Sunday, April 02, 2017

Martin DX1RAE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Overview
The Martin DX1RAE is a non-cutaway dreadnought-sized acoustic-electric guitar that scores high in terms of looks, sound and playability. The sound is rich, full, and tonally balanced, either on its own or plugged into an amp. Let's take a look at some specs now.

Top
Solid Sitka Spruce, clear finish.

Back & Sides
HPL (high pressure laminate) Indian rosewood.

Neck
Rust Birch Laminate, hand rubbed finish.[1] "Rust Birch Laminate" is a Stratobond® product "composed of dye impregnated wood veneers."[2][3] I've no complaints here. The neck feels solid and the hand rubbed finish is nice and smooth.

Fingerboard
FSC® Certified Richlite, 25.4" scale length, 20 frets.[1] "Richlite" looks and feels like ebony, but is in fact "an incredibly durable, extremely versatile, and highly sustainable material made from resin-infused paper."[4]

Bridge
FSC® Certified Richlite, Compensated White Tusq saddle.[1]

Electronics
Fishman Sonitone Onboard Preamp System.[1] This preamp features a "Sonicore pickup, battery bag and endpin jack."[5] The rotary controls (volume and tone) and 9V battery bag are easily accessed through the soundhole.

References
[1]DX1RAE
[2]Martin DX1RAE Review: Acoustics under 1000 Review Series | Six String Acoustic
[3]What is "Stratabond"?
[4]What is Richlite? - Richlite
[5]Sonitone Onboard Preamp System OEM | Fishman

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