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Martin LX1 Little Martin

4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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Ships from and sold by Chicago Music Exchange in easy-to-open packaging.
  • 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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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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Product Description

Adding to their small and value-packed, yet highly playable "Little Martin" Travel series, the new LX1 features the same killer sounding hand-rubbed solid Sitka Spruce top you would find on the top-of-the-line Martins, Mahogany Pattern HPL textured finish back and sides. Comes with a gig bag. The LX1E features the same materials with the addition of a Mini Q preamplifier.

Product Information

Item Weight 9.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 18 x 7 x 39 inches
Shipping Weight 8.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001R2O0BK
Item model number LX1
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4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,087 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#46 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars > Steel-string Acoustics
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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I actually purchased the LX1E from Sam Ash. The electronics (if you use them) are well worth the roughly $50 price increase. I bought this guitar for my son, for his 18th birthday. He will be going off to college next year, and I thought it would make a great dorm guitar. With the travel (he's looking at being around 2,000 miles from home) - it seemed like it would be a convenient size.

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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When our son asked for a guitar for Christmas 2 years ago, we initially bought a $30 First Act guitar believing it would be enough to hold the interest of the average boy's attention span of about 2 seconds. :) When the kid showed talent and a real desire to learn, we knew we had to invest in something better. A lot of child sized guitars look and sound more like toys than serious musical instruments, but the Little Martin is definitely a real guitar that can hold its own against the big boys. It never fails to make me smile when he goes to a gig or open mic night and not only are the older musicians impressed with his talent...they all drool over his guitar too! Due to file size restrictions, I had to reduce the quality of this video quite a bit but hopefully it provides at least a small example of what a Little Martin LX1E can do. With the quality Martin is known for, I know this guitar will last a long time and continue to inspire my son's wildest rock star dreams for many years to come.
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How in the world has this guitar not been rated on Amazon? Astonishing.

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.
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I have a Martin LXK2, and I thought this LX1 would be a nice addition to my travel guitars. The LXK2 is HPL (high pressure laminate) throughout, including the top. The LX1 has a solid spruce top, with HPL sides and back. I thought these guitars would be comparable, but cosmetically different. I was mistaken. This LX1 is remarkably better in tone, and I'm a bit sorry I even have the LXK2 (with the exception noted below). Of course, the LX1 doesn't sound like a full-sized Martin (of which I have several), but it's pretty darned good, and a marvelous travel and practice instrument. I'd still take the LXK2 camping or to any other higher risk environment; the laminate top of that one would probably be more resistant to dings and self-inflicted stupidity.

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.
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I'm a ukulele player of about five years, never played another instrument. I play soprano and tenor--and occasionally baritone--ukuleles, and own everything from cheapies to expensive customs. I've thought about guitars in the past, but never dallied more than in the humidified acoustic rooms of the local guitar shop.

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.
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