There has been a lot of interest on this front recently, everybody wants to know what guitar Ed Sheeran Plays. Well we’ve done our research and we’re pretty sure we can answer that question, so you can all stop wrecking your brains trying to catch a glimpse of his headstock. Mr. Sheeran has found the guitar that works for him, and stuck with it. When Ed started out on the music scene he was using the pre 2011 Martin LX1E's which featured a Fishman Mini Q pickup that's preamp/battery box was mounted underneath the strap nut at the bottom of the guitar. Martin then started releasing new LX1E's with a Fishman Isys T pickup with controls mounted on the side of the guitar. Because of a hole being cut into the side of the guitar to fit the preamp it affects the sound of the guitar especially the percussive element so Ed & his guitar tech contacted Martin asking them to provide them with LX1's and fit them with spare Fishman Mini Q pickups so whenever Ed replaces a guitar (which he does often), all his guitar tech does is recycles the pickup into a new LX1 where a hole for the preamp is either already cut or gets cut. The same applies to his signature models. For general public, the LX1E's come with the Fishman Isys T pickups. Solid Sitka Spruce top, HPL Mahogany finish back & sides, Stratabond neck.more
In this gif, one can see Tegan Quin playing a Martin X Series LX1E Little Martin acoustic guitar.
Feels really good and sounds bright. This guitar can take a beating. I lowered the action when I first got this guitar and noticed that alot of the weight is on the neck of the guitar. Through wear and tear you'll find the guitars top is very prone to getting scratched up over time from your picks due to its natural finish. Great sound from the Fishman Isys T pickups system but its built in tuner is crap. Would be better if they resorted to a sound-hole pickup such as the Fishman Sonitone so that there is no hole to accommodate the side mounted preamp thus affecting the guitar sound.
These days I use this guitar as my backup. I bring it with my main guitar for the bigger gigs as a backup incase I break a string, for songs that have alternative tunings or for certain songs that I feel deserves the sound from this guitar but in general, its my backup.
The guitar has considerable sound for the miniature body. Although if you're performing in front of any audience get yourself a good amp of plug into P.A. The fishman on it is a great preamp and the guitar is really though. (I dropped mine more than once and so far only couple visible scratches). Definately recommend for travelling and beginner guitarists as well as practice instriments!
First time I picked up this guitar I fell in love with it. So easy to play and has such a full sound. A ton of fun and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cool guitar to play around the house or campfire.
I have a plan on buying this guitar... hope its okay to ask for help.. whats the difference between a LX1E and a X series LX1E?...just read a while ago... and also is there any difference on LX1E's made in mexico and those made in the U.S? just saw a label in a store here that is made in mexico while Martin guitars originated in the U.S...hope you can help me out guys
I bought this guitar a year ago, and it continues to surprise me with its quality and playability, a guitar I would recommend to travelling musicians.