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Martin Backpacker Mandolin   

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The Martin Mandolin has the space-saving Backpacker body design that allows it to fit easily into your bag, and the scale of a standard bluegrass man...Click To Read More About This Product

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An easy traveler with a great sound and feel!

The Martin Mandolin has the space-saving Backpacker body design that allows it to fit easily into your bag, and the scale of a standard bluegrass mandolin. Its solid tonewood top and mahogany neck, back, and sides give it plenty of tone. It sounds and feels like a real mandolin.

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  • Solid tonewood top
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Great tone
  • Portable size
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4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like it, even if it is a mandolin!

By Stoneager

from Reno, NV

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Almost didn't give it a chance. After a minor setup, (In this case just tightining the tuning keys) and a proper tuning I could cleanly fret every note on the fetboard. This one sounds rich, full and well intonated. It is also well built, of very nice wood. The shape is also quite artfull (in my opinion) Like a bell! I have grown to like it a lot. Though I have owned other mandolins and like electric guitar best this is a cool little mando and I plan to keep it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

hey, but it's a Martin

By AMOS-06mI6

from Red Bank TN.

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Yes there are sveral mandos that are probably better in its price range. But it has a unique shape and tone that make it a worthwhile purchase. I would not recommend that this be your primary instrument. But if you plan on sitting by the fire at your campsite and picking all night I would much rather expose my backpacker to the elements than a SAM BUSH model F-5, IF you know what i mean. It sounds good has a very treble sounding bark and the bag and strap that come with this unique shape and sound are a good buy. No it does not sound or play like a 3,000 dollar mando, but for its price and accesories it is well worth the money! And hey, it's a MARTIN!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

decent playability, sound quality not bad

By itsnotaukeleledarnit

from Eastern Shore, MD

I wanted a mandolin that could go "in harm's way" and be reasonably playable; sound was secondary. I found the treble clear, but the bass side very thin. But it is just a little guy. Playablity is pretty nice, workmanship is good. It does what it was designed to do. You can't expect super sound in this price range anyway. Only other thing is that it is a bit awkward to hold since there isn't much there. Might be easier playing with strap.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great entry-level mandolin.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have owned this mandolin for about 2 years now and it has been a great instrument thus far. When shopping for a mandolin, this was my best option for my buget. Even some of the more "pricey" mandolins didn't have the sound quality and punch that this little martin offers. However, it being a backpackers mandolin, it may be a little difficult to play without the strap which is not a huge problem. This mandolin has served my purposes well and is a great value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprising Sustain

By Boundary

from San Diego, CA

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What I've read on the internet gave me some fairly low expectations on this instrument. I had a friend with one and was quite surprised by the sound. This is a travel instrument and quite a bit more durable than you might expect. Yes mandolins are already small, but this takes up a lot less room in a suitcase or overhead than a regular mando and case. I travel away from home for several weeks at a time and will enjoy the practice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mandolin!

By Robert-0R7r5

from Nashville, TN

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It is compact and easier to transport then a full-sized mandolin. Yes, mandolins are small, but this one is smaller and still easy to play. Great sound and volume and playability. Well worth the money. We use ours several times a week.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Smart idea, Nice mandolin.

By CamperDave2

from Martha's Vineyard, MA

I was a bit skeptical after reading other reviews. Yes a standard mandolin is small so why make one smaller? If you actually spend any time living in a truck camper you will appriciate the space savings and the ability to store this in places a full size mando simply won't fit. And if you actually take an instrument backpacking, the size and especially the weight of this mando will make your pack happy. Very light yet durable. Sounds better than many inexpensive models and plays well. Mine has a slightly high action that will probably fix up fine with some sandpaper on the bridge.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not all that great

By smbsh

from chicago, IL

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i never understood this model. is a mandolin not already small enough to go traveling with? there is not much space saved using this instead of a regular mandolin. the sound quality is nice, but nothing worth more than 7 stars. my review may be a bit critical because i think it is such a stupid idea. but you definitely can get a better sounding mando for just as much cash.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A stupid idea.

By smbsh

from chicago, IL

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This has to be the dumbest idea I've ever heard of. Is a mandolin not already small enough to fit in a backpack? This definatly is not worth your money, I recommend saving up your money for a nice mandolin.

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