Martin have built the DXK2AE to last. It's a great gigging guitar thanks to its durability, on-board preamp and balanced tones.
Using sustainable woods, Martin have crafted a sturdy yet elegant, stripped back guitar. The Koa body is an extremely hard wood, resilient to a changes in heat and humidity. The Stratabond neck has a pleasing red hue in colour and the fretboard isn't too dissimilar in its clever use of materials either. The Richlite fretboard is very fast to play and found on many extremely high-end custom guitars. It holds tension really well because it isn't a wood, so isn't prone to warping in heat.
The midrange tones are much more pronounced compared to its Sapele-made brother and sister models. Overall the sound is much more subtle and even, but is still great for light strums or finger picking thanks to an extremely low action straight out the box. Its modern tonality wouldn't go amiss in any genre of music. You can't go wrong a simple two-knob preamp either, discreetly hidden so the guitar keeps its good looks.
Here's what Martin say about the DXK2AE:
The DXK2AE acoustic-electric guitar features a D-14 platform and a Dreadnought body design producing big, rounded sound. Constructed with Hawaiian koa-pattern high pressure laminate (HPL) top, back and sides, the DXK2AE Koa belts out rich clarity and plenty of projection. Equipped stage ready with Fishman electronics—just plug in and play. The result: a great-sounding, great-playing guitar that is environmentally friendly and priced within reach of every aspiring guitarist. This model includes SUSTAINABLE WOOD CERTIFIED parts.
- BODY SIZE: D-14 Fret
- FINISH TOP: N/A
- CONSTRUCTION: Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
- BACK & SIDE FINISH: N/A
- BRACING PATTERN: X Brace
- SCALE LENGTH: 25.4"
- BRACE SHAPE: Scalloped
- FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4''
- TOP MATERIAL: HPL
- NECK SHAPE: Performing Artist
- BACK MATERIAL: HPL
- NECK TAPER: High Performance Taper
- SIDE MATERIAL: HPL
- ELECTRONICS: Fishman Sonitone