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Martin X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar Natural

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While the Little Martin is Martin's smallest guitar; it is still very big on tone, quality and versatility. This LXK2 model features koa high-pressure laminate (HPL) back, sides and top. It is ideal for travel, student practice or for just playing around the house or campfire. Includes soft gig bag.

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Price: $329.0
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Overview

While the Little Martin is Martin's smallest guitar; it is still very big on tone, quality and versatility. This LXK2 model features koa high-pressure laminate (HPL) back, sides and top. It is ideal for travel, student practice or for just playing around the house or campfire.

Includes soft gig bag.

Features

Body			
Body type: Little Martin
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Koa HPL
Back & sides: Koa HPL
Bracing pattern: X 
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Modified Low Oval/Standard Taper
Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Fingerboard: FSC Certified Richlite
Neck wood: Birch Laminate
Scale length: 23"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Hand-rubbed 
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Koa HPL
Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite HPL
Saddle & nut: White Coriian
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Gig bag
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: Info not available
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent guitar

I've owned my Little Martin for about 5 years now. I was looking for a small guitar to travel with, and I really tried to like the Martin Backpacker...it's a great concept...Read complete review

I've owned my Little Martin for about 5 years now. I was looking for a small guitar to travel with, and I really tried to like the Martin Backpacker...it's a great concept but I just couldn't get past the tinny, toy-like sound it makes. The Little Martin is not that much bigger and I found it produces 80%-90% of the sound quality of my parlor-size guitar, so I bought it. The build quality is very high, it's a pleasure to look at, touch, hold and play. I quickly came to love the 3/4 scale neck - barre chords are easier for my smaller hands to play, and it's possible to reach that 4th fret with my pinkie. The light-gauge Elixir strings suit the guitar perfectly. Sound quality is very good - it doesn't have the booming bass notes or sparkling treble notes of a larger, more expensive instrument, but it produces a very warm, textured sound that is light years better than the Backpacker. I've taken the Little Martin on numerous backpacking trips and bicycle tours. The factory gig bag is very nice, but somewhat bulky and heavy for long-distance carrying, so I made a simple polar fleece cover for it and it fastens perfectly to the back of my pack with the pack's cinch-straps. The guitar has taken a few knocks along the way - including once being completely submersed in the Pacific ocean (long story) - but it has proven very durable and resistant to changing temperature, humidity etc. The guitar, capo, clip-on tuner and fleece cover add about 5 pounds to the load...totally worth it. When I'm bicycle touring the guitar fits neatly inside my Nomad trailer. I've flown with it a fair amount, too, and found it to be an easy carry-on item in its padded case. It fits in most overhead bins, and on crowded flights I've always been able to get a stewardess to stash it in the coat closet by the cockpit. Around the house I find myself reaching for the Little Martin at least as often as my larger guitars. Highly recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice little Guitar

Nice little (3/4) guitar. Looked like it was sturdy enough but I actually returned it for a Taylor Mini. The Taylor is more $$ but the tone sounded better and the...Read complete review

Nice little (3/4) guitar. Looked like it was sturdy enough but I actually returned it for a Taylor Mini. The Taylor is more $$ but the tone sounded better and the travel case on the Taylor was much better. I'm a happy camper.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful small guitar with great sound

By White Wolf

from Spring, TX

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Travel

    Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

    I received this Martin by shipment last night as a Father's Day gift from my wife. Beautiful Koa wood finish. No scratches or dents from shipping. The sound is only slightly less robust than a larger guitar but my goal for this one is portability. However, it does give a very rich sound and it is very easy to reach the end of the neck due to smaller size. The reduced depth relative to a Dreadnaught also makes it very comfortable to play in the recliner instead of having to sit on a stool or armless chair. Only one day in but so far, I love it!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent guitar

