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Martin X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar  

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Overview

  • Modified 0-14 Martin body
  • Wood-pattern HPL top
  • "1-style" Sitka spruce bracing
Description & Specs
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    $409.00
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Comfortable to play, tonally viable, affordably priced, environmentally responsible, and compact!

The Martin LXM "Little Martin" Acoustic Guitar is a perfect choice for travel, practice, and beginning students. Small, modified 0-14 Martin body features a wood-pattern HPL top with "1-style" Sitka spruce bracing, Micarta fretboard and bridge, 23" scale, Stratabond modified low-oval neck, and Martin's patented neck mortise. Gotoh nickel-plated tuners and C.F. Martin script logo adorn the headstock. The LXM includes Martin heavily padded gig bag.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features

  • Modified 0-14 Martin body
  • Wood-pattern HPL top
  • "1-style" Sitka spruce bracing
  • Micarta fretboard and bridge
  • 23" scale
  • Stratabond modified low-oval neck
  • Martin's patented neck mortise
  • Gotoh nickel-plated tuners
  • C.F. Martin script logo on headstock
  • Includes Martin padded gig bag

You'll be amazed at the tone and durability of this little marvel. Make it yours now.

 
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X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good audio (21)
  • Stays in tune (21)
  • Consistent (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (23)
    • Jamming (14)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Novice (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Six years, seven countries, five continents, zero problems. Fantastic axe

    I bought this guitar in Perth, when both it and I were a long way from home. I've played it in Australia, Singapore, Ireland, England, Morocco, and France, as well as...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar in Perth, when both it and I were a long way from home. I've played it in Australia, Singapore, Ireland, England, Morocco, and France, as well as home here in the U.S., and passed around a good number of campfires along the way. Just about everyone who plays it loves it. It doesn't sound as good as my 000, and no one should expect it to, but I love to play it.

    As for the negative reviews, it may be that they make some lemons, or that some instruments are damaged in shipping. It may also be that some people abuse their instruments. Protruding fret ends and failing glue joints happen when a guitar gets too hot, too cold, or too dry. Treat it like it's alive, and it won't die on you.
    It's a travel guitar with the same features as many full-size instruments.

    Some people are put off by the non-wood top, but I like it. It's a formica-like material, with spruce bracing. It's a great choice on this instrument. A body this small with a wood top would almost certainly have terrible bass response, unless a great deal of care was taken in carving and thinning the top. A piece of redwood could do the job, but it would be fragile and expensive by comparison. The formica top has a naturally bassy sound that would be too dark on a full size instrument, but which balances well on this little body.
    I've been playing mine for six years, with no problems.
    I can't think of a better guitar at this price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ambivalent

    This sounded like such a good idea, a small guitar that I could take anywhere, even on a plane. It sounded surprisingly good in the store but the true test is getting to...Read complete review

    This sounded like such a good idea, a small guitar that I could take anywhere, even on a plane. It sounded surprisingly good in the store but the true test is getting to know any guitar over a period of time. Then the weaknesses start to surface. First, the sound rapidly deteriorates as one plays further up the fretboard. Yes, I know it's just a small guitar but the buzzing is excessive. Next, it is not made clear that this guitar is not made from wood. Yes, the bracing is spruce but the back, sides and neck are some synthetic material. The sales guy honestly thought it was wood as I did only to find out later what it really was. Not a big deal because the sound is unusually full for a small guitar. I had someone look at the setup and he agreed, it was set to low and would require some warrenty work to get it right, not something you want to hear after purchasing a new guitar. I tried another model but found the same problem. I ended up returning the guitar, couldn't get used to the fret buzzing. So, I would give it below average ratings for overall quality but above average ratings on sound IF you play below the fifth fret. Above the fifth fret is a below average rating for sound.

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    5.0

    Best Travel Carry On Guitar EVER!!!!

    By 56pontiac

    from Oregon

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

      Mine is the Natural top Little Martin LXM I installed a soundboard piezo for fun. I absolutely love this Little Martin for a travel guitar. I have had several travel guitars over the years all really unsatisfactory from the small electric A tuning mini"s, to the ones that you can take apart and all were unsatisfactory. They never felt,or played or sounded like a real guitar. I need a guitar bad after a week without one or I go crazy and ruin my wife's vacation. The little Martin keeps my sanity when the wife takes me off to some exotic place for over a month. They are extremely sturdy constructed and light. They are not real finicky about humidity or climate change. They will even fit in the overhead of those small regional Canadian made Bombardier planes, that have overheads that will only fit a large sized wallet. The best part of the little Martins is they sound good enough to play, and you want to play it.

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      5.0

      Travel worthy

      By Paco

      from Hawaii

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Small But Not To Small
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Teaching
        • Travel

        Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

        Fun to play, hope it travels well. Getting ready to take 14 high school students over 3,000 miles.

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        5.0

        Excellent craftsmanship

        By MightyMo

        from Abilene Texas

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

              I like the contrast in the wood grains. The purchase is an excellent buy.

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              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Lunarluau

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                  After traveling with my Taylor, I decided that I cant check my guitar without having a heart attack when I let it go. Was looking for a travel guitar but wasn't happy with any of the backpacker style guitars. Had an oppty to play this and was really impressed. Now that O own it I can't put it down. It is very small but after 5 minutes I was pretty used to it. Doesn't go out of tune like other travel/backpacking style guitars. Sounds very full for such a small guitar. Looks sharp too. I def recommend.

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                  5.0

                  Great little Martin

                  By Scott

                  from Dresher, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                  Great guitar for fun. Fits my daughter better than my other guitars.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing!

                  By ele

                  from arizona

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is such a nice guitar! It's so fun to play, I can't even stop! It sounds amazing for such a small guitar and it's easy to carry around!
                    The price is totally worth it, I'd suggest this guitar to everybody who's looking for a small size guitar, this one is awesome!

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By Satisfied

                    from Presque Isle, Maine

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                      Arrived on time, packed nice and secure. It is a small guitar but solid and has a very full sound for it's size. I've been out of practice for a long time and this is perfect to get me back on track!

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love this guitar

                      By Hawaii16

                      from SurfCity

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Great Sustain
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Travel

                        Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                        This guitar sounds surprisingly good for its size, it has amazing sustain. The setup and intonation were good right out of the box. It would be a great starter guitar and it's 24" scale length is great for folks with smaller hands. I love this guitar. It's a joy to play.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Simply the best 3/4 size guitar

                        By Martman

                        from Des Moines, IA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                          I've owned many of the travel sized guitars. This one is the best. Looks the best, feels the best, plays the best, sounds the best. Durable, gorgeous, great sound. Had a Laguna-kids outgrew it so I sold it. Had a Baby Taylor-sounded tinny, felt cheap, and broke. Own an LXME Ed Sheeran-great guitar. Wanted a second 3/4 size so compared this to the Baby Taylor. Martin looks better, feels better built, has better strings and tuners. The Taylor ebony neck is "speced" better but the Martin neck plays just a well if not better. Big Baby and GS Mini are comparable in sound but compared to same sized guitars, the Martin quality and tone is simply far superior than the others. There's a reason this guitar has so many positive reviews: lots of people own it.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Amazing little guitar

                          By Dave Man

                          from New york

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Rich Sound
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Campfire Jamn Recording
                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • School Bands
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                            Small but not awkwardly small. Extremely well built. Decent acoustics for its size. (Not quite as Rich as Taylor GS Mini ) but it is a smaller guitar so that's to be expected. The body has a cool percussion sound if you like to tap on the body while you play.

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