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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Anyone play/buy a Martin 000X1AE?

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 9th, 2016 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like a auditorium sized Martin,
with Sitka top and HPL back/sides,
for under $600!

Just wondering what the talk on the street is...

use your FDP portal if you're gonna buy it...

(This message was last edited by wborys at 01:16 PM, Sep 9th, 2016)

schundog
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Oct 8th, 2016 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have this, but I do have a Martin DX1, which has the Stratabond (multi-ply birch laminate) neck and HPL (High Pressure Laminate) back and sides. I had to do some "Harumph!"-ing about my indignation and preconceived notions about what an acoustic guitar, especially a Martin should be, but once I decided to let my ears be the judge, it was a no-brainer. It's an beautiful sounding guitar a US Made (2002) Martin that I was able to buy used with a hardshell SKB case for $275. Would I rather have a D-18, D-28, D-35, etc? Sure! Let me know where I can get one for $275, and I'm all over it!

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Eastun' Carolina

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Oct 8th, 2016 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As "old" tone woods get harder to procure it is nice that they can make some well sounding instruments with the engineered woods. I like real wood as much as anyone else- but it's great to have options at all price points.

orrk01
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USA / Saint Paul, MN

Oct 9th, 2016 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the fully-acoustic 0001X version of this guitar. I don't remember if I ever learned the age of the instrument but it was made in America, before they moved production to Mexico.

It's the perfect size for playing comfortably while sitting on a couch.

The stratabond neck is very stable however it looks a little weird. The fingerboard is a synthetic material but it feels good to me. The HPL body is incredibly strong so I don't worry about nicks and cracks at all. The spruce top is actually very nice with a little bearclaw in it.

Most of all, it sounds pretty good. I keep mine strung with Martin silk and steel strings because I like the mellow sound they produce for fingerpicking and light strumming. Consequently, it doesn't produce a lot of sound. But I have other guitars for that.



BbendFender
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Oct 15th, 2016 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a few older Takamines that I really like but I try some of the "X" models at Guitar Center. For the money, I don't think you can beat these guitars. I would probably buy the dreadnaught size if I did buy one. I don't play enough to justify many more guitars.

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