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The Martin LXM "Little Martin" Acoustic Guitar is a perfect choice for travel, practice, and beginning students. Small, modified 0-14 Martin body fea...Read More

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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.

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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
 
4.6

(based on 124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good feel (27)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Stays in tune (25)
  • Consistent (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (26)
    • Jamming (17)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Novice (8), Professional musician (3)

    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

    Mighty tone in a little package

    By Bench

    from Lodi, NJ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

      Big sound from a small bodied guitar. Nice feel to the neck and easy to play. Perfect ergonomics for a traveling stringed musical instrument. Has a unique look to it.

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      5.0

      Little Martin Big in every way but size.

      By Bill

      from Drexel Hill, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • For A Six Year Old Wonder
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

      This black little Martin is a great choice for Santa to leave to any child. It looks great and plays beautifully. It's not just for a child either, as it appeals to the child in me.

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      1.0

      Cannot get on with it at all

      By Vics46

      from Perth, Australia

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Big sound

      Cons

      • E String Buzz
      • Expensive
      • Rattles

      Best Uses

      • Door stop

      Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

      I wanted this for travelling. The man in the shop said it was the best small guitar but I found the sound tinny and the ringing and buzzing on top e string is driving me mad. Taken it back to the shop but they reckon it is fine. Cost a fortune in Australia but not as good as my full size Yamaha that cost a lot less.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Future High Pressure Laminate!

      By Matt

      from New Jersey

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

        The guitar is perfect. I have since bought a new saddle but have not installed it yet. The guitar is incredible.

        5 stars isn't a high enough rating. If there was anything I could pick apart is the B and High E string do not sound as nice and full as they do on a full size guitar but that comes with the smaller size.

        I have to write about the high pressure laminate body. I really like a natural finish. This guitar feels unnatural. It feels like plastic and I absolutely love it. My perfect guitar would be a full sized version of this guitar.

        The overall feeling and size is perfect not to mention the gig bag being top notch.

        The body it self feels like it could take a beating. I own guitars that I constantly see new marks and scrapes (I take care of my guitars but I play everyday so they take a beating being out of their cases).
        This guitar is going to hold up for a long time.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mini guitar, full sized quality

        By Daniel

        from Manassas, VA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Fret Construction
        • High Quality Strings
        • Stays In Tune
        • Warm Sound

        Cons

        • Small Sound Hole

        Best Uses

          Comments about X Series LX Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar is great. It has the quality of other Martins. It is a little heavy for its size, though. I would suggest switching the strings to Lights. The High Pressure Laminate feels the same as my counter tops and seems very sturdy. The sound isn't too loud, but it still sounds great. If you want a Martin without spending a lot of money, this is the guitar for you.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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