Martin LX1E Little Martin Travel Acoustic Guitar


90 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

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Martin LX1E Little Martin

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 375+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

There's no denying the popularity of the "Little Martin" LX1E, it gives the guitarists a chance to own a proper Martin guitar that's reasonably priced and portable.

But more than just a parlor/travel guitar, the LX1E is a true workhorse instrument, with its solid sitka spruce top, sturdy HPL back and sides, and stage ready Fishman Isys T electronics.

So much so that it continues to be the instrument of choice for many musicians, including big name artists like Ed Sheeran who plays a Martin LX1E signature, even when he can afford other more premium alternatives.


  • Body Profile: Modified O-14 Little Martin
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Sides: HPL (High Pressure Laminate)
  • Neck: Stratabond
  • Fretboard: Richlite 20-Frets
  • Scale Length: 23"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: Fishman Isys T
  • Battery: 1 x 9V (Piezo Preamp)
  • Bundled with Gigbag: Yes
  • Total Length: 34"
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs


In the eyes of its users, the "Little Martin" is anything but small - rather many of them revere it as the best acoustic travel guitar on the market. Its genuine woody Martin tone continues to rake in good reviews, while others are drawn in by its practical portability, elegance and playability. Even a popular artist like Ed Sheeran is impressed enough to make it his main instrument.


There are a few experienced players who nitpicked on some workmanship/cosmetic issues, most of which are on the neck, but they are still happy with the instrument overall.


If you're looking for a workhorse travel acoustic guitar, then the Martin LX1E is perfect for you.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated option available that you can see in our guide to The Best Travel Guitars.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.