Martin LXBlack Little Martin Acoustic Guitar (with Gig Bag)

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This Little Martin acoustic guitar is perfect for a wide variety of players, not just beginners. It's durable, easy to play, and comes with a gig bag.

Martin is proud to introduce the Little Martin. Like its predecessors, this addition to the Martin line is built with the same Martin quality craftsmanship, with an emphasis on producing great sound in a smaller guitar. The Little Martin is durable and easy to play. It is the perfect pick-up-and-play guitar that lets you jam at home or on the road and is the perfect choice for students. Your Little Martin comes with a padded gig bag made of a tough ballistic cloth exterior, plush interior, backpack straps and a front zipper compartment.

The Little Martin is part of Martin's X Series. Martin Guitar has long recognized the serious nature of the earth's dwindling resources and has focused attention on alternative materials. Martin is committed to making Martin guitars that are within reach of every aspiring guitarist. The breakthrough X Series features guitars that are constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, called HPL) and traditional tonewoods. Martin has crafted ways to build traditional Martin shapes with HPL that yield incredibly long-lasting, affordable guitars. What's more, they've figured out how to not break your bank while still giving you the famous Martin sound!

Model: LX BLACK Little Martin
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: Modified 0-14 Fret
Top: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
Rosette: Herringbone Style - Gold & Black
Top Bracing Pattern: Modified X Series ''X''
Top Braces: Crowned Cross Brace
Back Material: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
Back Purfling: none
Side Material: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
Endpiece: none
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: none
Top Inlay Style: none
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Natural Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: Black Corian
Headstock: Solid/LX Taper
Headplate: Jett Black HPL
Heelcap: none
Fingerboard Material: Black Micarta or Black Richlite
Scale Length: 23''
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/16''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: none
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: none
Finish Top: none
Finish Neck: none
Bridge Material: Black Micarta or Black Richlite
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Black Tusq
Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: Black w/ White Dots
Pickguard: none
Case: Padded Gig Bag
Interior Label: Gold Foil
Electronics: not available as an option

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 610-759-2837

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 9 out of 10 stars. (27 ratings)
Submitted May 9, 2011 by a customer from
"Good guitar for reasonable expectations."
Overall: 9 out of 10 stars
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This guitar fulfills everything that I want it to do.

This is a good sounding guitar for its size. It loses a couple points, because I find that it can sound a bit "boxy." If you're a finger style blues player, you might actually find that to be a plus. I'm going to swap out the saddle for a bone one and do a few tweaks to the guitar, and I think I can get it dialed in just right.

The case is well padded and useful. I think it's a nice touch to include a gig bag with any guitar. Even though this isn't the most expensive guitar in the world, I think it's pretty considerate of the folks at Martin to save their customers the money.

Ease of Use
The action was a bit high for my tastes when I got it. I'm told that most of these come out of the box with a perfect low action, so maybe mine was just a fluke. I gave the truss rod a tiny turn, and I switched to a slightly smaller gauge set of strings and the problem went away.

I've only had the guitar for a few days, but it's held up pretty well. I've already managed to drop it and overheat it in my car with no real adverse effects. This little guitar is my official beater, and I think it should serve the putpose well.

Let's be honest, this is not the greatest guitar in the world. However, it's probably the best guitar for what it's designed to do. I read more played this guitar next to the Baby Taylor, and I much preferred the slightly longer scale length. In terms of tone, I'd say the two were pretty much tied.

Manufacturer Support
Martin has got excellent customer service.

The Wow Factor
It's an average looking guitar that is going to get beat up over the years. I'm actually thinking it's going to look better once it's been "weathered" a little. A good beat up guitar can be a thing of beauty to some of us.

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