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Martin Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
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Don't let the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Acoustic Guitar fool you. A braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, back, and s...Click To Read More About This Product
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Built for portable durability . . . and great sound!
Don't let the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Acoustic Guitar fool you. A braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, back, and sides gives this cool little guitar a surprisingly big projection. Built to withstand the rigors of camping, hiking, and off-road traveling. Includes high-quality chrome-enclosed tuners. A unique bridge on the nylon-string version accepts either plain or ball-end classic strings. Weighs less than 2-1/2 lbs.
- Solid top
- Mahogany neck, back, and sides
- Enclosed chrome tuners
- Lightweight, small size
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Most Liked Positive Review
Realistic expectations help a LOT!
After having read many reviews of this instrument, I decided to take the plunge anyway - at a point in my life where a good many long-distance trips are coming up and my...Read complete review
After having read many reviews of this instrument, I decided to take the plunge anyway - at a point in my life where a good many long-distance trips are coming up and my 40-year old (hard to play and wonderful) Harmony Sovereign full-size Western Flat Top) is just too cumbersome to travel with. Many of the criticisms leveled by other users are certainly valid. It is a very small and oddly shaped small instrument with a proportionately small sound. It would, indeed, be easier to play if the saddle were lowered a bit and if it came out of the box as the manufacturer and designer recommended re strings - it does not. It is awkward to hold. All of that being said, I am able to honestly recommend it - perhaps because my old Harmony is even harder to play! I have never been spoiled by the experience of owning a really well made guitar (like a full size Martin or Gibson)- so, to me, it plays easily and produces a sound much like I feel it is reasonable to expect from such a small body. I have had it for about a week and am enjoying it a lot. Of course, it sounds best in small spaces, wired with thin gauge (bronze 80/20) strings and played with a thin pick.... something that is taking some adjustment on my part - having always used medium gauge picks before. Because the instrument is disproportionately heavy on the tuning-peg end, playing it standing (pretty much a requirement) works a lot better with the strap tied to the tuner - rather than connected with the hardware installed on the neck side of the Backpacker's mini-body. Otherwise, the tuning end is drawn by gravity making it harder to play than is necessary. The prices have come down quite a bit - partly, I expect, due to the poor reviews both here and at other sites.
Most Liked Negative Review
The size and weight and durability are wonderful. But the actual sound is a bit dissapointing. Very shallow, etc.But perhaps this is to be expected from a guitar of this size.The price is...Read complete review
The size and weight and durability are wonderful. But the actual sound is a bit dissapointing. Very shallow, etc.But perhaps this is to be expected from a guitar of this size.The price is right, and it is very durable, but I found that it just isn't the right travelling guitar for myself.I found that it did not hold it's tune very well.And also, for fingerstyle playing, it just doesn't produce enough quality sound, to do justice to what your fingers are doing.So, all in all, if you were in the middle of the wilderness without any guitar at all, but this one, you could certainly fall in love with it, but when you play it, and have some form of comparison in mind, it just doesnt' compare, at all.I've heard great things about the baby taylor, though this is obviously a lot larger...Peace.J
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It is a great little guitar overall. The only problem is that it's hard to get really comfortable with due to its shape and size. Also, the action is a bit high, but it sounds great and it's easy to play.
I purchased this a little over two months ago. The first time I ever played it was about three years ago and was disappointed in the sound. Well, I picked it up again and something changed... I don't know what but I fell in love! Maybe Martin took a different approach with the construction, but everyone I've played it for is AMAZED at the sound!I play this more than any of my other guitars and have started getting into alternate tunings (when Jimmy Page is your guitar hero, you have to). I find the sound phenomenal and playability great, although I had to get used to the body size.Like a reviewer before me, I gave the features a 5 because it's not a features guitar. I would even gig live with this, I love it that much!
When i first set my eyes on this guitar, i was like no way. I need to have this. So i worked frickin hard to earn enough money to get it. Luckily this is not also one of the best sounding guitars i have ever heard, it is also one of the most affordable. Thanks Martin guitars. You rock the house.
First off, it fits into the overhead of an airplane no problem, room to spare. Clearing security was no problem. The action is kind of high, adjustment necessary. It does not sit on your thigh at all, you need to use the strap. Holds tune well. The sound .... well, there is hardly any bass but look at the body! I think it would make a good paddle if you needed one! A dual purpose! Weighs nothing for the serious backpacker! Can't wait to take it on a walk. I like the little rascal. For a travel acoustic - it's okay.
Great quality with great sound at a great price!
If you want to take your guitar everywhere you go, look no further than the Martin Backpacker! This little guitar is a pleasure to hold, has great action, and fits anywhere. I carry it on my back when commuting on the motorcycle and it pretty much lives in my car the rest of the time. Tone is limited by the size of the sound box, however it still sounds very good. You cannot beat the price!
I drive for a living and have found myself with down times waiting for freight or whatever. I've pondered picking this up and ignored the call till just recently. It's a pretty cool, little axe. I was waiting for an hour and a half today and was so glad I purchased it. The time flew by. Sure you need the strap to play it comfortably but thats no big deal since they furnish it with a strap. I can keep it on the passenger side in it's case and it's out of the way till needed. It didnt take long to get comfortable with it, I like it's sound and projection. I'm very pleased with this baby.
It is small and compact and perfect for long biking or backpacking trips.
It's best feature is also it's worst... it's too small to play without the strap!
its cool. SOUNDS GREAT. I got it today. Its really cool and its just amazing. The tone is great. It is built very nicely, its just wonderful. People say it doesn't get very good bass. Dont listen to them. It is great. The projection is great, its even decently loud. The only bad thing is the body shape is funky and hard to play sitting down.