Martin LX1E Little Martin Acoustic-electric Guitar Review – Sweetwater Sound

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In this video, I’m playing the Martin LX1E, part of the Little Martin Travel Series. Even though it’s a smaller guitar, it’s got full-sized tone and features. The smaller body dimensions make it easier to travel with, and the slightly shorter scale length makes it easier to play. Not only are the frets closer together but there’s less tension on the strings, making it perfect for smaller hands. By comparison, most Martin guitars have a 25.4″ scale length, so the LX1E’s 23″ scale will let you make some guitar-hero-like stretches!

Much of the LX1E’s great tone can be attributed to the solid Sitka spruce top that’s been hand-rubbed, like you’d find on higher-end Martins. Thanks to the Modified 1 Style top bracing pattern, the Little Martin is surprisingly full-sounding and loud, especially considering its size. It’s also tonally balanced across all six strings and up and down the neck. The comfortable size and great tone made it really fun for me to play.

Travel guitars need to be durable as well as portable and the materials used on the rest of the guitar not only aid toward that end, but sound and feel good as well. The back and sides are made of a textured finish, mahogany pattern HPL. The rigidity makes it durable and helps with the projection of the guitar, making it louder. The neck is made from Stratabond and the fretboard is Richlite, which are laminate wood materials that feel and respond like wood, but stay solid, making them great for the hazards of travel. The Compensated Tusq saddle keeps the intonation true while adding sonic depth and the bridge is either solid rosewood or morado, another key component of tone.

The plush interior, padded gig bag has a tough, ballistic cloth exterior and truly makes the LX1E travel-ready. The onboard Fishman Isys T electronics make great-sounding amplification easy for the LX1E and there’s even an integrated tuner. Living room to hotel room, campfire to coffeehouse, the Martin LX1E is ready to go and give you great performance wherever. Thanks for watching the video!

— Don Carr


Zetroc Rellik says:

Caveat emptor: the new LX1Es no longer have the decent Fishman Isys pickup system with built-in tuner. They come with the cheapest and most basic Fishman system available, the Sonitone, which is a small piece of plastic on the underside of the guitar, with no tuner function, and just two thumb wheels to control tone and volume. Martin have started cutting corners on this model, big time. It is a crap pre-amp which is usually sold as a bargain-basement add-on for non-electros. Find one of the old models before they sell out, or stick two fingers up to Martin and find a decent used one, or a competitor model.

w1third says:

Is that better than baby taylorguitars?
My daughter has Taylor swift version and action and playability sucks

Chad Carr says:

what riff was that at the beginning

amer faeez says:

Does it come with the medium strings on it?

crazygutka says:

I’ve owned one of these little guys since Martin first introduced them a decade or so ago.  You can’t go wrong.  I drag mine around the house like a pet, travel with it (even cruise ships) and yes, gig with it almost weekly.  Sure I take some heat over being the guy with the baby guitar, but with the right outboard effects (I’m 90% an electric player – high end guitars by the way), I get compliments from musicians on the tone regularly – “How do you get that big sound out of that tiny guitar”.  Get one; you won’t be sorry.

Whiz Mitchell says:

Just bought one (blame it on Ed…lol)…the sound is fantastic. Handles well through a 10-watt amp or a combo. Puts my other 2 full-sized acoustics to shame!

Zacx says:

I played this guitar in our local music store. and damn it’s sound so amazing for it size! can’t wait to own one in my next payslip! 😀

Keith Murphy says:

is this the fishman isis T electronics?

Marco Arellano says:

I thought you were a woman at first mate, no offense by the way 😀

Anukloses says:

Honestly, the more you play a guitar the better it sounds. Reviews on new guitars cant really show the potential of what the guitar can be and sound like. Video will NEVER capture the sound of being right there. If you can, find someone who has the guitar and has played it enough to really ‘Break it in’ and then you know what you are buying.

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