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    I was perusing Guitar Center last week and stumbled across a Martin LX1 in their acoustic room. What a little gem! I want to recommend this for ukulele players sticking a toe into guitars.

    It has the features that we love on a uke--namely, small size. A touch larger than a baritone uke. It has a solid spruce top, and has the laminate back and sides seen on Martin's OXK ukulele. Strap buttons are pre-installed at neck and heel. It comes with genuine Martin strings that are superb. The sound is fabulous--not as deeply resonant as a dreadnaught guitar, but hey, at least I can put it on my lap in front of my computer desk while teaching myself from videos. And there are about 100 guitar tutorial videos for every one ukulele tutorial, I swear. It is loud compared to the nylon stringed ukes, certainly.

    Anyhow, this made-in-Mexico baby comes with a dutchie Martin logo embroidered gig bag, all for $309 at Guitar Center, and if, like me, you grab one of those 10% off coupons flying around the store like confetti, it's about $260, before sales tax. Same price on Amazon. So, if you have a gift card burning a hole, and don't want a Lanakai or Luna uke, maybe the Martin guitar LX1 would be a good spend.

    I'll throw up some photos, and just wanted to put a bug in the ear of my fellow uke players. A size-friendly, nicely playing, name-brand guitar that is grab-and-go for us.

    And, it comes in other varieties and amplified:
    http://www.guitaradventures.com/litt...-guitar-review

    There's even an Ed Sheeran model, if one is into modern bling. lol Sounds the same as LX1.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWdO-84lOfM

    Enjoy!
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    Thanks for bringing this up! Is this what they call the Little Martin? What is the scale length? Just like you said, I have been thinking that a smaller Guitar might help me improve my skills with six strings...

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    Hi, brother Rakelele. I tossed a tape measure on it just now and it appears to be 23". Is that similar to your Nui? I think it's the same. So, yea, if you wanted a similar six-string, this might be a good one. I agree, it's good for finger-picking practice. I'm playing (more like stumbling through) Hysteria by Def Leppard now from this tutorial. LOL.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5_e...=RDm5_eTkGSjqw

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    Yes, same scale length as the Pono Baritone Nui. I guess I will try to find a Music Store near me that carries the Martin. Thanks again, nice tutorial, too!

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    Good grab Steve! Funny... I've been playing a lot of guitar lately as well. Hadn't really played in a few years, but been having a lot of fun re-learning songs and picking up some new tricks. When I started playing was just as the "video lesson" thing was getting started. However, my favorite site has no vids.
    http://www.ericlugosch.com/lessonhome.html
    Huge variety of styles. Short interesting pieces that I just never get tired of. "standing on the outside" and "16 tons" are songs a play ever time I grab one of my guitars.

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    Yes, do try them out at GC near you, Rake. It's fun to sit in the acoustic room and see what a dollar can buy in more of a mass market product than the ukulele (let's just say, you get a lot of guitar for not much dough, comparatively).

    I didn't know you play guitar, Josh. That is super cool that you straddle both sides of the fence (you must like Gibson guitars, eh? ;-o) Thanks for sharing. I'm going to check out that website you linked.

    Here's a fun little Sunday Morning video I found about Martin in Nazareth, PA., for those interested. Tons of online vids, but this one is particularly well-done (and only 6 minutes long...lol. Makes me wonder what Sebastian or Clapton could do with my new "Formica" Little Martin. LOL

    You know, one of the little things that I like most about Martin guitars, and surely one of the primary reasons for the Martin mystique: the headstock is flat on top so, standing upright, the guitar leans well against a wall. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post

    I didn't know you play guitar, Josh. That is super cool that you straddle both sides of the fence (you must like Gibson guitars, eh? ;-o) Thanks for sharing. I'm going to check out that website you

    You know, one of the little things that I like most about Martin guitars, and surely one of the primary reasons for the Martin mystique: the headstock is flat on top so, standing upright, the guitar leans well against a wall. haha
    Ha, yes I love those old Gibson guitars. My little Gibson Uke2 was a way of fulfilling my dream of owning a early Gibson blues box. I'm pretty spoiled in the guitar department as well. I have a Marin 00-18v and a Larriver all mahogany parlor.

    It weird, but as I was learning the uke, I had little interest in guitars. I was a fairly competent finger picker, but lost interest. Likely because I had stopped progressing. Picking it back up 2 weeks ago, I'm now feel like I'm a much better guitar player. Somehow learning the uke has had a positive influence on the way I approach the guitar. I'm incorporating some different picking and strumming patterns. Usually when I watch uke videos, I can tell who are/were good guitar players by the way they are playing their uke. It's fun to see how my uke playing is now influencing my guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwieties View Post
    It weird, but as I was learning the uke, I had little interest in guitars. I was a fairly competent finger picker, but lost interest. Likely because I had stopped progressing. Picking it back up 2 weeks ago, I'm now feel like I'm a much better guitar player. Somehow learning the uke has had a positive influence on the way I approach the guitar. I'm incorporating some different picking and strumming patterns. ... It's fun to see how my uke playing is now influencing my guitar.
    That is my experience as well: My intense encounter with the Uke has improved my Guitar skills, as poor as they are. The Ukulele really helped me understand the concept of a stringed instrument. When I pick up my Guitar now, after more than a decade, I notice that I can do more stuff than ever before.

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