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Martin LXM Little Martin

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  • The LXM features a Spruce Pattern HPL (High Pressure Laminate) textured finish top along with Mahogany Pattern
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Back Material Martin Sapele Sapele Mahogany
Fretboard Material Micarta Ebony Ebony Indian rosewood
Neck Material Martin Sapele Sapele Stratabond
Top Material Sitka-Spruce Spruce Sitka Spruce Sitka Spruce
Number Of Strings 6 6 6 6
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 18 x 7 inches ; 8.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 27.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000FJ9CFA
  • Item model number: LXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,851 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Like its predecessors, this newest addition to the Martin line is made with the same Martin quality craftsmanship, with an emphasis on producing awesome sound in a smaller guitar. The Little Martin is durable and simple to play. It is the perfect "pick up and play" guitar that lets you jam at home or on the road and is the perfect choice for students.

Customer Reviews

This guitar is so well made it's unbelievable.
Beady Eyed
It's small enough to take with me anywhere, even fits in my work locker, and so I play much more than I used to.
M. Peinado
I've owned the Martin LXM now for several years and it's an amazing little guitar.
Roman Pennington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Capn Dar on July 28, 2008
Great travel guitar - for a year. I have taken it all over the world and loved playing it. Good sound quality and volume( for a small guitar)

Recently (16 months after purchase) the top has separated from the side body panels, requiring significant repair (the guitar has not been dropped or damaged). When contacted Martin said it has a 1 year, NOT 16 month warranty. Hard to think of anything with the Martin name as disposable, but the LXM may not be a guitar for the long haul.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Roman Pennington on November 15, 2007
I've owned the Martin LXM now for several years and it's an amazing little guitar. It's far superior to the Baby Taylor in my opinion. It holds tuning like a rock and since it's mostly made of composite materials, it isn't as sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. It's a great guitar to travel with and always sounds wonderful. It has a very warm, balanced tone. It's obviously not as loud as a full-sized guitar or a real wood counterpart, but it makes up for that with a really great sound that doesn't favor highs over lows or vice-versa. The laminated neck is really heavy and gives you an unparalleled amount of sustain for a guitar this size.

About the only thing I can say is that while the quality seems very consistent, if you're very picky, and have a chance to play among several of these guitars, do that. I've handled some that play better than others, but they all play very very well.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Milyard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 13, 2012
This is a good 3/4 guitar, but in my opinion is very over priced, and has a few problems.
I own many guitars, and a few 3/4 size and have found that any guitar 3/4 and smaller (like practice guitars) cannot handle .012-.054 or larger gauge strings; actually, strings this size may actually pull your bridge out, and damage the surrounding wood and backing plate and cause major problems like will happen on a Gibson L1 or L2.
The backing plate on the Lil Martin is very thin even though it covers a large area.
My recommendation is to use Extra light strings (.010-.047) as the largest gauge you put on these guitars.
The Lil Martin (23" actual scale length)comes with the .012-.054 strings as do many 3/4 and smaller travel guitars, but in my experience cannot really use (or handle) the larger d,a,and E strings mechanically or tonally as the bodies/bouts are much to small to transfer the lower tone of the larger strings.
On the Lil Martin, the larger strings will sooner or later cause damage to the bridge or top just below it.
Before I switched over to the lighter strings, my Lil Martin started to de-laminate just below the bridge but I was able to catch it in time and do a quick repair.
This is my personal experience, and I do a lot or repairs on both electric and acoustic guitars.
A few minuets ago I played my restrung Martin and a cheap J Reynolds Slotted Classical Headstock guitar I keep in my computer room for those times when I am going over Tabs on line and want to try them out. While the Martin did sound a bit better than the Reynolds, (I also use the same metal Extra Light strings on the Reynolds), there was not that big a difference to justify the extra $200.00 you get to pay for the Martin name and the fancy gig bag.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Polecat on November 8, 2009
I bought the Koa Little Martin about 3 years ago for my kids to learn on. Guess who's been playing it....ME! I was waiting in line at a music store to buy some small item and saw the Little Martin sitting on a guitar stand nearby. I picked it up while I was waiting and was so impressed with the wonderful tone, action, and playability from such a small guitar that I bought it right on the spot.

Less than a year from when I bought the Little Martin the top started to separate from the right side body panel. It would have been still under warranty had I registered it, my other acoustic guitars (Ovations) are over 20 years old and I have never had any structural problems with them so I didn't expect any problems with the Little Martin. So I ended up paying for the repair myself.

I truly love this guitar and keep it out on a guitar stand and use it regularly for practicing. I must pick it up and play a bit whenever I walk by. I do recommend it to many people.

It is overall very good quality and stays in tune. A nice plus is that it comes with a good quality padded gig bag.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beady Eyed on July 22, 2011
I recently started playing guitar which is rather unusual for a grandma in her 60's. I started my lessons with a full size guitar, but I have arthritis in my right shoulder and when holding the guitar while seated and reaching around to strum, my shoulder began to ache. It got so bad I couldn't practice for the recommended 30 minutes a day. The luthier at my repair shop suggested I get a smaller guitar, like a 3/4 size. He had one in the shop and I tried it out. The smaller size was perfect for my shoulder! He suggested getting a Martin LXM or one like it, so I did. Well, I didn't sacrifice anything by getting the smaller guitar. It's so easy to play and has a great sound. My husband heard me practicing in another room and thought I was still using the big guitar. Nope! Just playing away on my Martin LXM! This guitar is so well made it's unbelievable. I love this guitar and now I'm practicing for over an hour a day! I love it!
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