Martin Ed Sheeran Review
The Ed Sheeran’s X Signature edition is the second signature guitar Ed Sheeran has created together with the Martins. Remember the first, the Martin XL1E Sheeran’s signature edition created back in 2013 which sold massively of which the royalties were donated to charity.
Ed Sheeran has also pledged to donate the royalties from the X signature edition to charity as well, and such act of benevolence is rare considering how other acts value those royalties.
In case you don’t know, Ed Sheeran is a British songwriter and musician with multiple platinum selling albums. Ed Sheeran’s first album that was released in 2011 had been certified six-time platinum despite the deteriorating album sales this decade.
His vocals and sounds have sourced him admirers all over the globe which have resulted in several achieved accolades.
Ed Sheeran won the Brits Awards for the best male solo artists, and the British break-through acts, His single “Team A” from his first album earned him the Ivor Novello Awards for best musically and lyrically.
Ed Sheeran’s second studio album, X (read as multiple) won the Brit album of the year, Ivor Novello songwriter of the year, While the single “Thinking out loud” earned him two Grammy awards in 2016.
Ed Sheeran’s love for the Martins has been unending since he found out that the Martin brand was a perfect fit for his vocals. The Martins Guitars have been so instrumental in the Ed Sheeran’s rise to the “musical heavens”.
That seems to be the reason you might keep on seeing him team up with the Martin’s over again for his signature guitars.
The Martin have been known for manufacturing top class guitars for over a century. The Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars, electric guitars, and electric basses which have done extremely well commercially.
Martin is the pioneer inventor of the dreadnought body styled and scalloped bracing guitars, characteristic features of the new flat top steel string acoustic guitar.
The Martins have worked so hard to sustain their high standards for several years, and their level of consistency in delivering quality tone is second to none. In taking their brand to impressive levels, the Martins collaborated with several recognized artists to customize their favorite guitars.
Other than the popular Ed Sheeran’s -x- signature guitar, the Martins have made signature guitars for different artists from different genres.
The Martins have made signature guitars for the legendary rock and blue guitarist/songwriter Eric Patric Clapton, American musical icon Jimmy Buffet, Canadian legendary folk musician Gordon Lightfoot, and several other acts.
The Ed Sheeran-X-Signature Guitar is the second signature guitar the Martins made for Ed Sheeran after the previous signature guitar made for him recorded tremendous success.
The success recorded by Ed Sheeran’s LX1E signature guitar prompted the Sheeran’s -x-signature guitar which has “X” the multiple sign all over it.
The Ed Sheeran’s –X- signature guitar can be used by a lot of players especially those with small hands because of its size. It will pass for a beginner guitar because of the stretches which are easy to pull off.
Experienced players may tend to enjoy playing this guitar too because of its portability.
While this guitar will easy win the heart of Ed Sheeran fanatics, it will also win the heart of others outside his fan base.
Martin Ed Sheeran Review: Build Quality
As expected from Martin, The Martin Ed Sheeran X Signature guitar features a premium wood to achieve the warm and dynamic sound that would make you want to fly to the moon.
The top of the Ed Sheeran X signature guitar is made of solid Spruce (a high-quality wood mostly used in the soundboards of most musical instruments compared to the Sapele top previously utilized by the original Martin Ed Sheeran Guitar “+” model) with inlaid Koa “X.”
The X-signature guitar top braces are actually crowned cross brace and the bracing pattern is a modified X series “X.”
Due to its stiffness-to-weight ratio, the spruce is one of the best woods used when making quality instruments.
When I first heard that wood improves with age, I was shocked. The reality is that Spruce grows with age, the more it is being played, the more it sounds better.
The back and sides of the Ed Sheeran’s- X- signature guitar are made of Koa (an environmental friendly wood which is not just beautiful but produces some unusual sounds) with a high-pressure laminate (HPL) texture finish.
The Ed-Sheeran’s –X- signature has an excellent construction I have to say with a Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint. The material used for the neck is a Birch Laminate- Brown and the neck seems to be a modified flat oval in shape.
Also, Black Corian is the choice of nut material for the X-signature guitar with a nut width of 1.69” (43mm).
Like the LX1E, the fingerboard and bridge are made of Richlite – an alternative to Rosewood. Richlite is the choice of material because of its incredible strength making the neck feel sturdy.
The bridge string spacing is 2 1/8” and the X-signature opted for the belly style for the deck.
The Ed-Sheeran’s –X- signature features a 23-inch scale length with a hand-rubbed aging toner finishes at the top.
The fingerboard is a 20-fret fingerboard with the number of frets cleared being 14.
The Headstock of the Ed-Sheeran’s –X- signature guitar features a Solid/LX Taper and also the Headplate is composed of black high-pressure laminate textured finish with green CFM logo and “X” sign.
The Saddle is compensated with a 16-inch radius and a black Tusq.
Martin Ed Sheeran Review: Sound Quality
The Ed Sheeran’s –X- signature sound pretty great, bright and responsive I have to say thanks to the solid spruce top. Although, it may lack a few projection and bass response as you’ll get from a larger dreadnought guitar.
On testing, it produces a sound that is loud and this is quite surprising considering it’s a ¾ size. It responds well to every right-hand technique I throw at it and this makes it a perfect for players who lightly fingerpick or those who bash away.
I actually prefer the sound of this in its categories like the Martin Backpacker and the LX1E.
With the Preamp plugged, I was amazed by the sound my ears were hearing. It was actually a delight. The Fishman Isys preamp gives you the power to change the tone to your liking and that was what I did.
The Fishman Isys preamp major components are the tuner, the volume control, and the contour & phase switches. The contour and phase switches make a lot of difference in the sound production of the Ed Sheeran –X- signature guitar.
The contour switch acts as an equalizer when pressed as it helps in boosting the treble and bass frequencies which give it a big and full sound.
The Phase switch helps in the bass production by producing more bass when you lower the volume, and it helps suppress the feedback if the volume gets louder.
Personally, I enjoyed the sound production better when I pressed both switches down. It is quite nice using the acoustic amp in the guitar sound production.
There is no much difference though as it still sounds like an acoustic, but the only difference is it gives you the option to boost some of the frequencies which feel the sound to your liking.
The Ed Sheeran –X signature guitar really does not sound like a small acoustic guitar. It is best used in jamming, practicing, recording session, etc.
Martin Ed Sheeran Review: Pros and Cons
Martin Ed Sheeran Review: Editor’s Rating Card
Head and Neck
Top quality materials were used in the production of the Ed Sheeran –X signature for durability
Martin has never disappointed in quality and the Ed Sheeran- X Signature guitar’s hardware is not excluded
The sound produced from this six-string acoustic is one of the best I have heard so far.
Even if the Ed Sheeran –X signature guitar is a bit pricey, it is worth every money spent.
There is a saying that my professor in school way back always reminds us – good things come in small packages. That is the case with the Ed Sheeran –X signature guitar.
With its small size, it is beautifully crafted with quality materials and the sound produced is fantastic. You can easily take it from one place to another because of its portability.
The Ed Sheeran –X signature has good tonal assets inside of it. It will be great using his for a concert or if you just play while sitting on the couch.
I am impressed with this product because it is worth the money and it deserves a personal rating of 5/5.
I will definitely recommend to anyone no matter your mastery of the guitar.