Martin X Series DX1E-04 review

What does Martin’s entry-level laminate-made dreadnought add up to?

Martin X Series DX1E-04 review
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Guitar World Verdict

With its revoiced Fishman MX pickup and preamp system, a balanced voice and beguiling playability, the X Series DX1E-04 has the intoxicating whiff of Martin luxury about it and is sure to attract the next generation of tonehounds.


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    A supremely playable dreadnought.

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    What it lacks in midrange boom it makes up for in balance.

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    Good for a variety of styles.


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    Not sure about the neck's striped look.

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.