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Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar   (Open Box)
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Built for portable durability ... and great sound!

Don't let the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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 lb.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Solid top
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Enclosed chrome tuners
  • Lightweight, small size
  • Includes gig bag
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MartinNylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Backpacking Guitar Only

Excellent Classical-style for quiet playing for sneaking into the woods and/or hiking. Only 3-lbs!

It sounds more like a thinner classical guitar compared to a ukulele (sound is...Read complete review

Excellent Classical-style for quiet playing for sneaking into the woods and/or hiking. Only 3-lbs!

It sounds more like a thinner classical guitar compared to a ukulele (sound is really good). If you have the fingers then you make it sound good!

Strings are low tension, and Martin does not recommend high-tension strings. It takes about two weeks for the nylon strings to settle!
Just give it time & it will stay in tune as you play a song (needs re-tuned daily).

I wanted the classical model because it has an integrated string saddle & no bridge pins!

No string-buzz!

I ended up shellacking the neck & headstock (over ten-coats) because the wood is very soft.
Mine got nicked when I bumped it against a table. The shellac helped strengthen the surface.

The action was very high so I ground the bridge on a bench grinder.

The guitar would not benefit having a truss-rod because the neck wood is way too soft.
It smells exactly like a wooden cigar box (same material).

Stock tuners are wiggly, thus, I replaced them with my Gotoh 501's. Be careful drilling into headstock as it is soft!

Thanks to Musician's Friend for the great deals & fast, free shipping!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its ok, but...

Alright, my friend owns this guitar, and hes not as good as me. I ONLY reccomend buying this guitar IF you can really play. You cant play thing thing sitting down, nearly...Read complete review

Alright, my friend owns this guitar, and hes not as good as me. I ONLY reccomend buying this guitar IF you can really play. You cant play thing thing sitting down, nearly at all. He got this from our local music store. I played it, and don't get me wrong, it sounds amazing, but its just so hard to play! So do not buy this if you are a beginner because you'll regret it.

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5.0

In Love...

By Beloushi

from Sarasota, FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

    It's a Martin,all Solid wood, and it's sound unique to me, smells like a Martin too :)
    Can't be played without a strap (for me at least) but if you used to it, it's just perfect.
    Spot on intonation! I'm in love.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I like to much this product.

    By Luis

    from Vega baja, PR

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

      I like to much this product. The sound is sweet and is cofortable to travel and playing any where. I love this guitar!!

       
      4.0

      Great everyday practice guitar.

      By Ebazah

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        This guitar is great! Keep in mind it needs some set up, but all instruments need some tweaking. Frankly, I've been considering varnishing it to bulk up the sound.This guitar is not loud but the sound is acceptable. This guitar is minimalist and nearly perfect because of that. In my opinion this is the quintessential practice guitar. What it needs from a luthier is, more frets, a standard set up, and I'd put a nice varnish on it as well as better strings.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar

        By Les

        from Buffalo, NY

        See all my reviews

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Chick magnet
        • Cute
        • Lightweight
        • Small

        Cons

        • Doesn't hold tune
        • Thin Tone

        Best Uses

        • Low-volume practice

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        More of a gadget than a guitar. Low-tension strings + small body = thin sound. Even old strings require constant re-tuning. Headstock is too small, and both E strings would do well to be reverse-strung on the pegs to eliminate a severe angle out of the nut. Requires a strap whether playing up or down. Frets aren't finished well and need some filing to take off the edges. The instrument is unfinished, or only lightly finished, and the fretboard tends to stain from finger oils.

        Some limited use if you're a serious classical player backpacking through the Himalayas and you need to keep your fingers in shape. Otherwise, you could do as well with an old beater from a pawn shop, and not weep bitter tears if you have to use your guitar to start a fire or paddle your canoe out of banjo country.

        That being said, the cute factor is great. It's nice for late-night noodling without waking the rest of the house.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Backpacking Guitar Only

        By armonhammer

        from Cleveland, OH

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to play
        • Excellent String Saddle
        • Low Tension Strings
        • No Bridge Pins
        • No Laminated Woods
        • Stealthy

        Cons

        • Bridge Too High
        • Overwhelming Odor
        • Very Soft Wood On Neck

        Best Uses

        • Hiking
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        Excellent Classical-style for quiet playing for sneaking into the woods and/or hiking. Only 3-lbs!

        It sounds more like a thinner classical guitar compared to a ukulele (sound is really good). If you have the fingers then you make it sound good!

        Strings are low tension, and Martin does not recommend high-tension strings. It takes about two weeks for the nylon strings to settle!
        Just give it time & it will stay in tune as you play a song (needs re-tuned daily).

        I wanted the classical model because it has an integrated string saddle & no bridge pins!

        No string-buzz!

        I ended up shellacking the neck & headstock (over ten-coats) because the wood is very soft.
        Mine got nicked when I bumped it against a table. The shellac helped strengthen the surface.

        The action was very high so I ground the bridge on a bench grinder.

        The guitar would not benefit having a truss-rod because the neck wood is way too soft.
        It smells exactly like a wooden cigar box (same material).

        Stock tuners are wiggly, thus, I replaced them with my Gotoh 501's. Be careful drilling into headstock as it is soft!

        Thanks to Musician's Friend for the great deals & fast, free shipping!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A Martin without a truss rod?

        By JVMusic

        from Houston, Texas

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        Action was very high, (good for slide guitar perhaps). Difficult and painful to play for even uitar rugged hands and (hard to beleive but true)No Truss Rod To Adjust. You'd have to adjust the action the trained Luthier way. Remove nut and bridge and sand down till right, or buy professional nut files and carefully ... You get the point. It's shape is ackward to play, slides around your lap. (Note: I am a normal fit person with a normal fit lap). I love Martin and this is NOT up to par with Martin quality. The good people at Musicians Friend were kind enough to let me return it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin Classical Backpacker

        By GWC

        from El Paso, TX; Grand Junction, CO

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        Great little guitar for its purpose. Action was too high for my taste, so I cut down the bridge saddle 1/16" as suggested in the instructions and it was perfect. Extremely sturdy, even has fret markers on side of the fingerboard (unusual in a classical.) The strap must be used to play it, but that's part of the deal for portability and ease of instant use without assembly. The neck is a perfect width and radius for me. It doesn't sound like my full size Taylor classicals, but its own tone is pleasant. All in all, a great little instrument.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Active Classical guitarist

        By Sparky-Pjkn1

        from Northern California

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        After replacing the strings with some low tension SAVEREZ strings, this guitar stayed in tune and sounded great, not difficult to get use to playing sitting down, all in all, a very good value.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        sweet sound

        By sinunconcierto

        from LA, CA

        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        As a classical guitarist and having probably thousands of guitars, I'd say that this is pretty darn good for the price. Given its size as well, it produces a rediculously pleasant sound. Bright and quick to resonant frequency. The G string has the same issues as most other nylon stringed guitars and the b and D string sound to me to be a little bit "dry;" but again, if you are traveling, I don't know why you would take anything else with you. My interest in this is the fragility of a good classical- this little traveler was def. Built with changing climate cond. In mind.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Review

        By WilPR

        from Caguas, PR

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        Comments about Martin Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        The body size plays a critical role in the tone of the acoustic guitar. This is the main reason why I was so impressed with the sound and the tone delivered by the Nylon String backpacker. It sounds great for practice and/ or traveling. It takes a while to get used to playing it, but it is a well built instrument, and the sound will not dissapoint you. On the downside, the nut is too weak (Mine broke while tuning the included set of "x-light" strings), and I plain end strings sound much better than the included ball-end.

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