Martin & Co DX-1

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DX-1, Dreadnought Steel String Guitar from Martin & Co.

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  • Manufacturer: Martin & Co
  • Model: DX-1
  • Category: Dreadnought Steel String Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/08/2002

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Martin & Co DX-1 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 9 reviews )
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 2 reviews22 %
MGR/David Baird01/01/2004

MGR/David Baird's review"Martin DX1"

Martin & Co DX-1
Looking for a new guitar in Dumfries, Scotland, I tried out several in the £300 range. Having tried Garrison and Norman and settled on a Norman, I then tried a DX1 which I thought I could not afford - £529. Having tried it, I could not leave it in the shop - no fret hum, low easy action and wonderfull all brass string set. This is the best guitar made for the price - by far.

The Dx1 is plain - it needs no fancy decoration to make people take note of it. The matt finish is easy to maintain, the tuning pegs are solid and quality finished. The resonance and vibrancy are a joy - I can't keep my hands off it

I didn't get a hard case as part of the deal - big deal.

The matt finish is easy to maintain, the tuning pegs are solid and quality finished. Seams and joints are fantastic. There is no fancy pearl inlay and such - great - a well constructed guitar to do what guitars do - make music, not pictures!

Don't look elsewhere - beginner, amateur or pro, this is the one for you, and if you have a bigger budget - buy two!

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MGR/Mark T. Owens12/04/2003

MGR/Mark T. Owens's review"Martin DX 1"

Martin & Co DX-1
I bought the DX 1 in Fort Smith Arkansas for 479.oo,, plus tax 520.19. I learned later that others have gotten it for around 450.00...That's okay with me,,i love it, Best sounding guitar i ever had,, It's simple,, Not pretty,,But has excactly what i want!

The sound is unmilstakable,,, sounds like lead and butter combined! The guitar is of the best craftsmanship i have ever seen, every detail of the seams and joints are incredibly precise.

The action is a little high,, little hard to play,, but this is pretty much the standard on most guitars,, if you want it any better, you have to do it yourself,, but over all,, nice action for coming off the showroom floor.

construction is absolutely first rate!

i have played guitars ranging from 399.00 to 2100.00. You will not find a guitar in any price range that has this incredible sound and fine construction! No matter what the guitar costs, no matter what the name,, no matter how pretty it is,,, this guitar is as good as good gets! I'm gonna pick now!

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MGR/dave's review"Martin DX1"

Martin & Co DX-1
I got this guitar online (auction) for $290.

This is a WONDERFUL guitar. The first thing for me is the tone, and this guitar is all tone. I don't know how they do it so cheaply, but it sounds like it cost 5X what I paid for it. I spent a weekend and played every brand and price range in a 20 mile radius, and this little Martin outclassed a lot of very expensive guitars.The sound is round and woody, but does not lack in high end. The bass is like a truck driving by on a small street! The only thing this guitar is lacking is volume, but that's not so bad, I don't really need to play that loud anyway.

Not much to say here. Its very basic, no binding anywhere, no inlays hardly any finish! But the look is nice and spartan anyway.

Its a Martin! American made, HIGH quality. The setup and action are a dream!

For the money, you can NOT get a better sounding guitar. It plays like a dream, sounds like a dream, and cost me under $300. Somebody pinch me...

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grattophile's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Martin & Co DX-1
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The bass drum dreadnought can parratre cumbersome, but I find myself very comfortable. to release a barr it is on more complicated than an electric, but the sound that comes out is really incredible.
the handle is very pleasant, access to acute is necessarily beyond difficil at the 17th box, but if you need more, we take a pan shot.


I t bluff by this guitar. after having tried several guitars, and even the models in Superior martin, I returned to this guitar and not a budget issue.
like the other reviews, I agree that all the dx-1 does not sound the same, I have tried 2 was really a classic for me, I have not really liked and I I tried another BTW, and I fell in love with the warm sound ds the first agreement. a warm, round sound, this guitar is perfect for the folk song ben harper jack johnson or. the highs are really good quality.
if you are looking for a warm, I strongly suggest you try this guitar.
a small BMOL the "raisonnance" I found a lack of breadth of the harshness of the strings, hammer and pull of not more than that comes out in the game.
but I'm really fallen in love with the sound, you have to try, it's very personal.


I had pretty much everything said, I had a favorite in trying this guitar. we find the sound characteristic of martins that I have not found on other guitar.
between this range is for me much more expensive models. buy closed eyes.
I have not had the opportunity to serve me a lot of prampli fishman, but it seems well made (it's fishman same time, the rference.)

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