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The Martin 000X1AE features a slightly smaller-than-normal dreadnought shaped body, perfect for anyone looking for a guitar that is capable of producing a full and consistent sound, without the cumbersome body shape. Whether you're looking for a guitar that yields to gentle fingerstyle playing or flatpicking, the 0001XAE can capably handle anything you throw at it.
The solid sitka spruce top is secured using an a-frame "X-1" bracing pattern that gives it protection from buckling over time increasing the longevity of the top's reverberant qualities. The high-pressure laminate back and sides add depth to the lighter tonal qualities of the spruce, which means that although the body shape maybe smaller than a traditional dreadnought, it is capable of producing a high sonic output across the frequency spectrum. The high-pressure laminate also handles humidity and temperature changes very well, making it an excellent choice for touring artists who want a roadworthy workhorse.
The neck is cut to the modified low oval profile, allowing it to be cradled nicely with the fretting hand. The neck is constructed from rust stratabond. This is a dye impregnated wood veneer that has exceptional strength and durability, making it a perfect neck wood. A lightweight richlite fingerboard is home to 20 frets across a generous 25.4" scale length.
The 000X1AE comes fitted with the Fishman Sonitone electronics system, which contains an active soundhole-mounted preamp with a 1/4" input jack as well as volume and tone controls. The Tone control can be attenuated to help deliver a thicker or punchier sound, help drop out the midrange when finger-picking and add more depth and articulation for times when you want to strum hard.
Chrome enclosed tuning machines ensure that each string's tuning integrity is maintained throughout each performance and the black richlite bridge ensures their connection to the body is robustly guaranteed, giving you utter confidence in the guitar's ability to perform.
The body is protected beneath the soundhole by a decorative and functional tortoise colour pickguard, reducing the chances of nicking or scraping the sitka spruce whilst playing.