Martin DX1RAE Review: Professional And Affordable

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For many people owning a Martin guitar has been a dream. Now with the Martin DX1RAE, that dream can be a reality. Because of that, I wanted to do a Martin DX1RAE assessment so that you can decide if you are ready to be one of the lucky people to own a Martin guitar.

When it was first introduced in 1998, Martin’s X Series of dreadnought acoustic-electric guitars gave the budget-minded person a chance to sample the venerated American luthier’s famously magic tone. The latest addition to this price range, the DX1RAE, provides an update on the old DX1 with an under-saddle Fishman Sonitone system.

The difference between the DX1RAE and the DX1AE is that the R stands for Rosewood. The AE in the Martin model number means it is an acoustic guitar with electric pickups.

Whatever the price point you are comfortable with, I do not believe it is possible to go wrong buying a Martin guitar including the DX1RAE. Just take a listen to the tremendous sound this excellent guitar produces.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for an acoustic-electric guitar that will give you years of pleasure but don’t have a ton of money to spend, then the Martin DX1RAE is one of your better options.

This guitar, being a dreadnought design is naturally suited to those who play rock, pop, blues, country, etc.

For tone and ease of play, I would give this guitar my recommendation for the value for your money. This kind of sound and playability for this price point is a great deal even though it uses laminate woods.

Just take a moment to listen to this great guitar.


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  • The bottom end is warm and resonant, and the top is crisp and clear, making it an excellent match for heavy strummers.
  • The modified low oval neck construction shape is effortless to play and allows for smooth chord changes and moves up and down the neck. It stays in tune very nicely.
  • The DX1RAE does not lose any of the signature Martin character when you plug it in. The well-positioned under-saddle pickup and the controls which are subtly placed on the underside of the soundhole.
  • The laminate HPL back and sides are topped with an Indian rosewood pattern HPL laminate. The neck is made of eye-catching rust stratabond that is joined seamlessly to the solid Sitka spruce top. The solid Spruce top will get only better as it ages.
  • This guitar is unique in that it has the Fishman Sonitone electronics but does not have a cutaway design. Most acoustic-electric guitars have the cutaway design.


Style Acoustic-Electric
Body Shape Dreadnought
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Body Wood East Indian Rosewood-grained laminate (HPL)
Bridge FSC® Certified Richlite®
Fretboard FSC® Certified Richlite®
Inlays Dot
Finish Hand Rubbed
Electronics Fishman Sonitone
Hardware Chrome Enclosed Gear
Scale 25.4 inches
Strings 6


  • Superb Dreadnought sound.
  • Comfortable to play neck even up on the higher frets.
  • Quality construction at a great price.
  • High-quality tuning pegs
  • Because of its ease of play, this guitar is fun to play for long periods of time.


  • Some players do not like the laminates used in the construction of the guitar.
  • Some players are concerned that the guitar is manufactured in Mexico.

We hope our Martin DX1RAE review has been helpful.

Duke Taber

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.