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Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Don't be fooled by the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Acoustic-Electric Guitar. A braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, ba...Click To Read More About This Product

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An easy traveler with a great sound and feel!

Don't be fooled by the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Acoustic-Electric Guitar. A braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, back, and sides gives this cool little guitar a surprisingly rich and loud tone. Built to withstand the rigors of camping, hiking, and off-road traveling. Built-in electronics let you plug into the strap holder-mounted jack and rock out when you reach the end of the trail.

Solid top
Mahogany neck, back, and sides
Enclosed chrome tuners
Lightweight, small size
24" scale length
15 frets
Martin Thinline 332 pickup

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A great battlefield guitar

By Robert-0R7r5

from Nashville, TN

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Mine was shipped to me while I was stationed in Iraq. It went on several patrols and helicopter and air movements. Compact and light. It also held up in the heat and with all of the bumps. Sounds especially good on finger picking. Plays easy. Not as good as a full size guitar on rhythm playing, but still good. I currrently keep mine at work. Great for traveling. Does well when plugged in. It's more comfortable to play standing up using the strap. If sitting, prop it up like a banjo on it's end.


Great Instrument!!

By Neilfan71

from Malone N.Y.

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The Martin Backpacker is a very well crafted instrument with professional quality appointments and tone. This guitar is designed for TRAVEL, don't expect Dreadnaught boom and punch, but for the size it is more than I expected. Though there is one area of concern(at least in mine). The slots in the nut are too small and the strings pinch, creating tuning problems. This is an easy fix for any professional or Martin warranty center. I love my Backer so much though, that I plan on playing it live on stage in the summer months, and when plugged into the right sound system HANG ON! So, if you need a good travel guitar or beat around don't hesitate to get the Backpacker, and remember it is a Martin America's Guitar!!!


Good for what it's made for

By SharkSandwich

from Manhattan, KS

I bought one a month before I left to go work overseas. Nice guitar, it's built to be a traveler, and is even smaller than I had thought. It doesn't put out too much sound and is pretty quiet with the slim body, (or the body shape in general), so don't expect it to project much (but again it's built well for its purpose, better to play at an airport quietly). The only things I don't like about it and wish I knew before I bought it was that it's unbalanced, (the headstock/neck is alot heavier than the body) If you're use to playing an SG you won't mind, but I've never liked having to hold the neck up while I play. I always forget and let the neck go, luckilly this guitar isn't long enough to hit the ground or it'd be in pretty bad shape by now. The only other thing is just the scale of the neck, I'm a over six feet tall and have large hands and will most likely either not get another traveler or find one with a fullsize neck. Beware to those of similar size, the condensed neck takes getting use to. Again, good quality materials, built well, good for its purpose, very small (so be ready).


So many Smalls


from Salt lake,UT

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I got this guitar today, and I'm already blown away at how well it plays.The sound is amazing.Its fairly awkward to play while sitting down, but overall it plays well.

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Awkward little thing...

By musicmaster-ilc0_

from Virginia

There are Martins I have loved and a few I didn't but when these came out in acoustic-only years ago my heart fluttered for a moment. It could have been just what I was looking for. I am a small person and my D-35 stays in a case because of that. My hands are small. So, I tried the little Backpacker in the store. I sat down to play it but it didn't sit "right" on my leg. I could not find a place to put my hand on the top to strum. Another time, I tried one by asking for a strap first. This helped some but it was still tough to leave my hand floating in space while strumming. It is well made, seemed to stay in tune well and is a Martin. I have not tried the electric version but considering the thin, low-volume sound of the original it can only help. I found a mint 1997 baby Taylor w/ electronics installed. It is the best-playing acoustic I've had the pleasure of owning. So...


Great Guitar.

By ColinMc

from Saint John, NB

It's a great guitar the tone is amazing and it's great for traveling but I found it hard to play somewhat sitting down I had to move a lot to feel comfortable other than that it's cheap and great.

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