#1
Hey guys!

I got offered a Martin DX1AE for 900 dollars!
Is that a fair price? Is it a good martin guitar?
#2
No and No. The X series guitars often sell for right around 900 new.

The x series guitars are not well build and even if they sound good to your ear, unless you can keep it in a recording studio environment then you are bound for trouble.

All acoustic guitars have problems and need fixed when exposed to overly hot, cold, dry, and wet weather. The X series guitars usually can't be fixed when most "normal" acoustic guitars can. The fact that martin charges around 1,000 for a guitar that is essentially made of the same stuff as your grandmas old flaky counter top from the 70's doesn't make any sense to me.

There are a lot of good used martins for around $900 that are not the horrible X series martins. I love martin guitars, but I'm realistic about some of the trip that they put out too.
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#3
Quote by CorduroyEW
No and No. The X series guitars often sell for right around 900 new.

The x series guitars are not well build and even if they sound good to your ear, unless you can keep it in a recording studio environment then you are bound for trouble.

All acoustic guitars have problems and need fixed when exposed to overly hot, cold, dry, and wet weather. The X series guitars usually can't be fixed when most "normal" acoustic guitars can. The fact that martin charges around 1,000 for a guitar that is essentially made of the same stuff as your grandmas old flaky counter top from the 70's doesn't make any sense to me.

There are a lot of good used martins for around $900 that are not the horrible X series martins. I love martin guitars, but I'm realistic about some of the trip that they put out too.


Sorry!!!! 700 Dollars! But is it worth it?
#4
In terms of retail value it's much better but I still wouldn't say it's a good deal because the X series guitars are not good guitars. If you get a good price for junk it doesn't change the fact that it's junk. In the $400 to $700 price range there are a LOT of great guitars that are made with real wood that will sound better and last longer.

If you want a martin at around $700 look for something like a D1 used. They are pretty easy to find and are much MUCH better guitars than the X series. The D1 is a very respectable guitar and I have played many very nice ones.
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#5
everywhere i see it, it's $499 brand new.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin-X-Series-DX1AE-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-105927073-i1535406.gc

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MRTDX1AE

http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-MAT-DX1AE-LIST?SRC=D0407FG0HAMS0000

is it a good martin guitar? not really. i'm not saying it's a terrible guitar, but the back and sides are made of martin's HPL, which isn't solid wood - good martins are all solid wood - and it isn't regular laminate, either. it's pressed particle board with somewhat bigger pieces. it does have a solid top, but it's an entry level guitar, and doesn't have "the martin sound".

bracing is one of the important things that voices the guitar. the guitar you're looking at has Martin's "A-Frame ''X-1''"bracing:
http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=s&g=X&m=DX1AE

which they don't use on their better quality guitars. for example, martin's d-18 has "Standard X" bracing:
http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=s&g=S&m=D-28
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