Martin’s LX1 Little Martin is generally one of the first to show up in searches, whether you’re searching for a tried-and-true guitar for musicians with tiny hands or a decent acoustic for a youngster to improve their talents. And rightfully so! In terms of quality, tone, and feel, this popular small acoustic is one of the best. It’s also shockingly cheap for a genuine Made in Mexico Martin.
The Martin LX1 Little Martin Acoustic Instrument is a fantastic starter guitar and travel guitar. To provide a tight, rich tone, it boasts a solid Sitka spruce soundboard atop the tiny, modified 0-14 body. Martin’s patented mortise/tenon neck joint, solid East Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge, 23″ scale, Stratabond modified low-oval neck, and Stratabond modified low-oval neck. Nickel tuners by Gotoh. A cushioned gig bag is included.
It has a nice appearance, plays well, and remains in tune. Obviously, the projection and tone just don’t compare to a full-size Martin dreadnought owing to the tiny body – but it was never meant to. It’s ideal for rehearsals and small performances (think campfire or hotel room). It has a well-balanced tone and a pleasant warmth that can only come from an instrument of such high-quality construction.
The Little Martin is hard to beat, whether you’re looking for a model to travel with or one that would feel at home in smaller hands. It’s undoubtedly similar to the Baby Taylor in terms of sound, playability, and affordability. There are less expensive small-scale acoustics on the market, but the Little Martin appears to add a little something more.