The X series by Martin is a more affordable series of guitars from a well renowned maker. What does that mean? It means you get something good for your money. One day, while walking through the factory, Chris Martin saw the bits and pieces of leftovers from cutting wood and realised it can be utilised to something good. This evolved to the HPL which is used on the X series. HPL is light, cost effective and most important, sounds different and nice. Combined with a solid Spruce top, X-1 bracing and the vast experience and quality of Martin's craftsmanship, the DX1AE is a very natural sounding guitar. Not as big as a solid wood Martin, but this "Martin sound" is still there. The DX1AE is dry, it does not have much of sustain compared to other more expensive Martin guitars. The guitar projects a lot of mid range and tight lows, it does not ring a lot, but it is exactly what we like about it! It does not sound fancy, it sounds natural.