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Martin X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric  

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The Martin LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a small travel and student guitar with a solid Sitka spruce soundboard atop the modified 0-...Read More

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Comfortable, portable, and distinctively Martin!

The Martin LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a small travel and student guitar with a solid Sitka spruce soundboard atop the modified 0-14 body to guarantee tight, rich tone. The Fishman Ion-T electronics let you electrify that sound for performance flexibilty. Solid morado fretboard and bridge, 23" scale, Stratabond modified low-oval neck, and Martin's patented mortise/tenon neck joint. Gotoh nickel tuners.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Fishman Isys T electronics
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Modified O-14 fret body
  • Inlaid boltaron w/red fiber rosette
  • Modified 1 Style bracing pattern
  • Inverted, crowned cross brace and graphite bowtie plate
  • Mahogany pattern HPL back and sides
  • Mortise/tenon neck joint
  • Stratabond neck
  • Modified low oval neck shape
  • White Corian nut
  • Solid/square/tapered headstock
  • Mahogany HPL w/printed logo headplate
  • Morado fingerboard/bridge
  • 23" scale
  • 20 frets
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Hand-rubbed finish
  • 1-style belly bridge
  • 2-1/8" bridge spacing
  • Compensated white Tusq bridge saddle
  • Gotoh nickel tuners
  • Martin M550 Phosphor Bronze strings (recommended)
  • White bridge and end pins with black dots
  • Includes gig bag

Order today and travel with real Martin acoustic-electric tone.

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X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good feel (20)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Good audio (16)
  • Consistent (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (24)
    • Jamming (19)
    • Small venues (17)
    • Recording (11)
    • School bands (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    H U G E Martin Sound

    I have two Martins and a Taylor T-5. I ordered the LX1E for a gift for the holidays. I love BIG CLEAR sweet Martin FOLK SOUND. Received this MARTIN LX1E guitar in...Read complete review

    I have two Martins and a Taylor T-5. I ordered the LX1E for a gift for the holidays. I love BIG CLEAR sweet Martin FOLK SOUND. Received this MARTIN LX1E guitar in a timely fashion from Musician's Friend. In great condition. Depending on your amp or amp settings this guitar sounds fantastic and delivers as a full-sounding Martin Guitar. It also has the ease of playability typical of a well-setup Martin, it CERTAINLY is a Martin. I was playing with the Fender G-Dec AMP on one of the ACOUSTIC AMP settings.

    THIS GUITAR SOUNDS GREAT, i.e., sweet Martin sound. Rather than order a much lower-priced cheapish sheepish tinty sounding "guitar," lots of "bang-for-your-buck here. Martin fully delivers with a convenient travel guitar with the sound! Thanks to Ed Sheeran, this model is quite popular now, and is sold out at other retail outlets. GREAT JOB MARTIN & MUSICIAN'S FRIEND.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    too little

    This guitar is fun, but don't play it in front of a group for their entertainment. If you try to play hard the sound is not good. I am trying to sell mine...Read complete review

    This guitar is fun, but don't play it in front of a group for their entertainment. If you try to play hard the sound is not good. I am trying to sell mine now, as I am disappointed in the cheap materials used in construction. The neck feels too heavy and the body is too small to project acoustically. Martin Co. should just forget this project, as they will lose customers over this.

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    4.0

    Fun,easy to play little Martin.

    By Starrider

    from P.I. Fl.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great little guitar
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

      Nice small instrument that is great for practice. Built in tuner is a plus & can be plugged in for bigger sound.

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      5.0

      Great Smaller Guitar

      By G-Ma

      from KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

        This guitar has amazing sound for a smaller guitar. I bought this because I needed a smaller and lighter playing guitar. This really fits the bill. About time someone made a small guitar not just for beginners.

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        (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        too little

        By Popscleff

        from Hayward CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Lacks Good Tone Unplugged
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Cheap Materials Construct

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Not What I Expected
        • Practicing

        Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

        This guitar is fun, but don't play it in front of a group for their entertainment. If you try to play hard the sound is not good. I am trying to sell mine now, as I am disappointed in the cheap materials used in construction. The neck feels too heavy and the body is too small to project acoustically. Martin Co. should just forget this project, as they will lose customers over this.

