Martin LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition

Photo by Steve Rose


The Ed Sheeran LX1E is a limited edition model that Martin released last year. I purchased this guitar based on it’s portability and features. It’s nice to have a guitar that you can just pick up and play while sitting on the couch or take with you when playing around a campfire.


While this is a smaller scale, travel-type guitar, it doesn’t feel like you are playing a small guitar. It fits well when in your hands and has good balance whileon your lap. I was concerned that I would have some playability issues given the smaller sized neck and fretboard, but that was not the case. Whether you’re flatpicking or fingerpicking, the notes ring out well and sound great on this guitar. I may not choose this over a D-28, but it is a nice option for those looking for portability or someone starting out and looking for a quality instrument.

This is my first time playing a Martin LX series guitar and I am pleased with the result. The built in tuner comes in handy and the guitar stays in tune quite well. With the variety of recording apps available for phones and tablets, this guitar is perfect when that moment strikes. You can plug directly into the guitar and capture that idea for your next great song. This specific model isn’t available any longer, but if you can find one, I recommend you give it a shot. Though there are some aesthetics on this instrument that are specific to Ed Sheeran, they work well within the instrument and do not take away from it’s overall value.


Modified 0-14 Fret Body SizeIMG_0124

Tenon Neck Joint

Solid Certified Sapele Top

Modified Low Oval Neck

Single Ring Boltaron Rosette

FSC Certified Richlite Fingerboard

Fishman Isys T Onboard Preamp and Sonicore Pickup

Day Glo Orange Painted Logo

Corian Nut

Tusq Saddle

18:1 Ping Black Tuners

Made in Mexico

Padded LXM Gig Bag

* Features a laser etched plus sign and the word ‘each’ on the body to signify Ed Sheeran’s association with the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, an organization that provides care and support to children and young people facing life threatening conditions. Martin will donate a portion of the sales of these instruments to that cause.

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S. Rose