The latest from Martin's X Series is a value-packed stage performer chock full of no-nonsense player advantages. The DC-X2EME starts with a hand-rubbed solid Sitka spruce top — one of Martin's most revered acoustic instrument tops — joined to back and sides of climate-proof HPL ("high-pressure laminate") in a gorgeous Macassar ebony print. Underneath, Scalloped X bracing with 1/4" Tone Bars maximizes bass response throughout the robust D-14 cutaway dreadnought body. And discrete electronics from Fishman allow you to strap on and plug in anywhere you perform out, all without detracting from the raw beauty of your instrument. Other hallmarks of the DC-X2EME include a slim, comfort-enhancing Performing Artist neck profile with High Performance Taper and a tone-enhancing compensated TUSQ saddle and corian nut. Don't let the entry price or nebulous woods deter you — the Martin DC-X2EME is another fine contender from the X Series.