The Little Martin LX1 may be the smallest guitar the renowned American brand produce, and that helps make it ideal for players with little hands. As with any Martin model, timeless looks are demonstrated by it along with a solid build that any guitarist will be delighted with.
With a comparable price and size to Taylor’s BT2, the top part is constructed from solid Sitka spruce, even though the rear and sides include a highly pressured Laminate mahogany.
Incorporating their eco friendly ethos, the tone is bright and lovely, but well balanced. For those with small hands, this is a fun, durable, and reliable guitar made by a well-known manufacturer.
This little acoustic that is popular guitar is among the best out there concerning sound, quality and feel. Plus, for an authentic Made in Mexico Martin, it’s surprisingly affordable.
Body & Neck
The Little Martin is exactly what its name implies! It is a small-scale Martin guitar (the smallest the iconic brand produce), showing off classic Martin style with average Martin quality. The non-cutaway concert body — using its 23″ scale length — is made from solid Sitka spruce on top, with a High Pressure Laminate mahogany on the back and sides.
Falling in line with some of the other cheaper Martin instruments, the Little Martin uses rust birch laminate to the neck, which creates an interesting pattern and a comfortable feel in the hands, together with a Richlite fretboard and 20 frets. It looks fantastic, and — no matter the very affordable price — feels like a quality tool in both build and playability. However, made in Martin’s impressive Mexican center, we would not expect anything less.
There are no electronics on this Little Martin, although the electro-acoustic LX1E is available, featuring a Fishman mic system that’s great for plugging into quickly amplify your sound.
However, the first LX1 does feature a set of excellent quality Martin sealed chrome tuners, which are smooth to use and hold tuning in place nicely. Perhaps most importantly, it has a padded gig bag, which is an essential and stylish addition to safeguard your little beauty when in storage or transport.
It looks great, plays well and stays in tune. How does it sound? Ultimately, due to the compact body, the projection and tone just doesn’t compare to a full-size Martin dreadnought — but it was not designed to. However, for practice and compact performances (think campfire or hotel room), it’s perfect. It seems well-balanced in totonend has that satisfying warmth that can only really come from an instrument with such a quality build.
Whether you’re searching for a model to travel with or something which will feel comfortable in the possession of smaller hands, the Little Martin is hard to beat — certainly comparable with the Baby Taylor concerning sound, playability and cheap price. There are cheaper small acoustics out there, however, the Little Martin only seems to give you that bit extra
- 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.