MARTIN ACOUSTIC

MARTIN ACOUSTIC

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LX1E

While the Little Martin is our smallest guitar, it is very big on tone, quality and versatility. The LX1E acoustic electric model features a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany high-pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides, and a warm satin finish. It’s ideal for travel, student practice or for just playing around the house or campfire. This model includes sustainable wood certified parts.


For over 175 years, Martin has built a reputation for building some of the finest instruments in the world, used by top artists and highly sought after by avid players. The Martin LX1E "Little Martin" electro acoustic guitar is a beautifully designed travel-sized guitar that packs tonnes of power into a compact, perfectly-formed instrument.


The top is built from solid sitka spruce, a North American tone wood that is a popular choice in the construction of high-end acoustic guitars. Sitka spruce has the enviable combination of resilience, strength and elasticity, which gives the guitar a range of diverse tonal qualities from deep lows, through warm mids to crisp highs. The top is reinforced using Martin’s modified X series "X" bracing technique, giving further strength to prevent any chance of buckling over time, as well as giving a very secure feel to the body.


The top is built from solid sitka spruce, a North American tone wood that is a popular choice in the construction of high-end acoustic guitars. Sitka spruce has the enviable combination of resilience, strength and elasticity, which gives the guitar a range of diverse tonal qualities from deep lows, through warm mids to crisp highs. The top is reinforced using Martin’s modified X series "X" bracing technique, giving further strength to prevent any chance of buckling over time, as well as giving a very secure feel to the body.


The back and sides of the guitar are built from mahogany high-pressure laminate, which offers up all the wonderfully resonant tones you'd expect from such a dense tone wood. Thanks to the laminate it can withstand temperature and humidity differences much more capably than a non-laminate, making it ideal for those who want a guitar that travels well. The neck is cut to the very comfortable-to-play modified low oval profile. It is made from rust stratabond, a dye impregnated wood veneer that has now been utilised by Martin for their guitar necks due to its excellent durability and strength. As an alternative to traditional rosewood or ebony, the fingerboard is made from richlite. This is a lightweight composite material that is held in high regard due to its incredible strength, which adds to the integrity of the neck.


The neck has a generous 23” scale length, which is home to 20 very playable frets. The fingerboard width at the nut is 1-11/16” extending to 2-1/6” at the 12th fret, giving a very comfortable playing surface.


The Martin LX1E is fitted with the Fishman Isys T electronics system, which houses a built-in seven segment chromatic tuner, an EQ tone shaping control, a volume control switch and phase control.


The Tone control can be attenuated to help deliver a thicker or punchier sound. You can also drop out the midrange when finger-picking and add more depth for times when you want to strum hard. The phase control can be used to improve bass response at low volume and suppress feedback at high volume.


The guitar is finished to Martin’s high standards with a white corian nut, a black richlite bridge and a white tusq compensated saddle.



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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is well known for playing Little Martins and with the release of his last album, X, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for the two to team up on a new signature guitar. This new Ed Sheeran Signature X Little Martin is a nice merge of tradition and heritage from Martin and a very contemporary aesthetic, courtesy of Ed Sheeran. We've had the Ed Sheeran Signature X Little Martin guitars in stock before but they fly out that quickly that this is the first time we've been able to spend some time trying one out properly. So, here is our review of the Martin Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition electro-acoustic guitar.


It's a surprisingly loud guitar, given that it's only 3/4 size. It's very dynamic and responds well to a variety of right hand techniques so whether you're bashing away at it with a plectrum or you're lightly fingerpicking, the Ed Sheeran Little Martin puts out exactly what you put in. The sound is clear and quite bright, largely thanks to the solid spruce top. It's also worth noting that this guitar will sound better with time, as the solid top ages. Whilst you don't have the deep bass response you'd get from a full size dreadnought, it's still not bad at all. Your top end rings out nice and clear but the lower frequencies are certainly still there, adding a nice complexity to the overall tone. The Ed Sheeran Signature X Little Martin sounds fantastic plugged in. It's got a Fishman Isys preamp on board that features a tuner, volume control and contour and phases switches. These last two can make a big difference to your sound. The contour switch acts as an EQ when pressed - it boosts the treble and bass frequencies giving it a big, full sound. The phase switch gives you a bit more bass at lower volumes and helps supress feedback when you're louder. I preferred the sound with both switches pressed down. It's a really nice sounding guitar through an acoustic amp; it still sounds how it does acoustically but gives you the option of boosting some of the frequencies which helps fill the sound out - it certainly doesn't sound like a smaller guitar!


It's easy to play for anyone. It comes set up from Martin with a set of Lifespan SP strings on. The Little Martins have a smaller scale and the Ed Sheeran Signature X is no different, so if you're a young beginner just starting out, this a good option as it will mean that your hands will have a little less stretching to do. Now, does this mean that players with bigger hands who are used to full sized guitars won't feel comfortable with it? No, it doesn't. I'm a pretty tall male adult, I usually prefer big, chunky necks on guitars, and playing this was easy. It doesn't feel identical to a full sized acoustic, but it shouldn't. There's no problem fitting in all the notes into any chords, and the string spacing feels fine. Whilst I do prefer the feel of a full sized scale, this would be perfect to take travelling as it's much more portable and still plays great. The Ed Sheeran X Little Martin might also make for a good choice for electric players that want an acoustic guitar with a smaller nut width. Going from say, a Strat to this won't feel worlds apart and may provide a nice alternative to a full size acoustic.


What I like about the Ed Sheeran Signature X Little Martin is that they've been quite subtle with the look of it. It might have been tempting to plaster giant X's all over it but they've refrained. The fret markers are small green X's on the neck which stand out, but not too much. The Martin logo is in green, like his album artwork and features an X and 'Est. 1991', celebrating the birth year of the pop titan. On the body is a nice inlaid X made from koa which compliments the solid sitka spruce top and the high pressure laminate koa back and sides. Overall, it's a nice, natural looking guitar. Whilst the Ed Sheeran fanatics out there are going to love it, you don't have to be his biggest fan to getting away with playing it.


It's a Martin. Any Martin guitar is a safe bet with regards to quality. These particular models are Mexican built and from the few that I've seen in person seem to be very well made. Martin have obviously put a lot of effort into making these new Ed Sheeran Signature X Editions and will give players years of enjoyment. They also come shipped with a decent, padded gig bag which will help keep your guitar in the best nick.



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DCPA4 Series

The Martin DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar is built entirely of solid tone woods to reproduce that big and open Martin sound. The back and sides are crafted in African sapele wood that looks and sounds a great deal like mahogany. The beautifully book matched Sitka spruce top employs Martin's hybrid "A-Frame" scalloped bracing. The DCPA4's neck has a slim, more parallel taper at the 12th fret giving you more hand-friendly ergonomics down the neck. Bridge spacing has been modified to 2-3/16" “ a position midway between Martin's two usual placements. Along with the look, feel, and enhanced performance of Martin's existing Performing Artist Series models, the DCPA4 also features the new, simplified Fishman F1 Analog electronics system.


  • Body size: D-14 fret cutaway
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: two ring
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: black boltaron
  • Neck shape: performing artist profile
  • Headstock: solid/square taper
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • Fngerboard position inlays: offset dots - white abs
  • Bridge material: black richlite
  • Bridge style: performing artist belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ large buttons
  • Pickguard: tortoise color
  • Case: 375pa hardshell brown
  • Interior: label none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 analog