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        5.0

        Great little guitar

        By Codysimon88

        from San Marcos TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

          I have small hands and this is a great guitar for me. I primarily play at small venues on a weekly basis and I love the feel and sound of this guitar. Great buy.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A good deal

          By Popscleff66

          from Hayward, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Quiet Tone Unplugged

          Best Uses

          • Best When Amplified
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

          This guitar is really well made and solidly built. It is not for a purists heart. The tone unplugged is muted, but sounds sweet, and lacks punch. The electronics are basic, but quite adequate. On board tuner works well but takes a little getting used to. Battery access couldn't be better. I'm ditching everything else and just playing this little guy for awhile. I can't keep my hands off of it.

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          5.0

          Sweet instrument!

          By Proud Mary

          from Iowa

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Wonderful Size

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Noodling
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

            I've been trying to find a guitar that fits my body size for three years and I finally found it in this Little Martin. I am 5'3", 115 pounds, and female. I had to struggle to wrap my arms around my other guitars. The Little Martin has a nice rich sound that belies its small size. I have not had much experience with the electronics, but what little I have tried has been satisfactory. The onboard tuner might run a bit flat but you can compare it with your clip-on tuner. Overall, I LOVE this little guy!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Got this as a backup guitar for gigs

            By stringbabe

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Non

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

            Got this as a "back up" Guitar for gigs. Having said that, it could be your main ax as well. This guitar comes with a very nice padded Martin gig bag.

            Acoustically, don't expect a "full size" guitar sound. It does have a very nice sweet and (loud enough )sound with decent bass for its size.

            However...Plug this into an amp or PA and you will be pleasantly surprised with the "big" full size Martin sound of this little peanut guitar.

            Took a chance & ordered this (used )through Musicians Friend as it was the best price in our budget for a back up guitar.

            Received the guitar in perfect condition, sounds great and everything (electronics) work fine. Changing battery (9 volt) is easy to get to. Could't find anything wrong with this (used) guitar....so I'm very happy!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I am blown away by this little guitar

            By BarJammer90

            from Kearney NE

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

              I found this guitar at the Instrument and audio store downtown and legitimately had no intentions of buying anything there just browsing...and then I saw this little guy. When I first strummed it I was blown away from the sound that came from such a little guitar. I had always contemplated buying a nice mini or traveler because I'm constantly going places where I'm asked to "break out the guitar" so buying the "Little Martin" just made sense. Ever since I brought it home I have not put it down. Its sound and playability totally make up for how goofy I look playing it. I'd definitely recommend this guitar to anyone.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little guitar

              By Big Dog

              from Carlisle, Pa.

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Size For Practicing

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Great Practice Guitar

                Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

                This is a great size guitar for practicing and its easy to transport. I just love this little guitar!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar for the money.

                By Dans270

                from Watsonville, Ca.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Sounds Good
                • Sounds Great Plugged In
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Tight Neck For Big Hands

                Best Uses

                • Great Beginner Guitar
                • Practicing

                Comments about X Series LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-Electric:

                I bought this guitar for my 8 year old grandson. He says he wants to learn to play and wanted an acoustic. Well, we'll see. I played a few 3/4 guitars at our local music shop and to tell you the truth for their cheap price they played really well but, they sounded terrible. I wanted to get him a better than average guitar that sounds good when you accomplish a clean chord, one that stays in tune and one with a preamp with tuner.
                I considered the Baby Taylor and The Martin Mini. I read good and bad reviews on both. I decided on The Martin for no particular reason, the name I guess.
                Anyway for me the neck is a little tight for my big hands but the more I play it the more comfortable I am with it. It's not for me but, I can see an adult buying one because it sounds good and it is small enough to travel with.
                I think for the money it's a great first guitar especially for a young person with smaller hands and a good guitar in general for the price.

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