Little Martin LX1 Review – Best of Martin Guitar for Beginners

Martin LX1 example
Martin LX1 front body

Brand/Model: Martin LX1, Little Martin

Size: 3/4

Prize: $349.00 (retail)

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My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Little Martin LX1, Product Overview

Martin Guitar is the most popular when it comes to acoustic guitars and here is “little martin”. Big name, small guitar, big quality, small price! It is a non-cutaway guitar with a 23 scale length and 20 frets. When I say price, It is not that really bad for a big name and a high quality guitar! This guitar is a dream for advanced tiny finger guitarist but that doesn’t mean that beginners can’t have this.

Little martin has the excellent sound like a full size martin guitar. This popular little acoustic is one of the best out there in terms of quality and sound. Little martin is authentic made in Mexico so to your surprise, the price is really affordable. The smaller size and shorter scale length make this guitar perfect for travel and that is exactly what this made for.

Good Materials

Martin LX1 example
Martin LX1 back body

The Martin LX1 Guitar has a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany HPL (high-pressure laminate) at the back and sides that provides a warmer and deeper intonation, probably you wouldn’t expect. Also, with the HPL there’s not much trouble on dealing with weather. The body is build from a mahogany wood that makes the guitar light-weight and a balanced, rich mid range sound and resonant tone with notable sustain.
The neck is made out of rust birch stratabond laminate which makes it interesting and more comfortable feels when holding the neck. LX1 fret board is made out of Richlite that makes the touch very dense and smooth.

Better Sound? Absolutely!

I know what you are thinking when you see a small guitar. Means smaller and thinner sound. It is not comparable to a full size or standard guitar when it comes to sound and projection. But guess what? You won’t even bother to buy a full size guitar when you get to listen to the sound of the Martin LX1 Guitar. It has a deep and a rich sound comparable to a full size standard guitar and absolutely on the league compared to other travel guitars out there.

Don’t let the price Fool you!

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With all those materials that have been used to build the Martin LX1, You won’t even say that It is too expensive for a small guitar. I highly recommend this guitar specially for beginners and for those who love to travel with a handy instrument.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Randyford Molano

founder of Guitar Chords & scales


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6 thoughts on “Little Martin LX1 Review – Best of Martin Guitar for Beginners

  1. SkyPath says:

    Great article! I think this is a pretty great price with guitar, and this detailed information makes me understand, I search the video of this guitar, a really great voice! Thank you for this introduction!

    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hello Skypath! Yes, Small Guitar, big sound, Big name! That is Little martin. I have tried playing it once on a Guitar Store and i myself, can’t below how good the sound is, the projection like i am hearing a sound of a standard size guitar played on a 3/4 size guitar. it is really awesome. I actually enjoyed playing it and stayed at the store for several minutes with the sales person enjoying my music too! If you still have any questions related to Little Martin please feel free to comment below and i will be glad to help you out! Thank you!

  2. Rowan says:

    Nicely detailed review! I have been looking into a guitar to get my girlfriend so we can learn how to play together and this sounds like a good option. Thank you for giving me some insight on a smaller guitar!

    1. Randyford Molano says:

      HI Rowan! Little martin would be good for your girl friend for the reason that girls have smaller, skinnier fingers that is perfectly fit on a smaller scale guitar like little martin. That would be so nice to learn music together, specially guitar. And I know that learning with your girlfriend will be so fun. Enjoy each one’s company and play the guitar! If you have any question regarding Little martin don’t hesitate to drop your comment below and i will be glad to help you out. Thanks

  3. Elaine says:

    I’m looking for a guitar for my son and I think this is perfect. Thanks for a detailed review!

    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hello Elaine! How old is your son now? I am happy that you are supporting your son on his music journey. A proud mom on her soon to be an artist son. I hope you can get your son a guitar that he will enjoy. If you still have any questions or concern please feel free to leave a comment below and i’ll be glad to answer you. Thank you


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