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Audiofanzine FR 03/14/2009

Martin & Co DX-1R : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by chris689/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Made in Mexico. 20 frets, Stratabond neck.

Massive spruce top with a very nice satin finish (don't forget to dry the sweat of your hand after you play it!).

Laminated rosewood back and sides. It's not massive wood but it's very reliable and sturdy.

UTILIZATION

I'm used to electric guitars so in the beginning I found the neck slower than a Telecaster but I got used to it. Access to frets above the 15th is difficult. The "oval" neck is not too thick.

Good playability in dreadnought style, comfortable while sitting. When standing up the guitar is well balanced and not heavy.

The sound is wonderful: deep and resonant lows, crystal-clear highs, incredible sound projection... You get Marin's best value!

The DX1R has a sleek look with no binding nor a rosette with pearly inlays, and the fingerboard doesn't have inlays, and that's what I love about it.

SOUNDS

The guitar is great to play chords and do some finger-picking (for folk and even rock thanks to its high output level). It's not so good for blues unlike you use lighter strings.

What a sound!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for over one year and I'm still very satisfied.

The action was a bit too high when I bought it but the key provided allowed me to adjust the truss rod and I found the perfect action after a couple of days!

The sound is wonderful considering the guitar's price. It sounds almost as good as guitars twice as expensive. I tested some other Martin, Breedlove and Taylor guitars and I find this guitar offered the best value for money.

At this price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again (and you also get a Martin case provided with the guitar).