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                Best Acoustic Guitars With HPL Back in 2023

                Here are the top acoustic guitars with HPL back. HPL is a man-made, resistant material made to sound like wood. It's a high-pressure laminate made from multiple layers of paper or fabric that are impregnated with resin and then fused together under high pressure and heat.

                Out of the more than 2000 guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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                1. Martin LX1R Little Martin

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                Martin LX1R Little Martin
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                Playability 87
                Sound 84
                Build quality 68
                Value for money 90
                Overall Score 80

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2014 Little Martin series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 23"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Rust Birch Laminate neck
                • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonitone (Preamp/Active)
                • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
                • Acoustic Modified Low Oval Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin LX1R Little Martin
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                2. Martin D-X2E

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                Martin D-X2E
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                Playability 82
                Sound 85
                Build quality 70
                Value for money 84
                Overall Score 79

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2020 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Select Hardwood neck
                • Katalox fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • Katalox bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin D-X2E
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                3. Martin 000-X2E

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                Martin 000-X2E
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                Playability 82
                Sound 84
                Build quality 69
                Value for money 83
                Overall Score 78

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2020 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 24.9"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Select Hardwood neck
                • Select Hardwood fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • Select Hardwood bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin 000-X2E
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                4. Martin GPC-X2E

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                Martin GPC-X2E
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                Playability 82
                Sound 85
                Build quality 69
                Value for money 84
                Overall Score 79

                Player Feedback

                • Neck access to high frets: Easy (1 vote)
                • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
                • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
                • Weight: Lightweight (1 vote)
                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
                • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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                • From Martin's 2020 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Select Hardwood neck
                • Select Hardwood fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
                • Select Hardwood bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin GPC-X2E
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                5. Martin D-X2E 12 String

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                Martin D-X2E 12 String
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                Playability 82
                Sound 85
                Build quality 69
                Value for money 84
                Overall Score 79

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2015 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 12 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Select Hardwood neck
                • Select Hardwood fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • Select Hardwood bridge
                • Acoustic Low Profile Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin D-X2E 12 String
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                6. Martin DC-X2E

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                Martin DC-X2E
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                Playability 82
                Sound 85
                Build quality 69
                Value for money 84
                Overall Score 79

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2016 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Select Hardwood neck
                • Select Hardwood fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • Select Hardwood bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin DC-X2E
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                7. Martin DX Johnny Cash

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                Martin DX Johnny Cash
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                Playability 82
                Sound 83
                Build quality 66
                Value for money 82
                Overall Score 77

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2019 Custom & Special Editions series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • HPL top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Black Birch Laminate neck
                • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin DX Johnny Cash
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Top Wood
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                8. Martin D-X1E

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                Martin D-X1E
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                Playability 82
                Sound 83
                Build quality 66
                Value for money 82
                Overall Score 77

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2019 X series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • HPL top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Natural Birch Laminate neck
                • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman MX (Preamp/Active)
                • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin D-X1E
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Top Wood
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                9. Martin LX1 Little Martin

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                Martin LX1 Little Martin
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                Playability 87
                Sound 81
                Build quality 62
                Value for money 87
                Overall Score 77

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
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                • From Martin's 2014 Little Martin series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 23"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • Solid Spruce top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Rust Birch Laminate neck
                • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: (/)
                • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
                • Acoustic Modified Low Oval Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin LX1 Little Martin
                • Solid Top Wood
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • No Top Brand Pickups
                • No Electronics
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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                10. Martin DX WOODSTOCK 50th

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                Martin DX WOODSTOCK 50th
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                Playability 82
                Sound 83
                Build quality 66
                Value for money 82
                Overall Score 77

                Player Feedback

                • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
                • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
                • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
                • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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                • From Martin's 2019 Custom & Special Editions series
                • Made in Mexico
                • 6 strings
                • 25.4"'' scale
                • 16" Fretboard Radius
                • HPL top
                • HPL back
                • HPL sides
                • Rust Birch Laminate neck
                • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
                • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonitone (Preamp/Active)
                • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
                • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
                • 20 Medium frets
                • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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                Martin DX WOODSTOCK 50th
                • Top Brand Pickups
                • Electronics
                • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
                • No Locking Tuners
                • Made in Mexico
                • No Expensive Woods
                • No High-Quality Nut
                • Low-Quality Material Saddle
                • Laminated Top Wood
                • Laminated Side Wood
                • Laminated Back Wood
                • No Compound Radius Fretboard
                • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
                • No Strap Lock

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