"They made this guitar just for me!"
Amazing sound. I sold a friend of mine a Joe Pass electric acoustic guitar and told myself it was time to splurge on another real acoustic guitar. Went to the store, played some Gibsons, Guilds, and Taylors that actually were higher priced. Picked up the DMXE and the first thing I thought was that sounds great!!!!
Would have loved to have them throw in a hard case with the guitar but just had to buy one.
My brother has a 1960's or 70's D18-12 that always was the guitar that I compared others to. I took this guitar with me on a visit and he was stunned that a guitar at this price had the same level of workmanship and quality as his old Martin. Not a scratch on the guitar, no discoloration, perfect!!
This may be the best part of the story of my DMXE. The original guitar I purchased was a beautiful one. Somehow the back popped off while I was playing it, just went boing and popped off. My heart was broken. This was my first Martin and I was afraid that I had made a mistake. I called Martin, they set up a pick up for the guitar. They brought it into the factory and determined that it was indeed a rare manufacturing problem and replaced the guitar with a brand new one. Get this, the original guitar had a grain cut on the neck that went up and down, the new one has a grain cut that goes horizontal, the feeling of this neck in your hand makes your fingers twitch. They got the guitar back to me within a week or two and I am impressed by their promptness, courtesy and the quality of the people that I spoke with. The rep I talked with there personally followed thru on the whole process of getting an evaluation and replacing the unit.
You will not find a better guitar at this price unless one of your relatives dies and leaves you one.
The Wow Factor:
The name Martin spells class, very sexy. This particular instrument feels like it was custom made for me, sometimes I'll just sit there with it on my lap while I watch TV. From a practical standpoint I am a singer songwriter, I need an instrument that holds a tune, that is rich, and clear, this one does all that. The only way it could be sexier is if it were a much higher priced Martin. My opinion this model is the best of the "new" Martin designs and compares favorably with other Martins that are twice the price.
This guitar will always be part of my collection. I have owned a lot of nice guitars but this is my first Martin. As far as searching for another product, I spend a lot of time on Martin's home page and Ebay looking for the next step up. The thing I like best is the feeling I get with this guitar in my hands, it makes me want to play. Right now I don't have anything I don't like about it.