Give your sound a new dimension. Or 12 new dimensions, to be exact. The Martin D12X1AE 12-String Electro Acoustic is the perfect example of how to make a 12-string guitar that's playable, delivers wonderful tone, and provides clear, top-quality live sound.
The D12X1AE delivers a superb, enjoyable playing experience thanks to a tapered neck and richlite fingerboard. Gone are the usual difficulties associated with playing a 12-string, leaving you to enjoy its distinctive, fantastically full voice. Fishman electronics mean you can plug in and play anywhere, and superb natural resonance is delivered by a large dreadnought body size. This is the key to unlocking your most unique acoustic sound ever.
Crystal-clear amplified sound
An electronic system that retains your natural acoustic warmth and resonance. The Martin D12X1AE comes fitted with a superb Fishman Sonitone preamp that delivers everything you play with industry-leading clarity.
Many electro acoustic pickup systems fail to provide authentic acoustic sound when playing at high volume. This is not a problem you'll ever have with the D12X1AE. The Sonitone's active electronic pickup system is designed to communicate your guitar's exact voice at high output. This makes the guitar superb for live performance in larger venues. It's an instrument that'll never make you sacrifice warmth or fidelity.
Your biggest, most distinctive sound
The guitar you need to give more individuality to your music than ever. The D12X1AE 12-String can make your guitar sound like an entire orchestra. 12-string guitars typically afford a chorus effect to your playing, making your music sound as if it's being played by more than one guitarist. The result is big, shimmering sound with more fullness than ever. It's this that makes the D12X1AE particularly good for solo artists looking to give their live sound a bigger, fuller quality.
Tremendous 12-string playability
Crafted with the attention to detail and care that has become synonymous with Martin, the D12X1AE can provide you with a superb, natural playing experience. A common problem for 12-string guitars is that they can be awkward to use. Clunkier necks and double the usual number of strings can make playing with speed and nailing notes difficult.
Martin have omitted these usual drawbacks by combining a tapered rust birch laminate neck with a smooth-playing richlite fingerboard. The tapered neck profile brings maximum comfort at all points along the guitar's scale. Richlite, a tirelessly-engineered fretboard material, is stronger and more consistent than traditional tonewoods. Thanks to this, maintaining sustain and sharpness in your notes and chords on your 12-string is made easier. You'll never fall foul of dull or weak sound.
Stunning natural resonance
This is an electro acoustic that's built to sound amazing in every situation, whether it's plugged in or not. With a large dreadnought body, the increased size allows the sound waves from each string to reverberate around the guitar more, producing a bigger, richer tone. It's also great for helping sustain each note you play, ensuring everything sounds clear and full.
Classic Martin quality
Another magnificent offering from the masters of acoustic guitar making. Martin have been crafting superb instruments for almost 200 years. In this time, they've learned absolutely everything there is to know about how to make a guitar sound and feel amazing. So you know that when you get a Martin guitar, you're investing in quality that has been at the pinnacle of the music industry since 1833. Their acoustic instruments are known for their matchless calibre, and are used by some of the finest musicians on the planet. Don't settle for anything less than the best.
Body & Bridge
- Top Material: Sitka Spruce
- Body Material: HPL Mahogany Pattern
- Body Size: D-14 Fret
- Body Type: Dreadnought
- Bridge Material: FSC Certified Richlite
- Bridge Style: Modern Belly - Drop In Saddle
- Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
- Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped
- Rosette: Multi-Stripe
- Colour: Natural
- Finish: Hand Rubbed
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck Material: Rust Birch Laminate
- Neck Shape: Performing Artist
- Neck Taper: High Performance
- Neck Finish: Hand Rubbed
- Fingerboard Material: FSC Certified Richlite
- Fingerboard Inlay Material: White Plastic
- Fingerboard Inlay Style: Dots
- Number of Frets: 20
- Nut Material: White Corian
- Headstock Shape: Solid w/ Standard Taper
- Headstock Material: Rosewood Pattern HPL
- Scale Length: 25.4''
Hardware & Electronics
- Hardware Colour: Chrome
- Tuning Machines: Enclosed Gear
- Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
- Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
- Controls: Volume/Tone