Little Martin LXK2 Acoustic Guitar Review

Martin LXK2 Review (Little Martin Acoustic)

Martin LXK2 Little Martin Acoustic
Weighted ratings table for the Martin LXK2 acoustic guitar

Tone Quality of the LXK2

There are going to be some built-in limitations to the tone of a guitar this size, like volume, projection (audible reach), and sustain.

Tone Highlights and Descriptors

  • Low sustain
  • Low projection
  • Rhythmic
  • Warm
  • Thick
  • Low-end EQ emphasis

Tonewood Overview

One of the weaknesses of the LXK2 and its predecessor, the the LX1, would have to be the tonewood situation.

The Martin LXK2 is made entirely of a laminate KOA. Not bad…also not great.

Construction and Build Quality

The verbiage “mortise and tenon” used to describe the neck joint is essentially a fancier way to say a “bolt on neck.”

The LXK2 uses a mortise and tenon neck joint to connect the guitar’s neck and body. This is a fairly common setup.

Electronics Review

By default the LXK2 does not have any kind of built-in electronics.

The LX1E Little Martin includes a Fishman Sonitone pickup and preamp system for plugging into an amp or PA system.

Value of the Martin LXK2

The LXK2 is on the low-end of our best acoustic guitars list, but keep in mind:

Martin LXK2 VS Baby Taylor (BT2)

The BT2 is a little larger than the LXK2 at 3/4 the size of a full acoustic guitar.

The Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor is similar in construction and tone quality to the LXK2.

Best Fit and Context

The LXK2 is designed for things like travel, easy playing, practice, and taking lessons.


The LXK2 definitely has its limitations.

Other Martin LXK2 Resources

Your Questions and Comments

For those of you with lingering questions about our Martin LXK2 review or the process by which we rate acoustic guitars, feel free to leave a note in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to respond.

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