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Martin LX1 Little Martin
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- Mahogany pattern HPL (high pressure laminate) textured finish, solid sitka spruce top
- Rust Stratabond neck, shortened 3/4 scale.
- Solid Morado or East Indian Rosewood fingerboard
- Chrome small-knob tuners. Tusq saddle.
- Includes padded gig bag.
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Martin LXM Little Martin Acoustic Guitar B000FJ9CFA
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|Sold By||Chicago Music Exchange||Sam Ash||Chicago Music Exchange||Chicago Music Exchange|
|Back Material||Mahogany||koa||Martin||Jett Black HPL Textured Finish|
|Fretboard Material||Indian rosewood||Richlite||Micarta||Micarta ; Richlite|
|Neck Material||Stratabond||Natural Stratabond||Martin||Natural Stratabond|
|Top Material||Sitka Spruce||koa||Sitka-Spruce||Jett Black HPL Textured Finish|
|Number Of Strings||6||6||6||6|
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I own two high-end Martins and he usually plays one of them...that he's pretty much claimed as his own, but he admits he would be a little nervous about it in a dorm (at least at first). We test drove the Little Martin and the Baby Taylor. Both are excellent 3/4 size guitars. As most reviews state, we found the Martin to have a warmer tone and the Taylor to have a brighter tone. Both of us prefer what we consider to be the richer tone of the Martin so I went with the Little Martin. The sound for such a small guitar is amazing. The joints, seams and finish are excellent. It looks and feels like a quality instrument. My son loves the action, feel and sound. It has become his guitar of choice - he plays it at church instead of the full-size Martin he was playing. It's also just a lot of fun to play. For the price, the quality and sound is beyond what you would expect.
I would recommend this guitar for guitarists who travel, players who are small in stature, and/or those who want a cheaper, but still good-sounding guitar to knock around with.
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I bought a cheap $120 3/4's size guitar about a month ago for travel. It had a good sound and fit my hands well, but after a couple weeks it developed a horrible buzzing sound on the 5th & 4th strings. I really didn't want to spend $60 on a setup/tune up, and started to regret not buying the Martin LX1 I had looked at the same day.
Receipt in hand, I went back to Guitarcenter and returned the Mitchell guitar (GC's "in house" brand), and got the Martin. I knew I should've bought it to begin with.
The Martin has a lot to love:
-EXCELLENTLY padded gig bag; I was surprised at the quality and sturdiness
-nice action, not too high
-not sure what gauge the strings are, but they're nice and not too tough to fret
-perfect size for my small hands, arms, frame, etc.
-wonderfully warm, full tones
I've been playing alongside my partner's full-size Fender acoustic with it, and they two sound great together. I am thrilled with this instrument and can't wait to take it wherever I go.
In the winter in this part of the country (Alabama) it gets awfully dry inside. In those conditions, all of my guitars (except the LXK2 but including the LX1) have Oasis humidifiers in them, and the LXK2 is the only one I let out of the case for any extended period.
Note: To make string changes easier, I replaced the tuning machines with Grover Roto-grips. As these guitars require medium gauge strings, it turns out the Roto-grips can't handle the thicker low E string. I had some regular Rotomatics laying around, and I used one of them for that string so they'd all be cosmetically similar. I can stand tying off one string the old-fashioned way.
The Martin LX1 changed all that. I love Martin (esp. vintage) instruments, and when I was noodling around in my local big box music store, there she hung in the acoustic room: this little gem. The "Formica" side wood and back wood, coupled with the spruce, solid top really made an impression on me. It was much thinner and smaller to hold than any other instrument in the room (other than the lousy handling and sounding backpacker models), and yet felt like a "real guitar". It's slightly larger than my Pono brand baritone ukulele, but not by much. In playing around with it, I was impressed with its sound. I compared it to Fender acoustics and Yamaha acoustics in the same price range, and this Martin was a touch smaller (I was only playing smaller instruments) and sounded fuller and more resonant.
I like the durability of it for bangs, knocks, front porch and outdoor play. I like that it came with a quality set of genuine Martin strings. I like that it seems to stay in tune very well and has great intonation up the neck. What I like the most, though, is that the body size is not all that unfamiliar to me as a ukulele player. I learned uke from online videos, so holding a full-bodied guitar in my lap in front of the computer screen and desk, or by my iPad, was a bear (the couple times friends loaned me a guitar and I tried); not this little Martin gem. Comfortable, and I can learn in front of the desk with it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a luthier. I also repair guitars. At the moment, I have 6 1940's era Martin D-18's, a Prewar Martin D-16, 2 Custom Shop D-42's, plus a plethora of other guitars, awaiting my... Read morePublished 29 days ago by dsk
Took this camping this week, it sounds fine, action and intonation are great, but for me (6'.0" and lanky) the fretboard is cramped, so it's fun to tool around with,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Cirillo
This guitar is all right, it does not have a good tone, but it will do for the purpose it was purchasef/Published 2 months ago by Yvonne S. Card
I carry this guitar while traveling. I must admit, it isn't what I expected in sound. Maybe I was expecting more from a quality name like Martin. Read morePublished 5 months ago by gat2365
the finish is nice and the color is nice as well. it looks very decent. i am so happy to have it in my apartment where i can play on songs whenever i am alone lonely.Published 6 months ago by Robert
Loved it when I got it. After less than a year the neck began to separate from the body. Martin sent me to authorized service guy for warenty work. Over an hour from my house. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin Close