Martin D-X2E & 0-X1E review

For 2020, Martin brings sharper looks, improved playability, superior tone and a welcome slice of charm to its affordable X Series guitars

Martin D-X2E and 0-X1E
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Guitar World Verdict

They may be among the most affordable Martins you can buy, but both of these acoustics embody the company's heritage, playability and sound - and that makes them 'must-plays' at this price point.


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    Great sound, playability and price.

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    Martin legacy.


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    D-X2E: Plain looking; lots of competition at this price point

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    0-X1E: Laminated neck isn’t that pretty; also heavy

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You don’t need to look far to find good-looking, great-playing and great-sounding acoustic guitars in the affordable end of the market. Brands such as Sigma, Takamine, Guild, Crafter, Tanglewood, Fender, Gretsch, Simon & Patrick, Yamaha and indeed Martin have all impressed with well-made instruments that offer a rewarding playing experience. 

The company’s own budget range, the X Series, has been around for a while now. Launched in 1998 with the goal of making more environmentally friendly instruments from composites like the resin-based faux ebony Richlite, and high-pressure laminate (HPL) bodies and necks - at a fraction of the cost of the company’s premium lines - it was a runaway success.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.