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 tonewood 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 tonewood. 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.