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Martin guitars have a unique, piano-like tone revered by musicians and music lovers all over the world. The X bracing patterns and quality tonewoods employed contribute to the complexity and richness of tone.

Over time the company has found ways to offer the “Martin sound” and feel for a lesser price and accommodate the entry-level/immediate player. Each series has a typical player and function in mind. This is accomplished by stripping down the features and cosmetics featured on Re-Imagined Standard series models, leaving the essential Martin build, giving you the classic and characteristic tone revered around the world.

Long ago Martin & Co. developed the bracing pattern that made the development of the steel-strung guitar more possible. The bracing pattern invented by Martin and adapted throughout the industry was the famous X brace. X bracing is characterised by a certain complexity of tone.

Under the hood, the scalloped Martin X bracing delivers the strong, piano-like sound that helped define the steel-strung guitar in 20th-century music and still does today. The Martin DC-X2E Macassar Dreadnought Electro Acoustic sports a solid Sitka top with a macassar-effect HPL back and sides.

The Dreadnought body shape favours a bass dominant tonal distribution which opens a huge dynamic range to the player, who can move from a lightly picked whisper to a full, open-throated roar. The body shape, first invented by Martin, had great appeal to guitarists competing to be heard in string bands playing to ever-larger audiences in the ’30s and ’40s and fostered the emergence of the acoustic guitar as a lead instrument. When the folk boom of the sixties arrived, singers found that the dreadnought body shape provided excellent instrumental support for a solo singer, easily covering the bass and treble areas and wrapping itself around a human voice in the mid-range. Dreadnoughts are powerful rhythm tools as well. The legendary “boom-Chicka-boom” sound of Johnny Cash and country music was typically played on a dreadnought, for example.

The scale length is 25.4 inches. This is called ‘long scale’. Long scale lengths cause the strings to be held under a higher tension at concert pitch. This means a louder, more powerful sound, fizzing with harmonic overtones. The nut width is a broad 1 and ¾ inches, allowing a little more space for fingering and picking. The neck is a specific Performing Artist neck with a high-performance taper.

The cutaway has become a standard feature nowadays. They have been introduced in order to allow access to the higher frets. Since the advent of pickups it has been possible to get the requisite volume from the lighter strings on the upper frets and so cutaways have become more relevant to acoustic guitars. Most cutaways are ‘Venetian’, or soft as opposed to ‘Florentine’, sharp cutaways.

Martin X Series guitars are fitted with Fishman MX electronics. The MX system includes volume and tone controls on the preamp inside the soundhole of the guitar.
The Martin DC-X2E Macassar comes supplied with a durable and water-resistant gig bag with headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors to ensure that this guitar can be kept safe and dry whilst travelling.

For users that require all the great features of the X series and some choice upgrades such as all solid wood construction, the addition of an inbuilt soundhole tuner to the preamp and a more premium case, check out the [Martin D10E].(https://www.gak.co.uk/en/martin-d-10e-electro-acoustic/923472)

