found on the Balladeer 12) and the Martin's Classic 4 Fishman pre-amp has very limited options in comparison.

Top-notch. Absolutely no complaints.

I love this guitar. The low frets are the only major flaw. But as with a great guitar, it improved my playing the minute I picked it up. The only other guitar to have done that was my Gibson SG Classic.

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