The Martin DX1RAE
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.
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.
- Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Rosewood-patterned HPL Back and Sides
- Onboard Electronics – Natural
- 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.
|Top Wood||Sitka Spruce|
|Body Wood||East Indian Rosewood-grained laminate (HPL)|
|Bridge||FSC® Certified Richlite®|
|Fretboard||FSC® Certified Richlite®|
|Hardware||Chrome Enclosed Gear|
- 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.