  • BODY SIZE:
  • D-14 Fret Cutaway
  • FINISH TOP:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
  • BACK & SIDE FINISH:
  • None
  • BRACING PATTERN:
  • X-Brace
  • SCALE LENGTH:
  • 25.4"
  • BRACE SHAPE:
  • Scalloped
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT:
  • 1 3/4''
  • TOP MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • NECK SHAPE:
  • Performing Artist
  • BACK MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK TAPER:
  • High-Performance Taper
  • SIDE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • ELECTRONICS:
  • Fishman® MX
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS:
  • Top
  • TOP COLOR:
  • Clear
  • BRIDGE STYLE:
  • Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
  • BINDING:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING:
  • 2 5/32"
  • TOP INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • TOP DETAIL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL:
  • White Plastic
  • PICKGUARD:
  • Brown Tortoise Pattern
  • BRIDGE PIN DOTS:
  • Black Plastic
  • PICKGUARD INLAY:
  • None
  • SADDLE:
  • Compensated White Tusq
  • ROSETTE:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern with Multi-Stripe
  • SADDLE RADIUS:
  • 16"
  • Body
  • BRACE MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • BACK & SIDES COLOR:
  • None
  • BRACE SIZE:
  • 5/16" with 1/4" Tone Bars
  • BACK DETAIL:
  • Macassar Pattern
  • BACK PURFLING/STRIP:
  • None
  • BACK INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • HEELCAP:
  • Black
  • SIDE DETAIL:
  • Macassar Pattern
  • ENDPIECE:
  • None
  • SIDE INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • ENDPIECE INLAY:
  • None
  • Neck
  • NECK MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • FINISH NECK:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET:
  • 2 1/8''
  • NECK COLOR:
  • None
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE:
  • Style 28
  • NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL:
  • 20
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern
  • NECK JOINS BODY AT:
  • 14th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • SIDE DOTS:
  • White
  • Headstock
  • HEADSTOCK SHAPE:
  • Solid with Standard Taper
  • TUNING MACHINES:
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • HEADPLATE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • KNOB:
  • Small
  • HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE:
  • Script Ink
  • NUT MATERIAL:
  • White Corian
  • HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • Misc
  • CASE:
  • Soft Gig Bag
  • LEFT HANDED AVAILABILITY:
  • Yes
  • LABEL:
  • Paper Label
  • PLEKED:
  • Yes
  • BODY SIZE:
  • D-14 Fret Cutaway
  • FINISH TOP:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
  • BACK & SIDE FINISH:
  • None
  • BRACING PATTERN:
  • X-Brace
  • SCALE LENGTH:
  • 25.4"
  • BRACE SHAPE:
  • Scalloped
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT:
  • 1 3/4''
  • TOP MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • NECK SHAPE:
  • Performing Artist
  • BACK MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • NECK TAPER:
  • High-Performance Taper
  • SIDE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • ELECTRONICS:
  • Fishman® MX
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS:
  • Top
  • TOP COLOR:
  • Clear
  • BRIDGE STYLE:
  • Modern Belly - Drop in Saddle
  • BINDING:
  • None
  • BRIDGE STRING SPACING:
  • 2 5/32"
  • TOP INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • TOP DETAIL:
  • None
  • BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL:
  • White Plastic
  • PICKGUARD:
  • Brown Tortoise Pattern
  • BRIDGE PIN DOTS:
  • Black Plastic
  • PICKGUARD INLAY:
  • None
  • SADDLE:
  • Compensated White Tusq
  • ROSETTE:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern with Multi-Stripe
  • SADDLE RADIUS:
  • 16"
  • Body
  • BRACE MATERIAL:
  • Sitka Spruce
  • BACK & SIDES COLOR:
  • None
  • BRACE SIZE:
  • 5/16" with 1/4" Tone Bars
  • BACK DETAIL:
  • Macassar Pattern
  • BACK PURFLING/STRIP:
  • None
  • BACK INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • HEELCAP:
  • Black
  • SIDE DETAIL:
  • Macassar Pattern
  • ENDPIECE:
  • None
  • SIDE INLAY MATERIAL:
  • None
  • ENDPIECE INLAY:
  • None
  • Neck
  • NECK MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL:
  • Select Hardwood
  • FINISH NECK:
  • Hand-Rubbed
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET:
  • 2 1/8''
  • NECK COLOR:
  • None
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE:
  • Style 28
  • NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL:
  • 20
  • FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL:
  • Mother-of-Pearl Pattern
  • NECK JOINS BODY AT:
  • 14th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • SIDE DOTS:
  • White
  • Headstock
  • HEADSTOCK SHAPE:
  • Solid with Standard Taper
  • TUNING MACHINES:
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • HEADPLATE MATERIAL:
  • HPL
  • KNOB:
  • Small
  • HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE:
  • Script Ink
  • NUT MATERIAL:
  • White Corian
  • HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL:
  • None
  • Misc
  • CASE:
  • Soft Gig Bag
  • LEFT HANDED AVAILABILITY:
  • Yes
  • LABEL:
  • Paper Label
  • PLEKED:
  • Yes

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