Martin LXBlack Little Martin Acoustic Guitar (with Gig Bag)

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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 8.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 41 x 18 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11LXBLACK
Martin Warranty Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner. Any Martin guitars sold by zZounds as "Blemished," "B-Stock," "Warehouse Resealed," or any condition other than "New" are not covered under Martin's warranty. Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty. If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837
(27 ratings)
Submitted May 9, 2011 by a customer from
"Good guitar for reasonable expectations."
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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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