#1
Hi Guys,

This is my first post so be kind!

I've got quite a few gigs ahead of me this summer, some that I'll need to play acoustic guitar for, but in my band I play quite a few instruments, so I need something small to carry... Which is how I found the Little Martin LX1E. The reviews online make it seem pretty good and I've tried a LXK2, which was nice... But my question is...
Is buying the LX1E going to be an upgrade from my yamaha, or not worth the money?
P.s Since i'm gigging I will need the EQ.

Cheers,
Lewis.
#2
the little martin is one of the guitars i recommend for kids, although lots of adults use it as a travel guitars, as its smaller size fits in many airline carryones. it's smaller than a dread, even smaller than a parlor guitar. it sounds good for its size, but i wouldn't think of it as an upgrade for someone who will be playing live.

you might want to try a solid top yamaha fg720, which is acoustic electric and has a cutaway. your current guitar is all laminate, i believe, so this would be a step up.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-FG-Series-FGX720SCA-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-104402805-i1176003.gc
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#3
Okay thanks, I'll give that a look! Problem is, I'm pretty sure I need a slightly smaller size guitar, but I still need to be able to gig with it.
#4
i'd give up the size restrictions for tonal quality. is that extra cubic foot of space worth the huge sonic difference you'll hear onstage??
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#5
yes, there's a difference tonally. the little martin is smaller than an 0 sized guitar, and although martin does a pretty good job with the bass - impressive considering its size - and i play guitars similar to the size of the little martin, if it weren't for my shoulder, i'd play a bigger guitar.

one of my favorite slightly smaller guitars is the fender hellcat, but it's sort of bright (surprisingly although i don't like most bright guitars, the tone the mahogany top brings to the hellcat is pretty nice) and the top has a sort of unique look that may not work for everyone http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-tim-armstrong-hellcat-acoustic-electric-guitar/580406

there's also the yamaha FSX700SC. which is a little smaller than a dread, has a solid top, and comes in natural, sandburst, and a pretty decent tobacco-like sunburst
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fsx700sc-solid-top-concert-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar

or perhaps you could get a guitar like the epiphone EL-00 (nice sounding, good bass, solid top, a little boxy but pretty nice) or takamine new yorker (more or less 0 sized but with fairly good bass and a nice look) or seagull folk (these are all solid tops with smaller bodies) and have an inexpensive pickup installed. for a little more, the new yorker can be had with pickup installed. i'm trying to stick near the price of the little martin here - if your budget is higher, it would be worth mentioning.

alvarez has an okay parlor in most guitar centers, and recording king makes a solid top parlor (the RP-06) with good sound, and solid top 000 (which sounds a little better - recording king makes great 000s) that should be on your list.
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Last edited by patticake at Jun 7, 2013,
#6
Hi,
thanks for the help! In the end I went with a nice electro-acoustic sigma, it has a really nice tone, just the intonation is a little off!