As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 14 – New York-inspired (Dec. 2020)
Martin’s X Series guitars are made for all kinds of players with a price point that is appealing and quality that surpasses many in this price range. Whether you need durability on the road or you just want to jam with some friends or in your room, the performance turned out to be impressive when we put an X2E model to the test (they have a wide range of models in this series).
The 00L-X2E is the upgraded replacement for the 00L-X1AE. It has a more stable neck and scalloped bracing to make it more responsive and resonant to project a sweet tone. It has a Sitka spruce top and HPL back and sides (High Pressure Laminate is a sustainable material Martin has been using for the X series). This reviewer finds it to be more durable and happens to own three Martins made with HPL and use them at shows, including two older Custom X versions when the series first started.
The 00L-X2E is the Grand Concert model. It’s reminiscent of classical guitar bodies providing a nice mid-range tone. The neck is slightly wider like classical guitars, but it still offers versatility and comfort when playing chords. The Fishman MX electronics project a sparkling tone and a considerable amount of resonance for a smaller guitar (as opposed to a dreadnought).
We recommend the X Series because these are workhorse guitars that sound great, are durable, comfortable to play, and won’t break the bank.
Street price: $599.00
For more info: martinguitar.com/xseries