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As a guitarist/musician, you aspire to acquire high-end quality instruments and unless you come into cash you'll always want what you cant have. Well blow me sideways...a Martin DX1 acoustic in a hard case, second hand £300. I thought I was seeing things and jumped right in to my local buying and selling store for a look.
It was immaculate condition and looked unused. I'd never handled a Martin before and was initially underwhelmed by the lack of finish and adornments. Hand rubbed finish, no binding, simple side dot markers . It's only when you play the thing that you realise why it's so plain and simple...because Martin spent all the money on craftmanship and materials.
This is a fabulous guitar. Plays so light and easy and sounds heavenly. I instantly handed over the readies and ran for the door in case they had made a mistake lol.
The solid spruce top, HPL (high pressure laminate) back and sides is solidly constructed and the neck is lovely to handle and it stays in tune thanks to small but perfectly formed tuners. I added a Seymour Duncan Woody insert pick-up and I was in business.
I love the goodwill I get from the punters at my gigs when they see it's a Martin and they take me a little more seriously. The DX1 represents a total bargain. It is fabulous useable instrument and lives up to the Martin standard very well.
For a few weeks I worked at Sound Control, Salford for my high school work experience. It was in this time I fell in love, not with any special or beautiful female but with a real woman, the DX-1.
Though all my years playing acoustic guitars in shops, Martin has always been the target guitar for me to get. Few other guitars that I have played match the usability and sound of the Martin & Co. They seem to have a consistent quality that shines through from there children's guitars to their top of the range lines.
The first thing I noticed about this guitar was it's very reasonable price for a full size Martin & Co. At the time It was £500 and I even got a bit off for my work experience with the company. And as you may or may not know, for a Martin that is an incredible price.
I love the sound of this guitar, it has fantastic bass tones and sounds remarkable played both finger style and with a plectrum. It rarely slides out of tune and I am a folk guitarist, I put the strings and guitar through some real challenges. I am forever putting the guitar in different tunings and playing it outside.
After a couple of years of ownership I thought It would benefit my live performance to add a pickup. It cost an extra £180 but It was quick, easy and hasn't effected the tone. The pickup compliments the guitars tones for live sound and DI recording.
This kind of treatment, however did lead to 1 major break about 4 years down the line. It was in repair for a few weeks because the neck warped so much but would you believe, it was free to be fixed. Martin don't want to lose your custom, obviously and either did Sound Control. By the sound of it the guitar had a lot done to it to get it back to normal and it was all free.
Another issue is, when I went to Australia for a few months without it, she sounded a lot thinner when I got back but after pushing her back to being played and played it started to sound better and better. She needs a lot of attention but I am willing to give it.
I still put the guitar through conditions that I know I shouldn't and it performs brilliantly all the time. Non of my friends believe me when I tell them the price because of it's magically earthy sound and the respect that comes with the brand.