Little Martin Guitar Review!
Beginners Acoustic Guitar
Little Martin Guitar
Since Taylor offers a Baby Taylor guitar aimed at travelers and young players, Martin couldn’t sit on the side without getting a piece of the pie.
So Martin served up the Little Martin guitar, and it’s a sweet little guitar that has a beautiful Koa wood option.
The Little Martin and the Baby Taylor are both somewhat cheaply constructed guitars designed to a low price point rather than a high standard.
Personal preference is all that dictates which of the two choices is better for young players and traveling musicians who can’t manage a full-size guitar.
At 23 inches in length, the Little Martin is about the same size as the Baby Taylor.
The Little Martin is made around a modified O-14 fret body. The back and sides are made of laminate, but the LX1 and LX1E models features solid Sitka spruce tops for a better sound a bit more refined look -- and to compete with similar tops offered on the Baby Taylor.
In recent year, an increasing number of components on the Little Martin have switched from natural to synthetic materials.
Now, necks are made of Stratabond and fretboards and bridges use Micarta instead of rosewood or morado.
These are simple guitars without pickguards or fretboard inlays, features some minimalist players don’t like anyway.
The tuners are simple and nickel plated, and the C.F. Martin name is written in script on the headstock, giving a single touch of class to an otherwise sparsely-decorated guitar.
A black model is available if the standard look doesn’t appeal to you, but lots of reviewers recommend the upgraded look of the koa model.
The highly figured wood makes the koa Little Martin look like it costs more than other models, but it’s the same price.
While all-laminate Little Martins are listed at almost $400, you can pick one up on Musician’s Friend and at other online stores for less than $300 new.
And Martin got another minor detail right: Knowing these guitars are intended for new players not accustomed to handling musical instruments and for hikers and bikers, among other travelers, the gig bag included with new ones is heavily padded.
All that’s left for you to do is decide between the Baby Taylor and the Little Martin guitar.
Truthfully, there’s really no competition.
That doesn’t mean one is clearly better than the other, though.
It means they’re so similar it would be hard to find enough differences to distinguish between them. They’re simply too evenly matched.
And after all, what fun is a competition between equals?
Tell us what you know about this guitar
Upload your images, or send us the url to your video. We'll embed it on this page, and give you plenty of feedback.
Add your comments in the submission box below.
Little Martin Guitar to Martin Guitars
Little Martin Guitar to Guitar and Amplifier Reviews - Home