I looked at Ovations and Gibsons. This beat the Ovations, and the Gibson were better, but for the price this was great.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pianos n' Stuff
It plays well, but the sound quality is what really makes it gem.
It is suited for all styles, obviously acoustic music is best, Tool doesn't play well ;) Tone and everything is really great.
Overall, it's an excellent guitar for the price. When I first got it, I felt like an idiot because I was buying a guitar like a Martin, and I didn't even really know how to play. But I'm glad I picked it up, no disappointments here.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
The Martin DXM was made in Nazareth, Penn., U.S.A. The body and neck materials are made from high pressure laminate wood, and I guess there is some rosewood thrown in the mix some where. It's a six string dreadnought acoustic, no electronics on board, with a total of 20 frets, 13 which are open. It has the regular style tuners and bridge which are on most acoustics.
The action isn't real bad at all, it's actually very comfortable. The back of the neck has a gloss on it, making it a little easier to slide down. For only being a $500 guitar, it really is impressive. The more money you spend, the better sound and tone you will have, especially with a Martin, but when your playing it, you, and anyone around who knows a little something about guitars, knows it's a Martin.
The DXM I have does not have any electronics, thus, no need for an amp. I play anything from the blues, to Dave Matthews, to Pink Floyd, I haven't had any problems with it. The guitar has a full, rich, warm sound to it. When you start playing it, you can feel the music through the whole guitar, literally. The whole thing kind of hums, and you can feel it in the neck and the body. I have never had it on a stage or in a studio, but it still sounds good outside, in the living room, werever I've taken it. It hasn't let me down yet.
Every time I sit down to play, I always check my tuning. The amount I play varies from day to day. Sometimes I'll play 3 or 4 hours a day, hittin the strings real hard, and sometimes I'll play soft. On an average, I have to retune it maybe 2 or 3 times a week. It just stays in tune for a long time, very convient. As for mechanical adjustments, I've had it for 6 months and nothing has had to be done to it. The cold weather or the heat hasn't really bother it, I just make sure if I take it out of the house I carry it in it's case. If it's really cold out, when I bring into the warm from being outside in the cold, I'll let it warm up in it's case for a little while.