So if this is not considered a "real" Martin just kindly let me know and I will bow out. I bought an older (relative term) like NIB Lefthand DX1 a couple of months ago. Changed the strings and we were amazed at the sound.
A buddy has a Martin Shenandoah and D18 and he just can't believe the sound I get from a $225. (my cost) guitar. Says it sounds just like a Martin.
Then at a local guitar store when I bought my son a new Yammie for christmas I was told a DX1 is not a real Martin. So I went home and looked at the headstock again. It says "Martin". The label inside says "Martin DX1 Made in USA,"
So I guess I'm thinking what constitutes a name is the sound that comes from the assembly, not neccessarily what some of the parts are made of.
I know the HPL sides and back are crappy and I will soon own a solid wood Martin. At which point the DX1 will be a camp guitar.
So if this is not going to be considered a real Martin just let me know and I'll understand.