    By Sweaty Yeti

    from Eugene, OR

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

        I've owned my Little Martin for about 5 years now. I was looking for a small guitar to travel with, and I really tried to like the Martin Backpacker...it's a great concept but I just couldn't get past the tinny, toy-like sound it makes. The Little Martin is not that much bigger and I found it produces 80%-90% of the sound quality of my parlor-size guitar, so I bought it. The build quality is very high, it's a pleasure to look at, touch, hold and play. I quickly came to love the 3/4 scale neck - barre chords are easier for my smaller hands to play, and it's possible to reach that 4th fret with my pinkie. The light-gauge Elixir strings suit the guitar perfectly. Sound quality is very good - it doesn't have the booming bass notes or sparkling treble notes of a larger, more expensive instrument, but it produces a very warm, textured sound that is light years better than the Backpacker. I've taken the Little Martin on numerous backpacking trips and bicycle tours. The factory gig bag is very nice, but somewhat bulky and heavy for long-distance carrying, so I made a simple polar fleece cover for it and it fastens perfectly to the back of my pack with the pack's cinch-straps. The guitar has taken a few knocks along the way - including once being completely submersed in the Pacific ocean (long story) - but it has proven very durable and resistant to changing temperature, humidity etc. The guitar, capo, clip-on tuner and fleece cover add about 5 pounds to the load...totally worth it. When I'm bicycle touring the guitar fits neatly inside my Nomad trailer. I've flown with it a fair amount, too, and found it to be an easy carry-on item in its padded case. It fits in most overhead bins, and on crowded flights I've always been able to get a stewardess to stash it in the coat closet by the cockpit. Around the house I find myself reaching for the Little Martin at least as often as my larger guitars. Highly recommended.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice solid guitar.Sounds great.

        By Denny

        from Minneapolis,MN

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

            Fun to play. I have small hands and fingers. I can play this guitar with no problem.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good sub for a parlor soze if you travel a lot

            By Fauxfolk

            from MN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Not a full tone

            Best Uses

            • Living Room
            • Practicing

            Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

            I was looking for a parlor or living room guitar that i could also travel with easily. This is perfect. The tone isnt as solid as my songwriter. The highs arent as clear and the lows and mids get muddy in comparison. On the plus side, its MUCH smaller, MUCH lighter, and MUCH cheaper. Does it sound 1/10th as good? Yes.
            Its also not as loud so practicing doesnt get obnoxious. Ive really been enjoying it. My girlfriend can even play bar chords on it because of the shorter scale. Its all around perfect for what you pay and what it promises.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my mini Martin!

            By Meiselise

            from Nashua, NH

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

              This guitar is so much fun! It sounds better than my old acoustic, and it's easier to play. I honestly never want to put it down.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Always ready to go

              By Ron the eternal guitar novice

              from New Hampshire

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                I have had my Little Martin for a couple of years at this point and of the four guitars I own, this is the one that gets played the most. This is because due to the small size and very stable construction materials and techniques, it is always near by, ready to pick up and play at a moments notice. While I keep more expensive and delicate guitars in their hard cases with humidifiers to maintain homeostasis as much as possible, the Little Martin is quite at home on a Jamstand next to my desk.

                I do keep a Planet Waves humidifier between the strings, even when the LM is on the stand because I live in the NE USA where the winter air in my home is very dry due to forced hot air heating. Since the body of the guitar is the High Pressure Laminate (HPL), it appears to me unaffected by changes in temperature and humidity, but I have found that without the humidifier, the bracing seems to dry out more and the sound can become a little 'pingy'. In fact this was my first impression when I picked it up at the local GC after ordering online. If I had not been able to play one in-store previously, I would have been disappointed with the tone and probably returned it. Instead I put on a new set of strings and put the humidifier between the strings and kept it in the quality Martin gig bag that came with it. Within a week it was sounding much better, more like the one that I tried in-store previously. Since the GC stores have good humidity levels in the acoustic rooms, this is a good way to try out a new guitar (after making sure it is in tune).

                The only reason that I ordered online to pickup in store was that when I was ready to buy, my local GC did not have it in stock at the time.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice little Guitar

                By Christopher

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                Nice little (3/4) guitar. Looked like it was sturdy enough but I actually returned it for a Taylor Mini. The Taylor is more $$ but the tone sounded better and the travel case on the Taylor was much better. I'm a happy camper.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good product

                By Ooooo

                from Ooooooo

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                    *****

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this travel guitar

                    By Jeffrey

                    from undisclosed

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                    We love this little guitar! It is the perfect compromise between sound and size. Easy enough to pack and travel with, or take to the park or camping, but still sounds excellent. The Koa finish is superb, looks much more expensive than it was. 10/10

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good little guitar

                    By erik

                    from undisclosed

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                    Good for a beginner guitar but not compare to my Martin D-35, but their is a $2400 difference. Good little guitar.

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect mini guitar

                    By LL

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about X Series LX Koa Little Martin Acoustic Guitar:

                      Great sound, has some twang. I also have the LX1E solid spruce top and the Koa top sounds better. More punchy, better projection and more clear. I was initially skeptical about the HPL top but it has won me over. I changed the strings to Elixir lights as the Martin strings were harsh feeling. I also sanded down the saddle. Martin guitars have high action and this is necessary to make playing more enjoyable. I love my new guitar!

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