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Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar  

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Overview
  • Solid top
  • Mahogany neck, back and sides
  • Enclosed chrome tuners
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $359.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $159.01
  • Your Price:
    $19999

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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. Weighs less than 2-1/2lb. Includes padded gig bag.

Features
  • Solid top
  • Mahogany neck, back and sides
  • Enclosed chrome tuners
  • Lightweight, small size
  • Includes padded gig bag

Who says you can't take it with you? Put it in the cart.

 
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MartinSteel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Good audio (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Jamming (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Gypsies Must

    Buy a bone nut, and use your head. This little guy is a talk box. It can and will teach you more comfortable ways to play and find your voice in guitar. The...Read complete review

    Buy a bone nut, and use your head. This little guy is a talk box. It can and will teach you more comfortable ways to play and find your voice in guitar. The stock specs are a quirky at best but this is an impressively durable and affordable 6 string. The gig bag is a joke but it's rarely necessary. I play with a 3 peice in the the rockies and with a golden gate thumbpick there's not stopping the cigar box sound. Not only has it lasted the odd weather changes out here, but with thick bronze strings it sounds great. It's stayed true to intonation, even after 2 years now of Django thumping and Grisman grinding. I love it. Best guitar that ever happened to me..

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    ...give it a chance...

    I like the full fat neck and I think it sounds interesting. It's different. I dont care for the high action and it is a little too top heavy, but that's what the...Read complete review

    I like the full fat neck and I think it sounds interesting. It's different. I dont care for the high action and it is a little too top heavy, but that's what the strap is for I guess.
    This thing is funny," I read the 50/50 reviews and decided to give it a try. Took it out of the box and I was like ""What?!?"" But I decided to give it a chance. Grab a cold beer from the fridge", take your backpacker and go outside on the back porch. Yeah, it's top heavy. Yeah, you've got to use the strap. Yeah, the action is a little high. No, it doesn't sound like a full sized guitar, but for some reason I love it. It was easy to get used to. You rest your arm on the back to balance it out. It's actually quite comfortable to play once you get used to it. I've got to say, it's been a blast so far. I find myself plucking on it all day. Took it work for lunch time shows.

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    5.0

    amazing on a trip great for practice

    By djschec

    from nyc

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

      amazing product representative of martins commitment to quality and tone
      tends to roll flat but you can adapt think Django

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      nice looking

      By jun

      from daly city, ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • School Bands

        Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        this guitar is good for the price.

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Martin Backpacker

        By Frank

        from Punta Gorda FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great For Traveling
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

          You need the strap to play it comfortably.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          He just loved it!

          By sandipanda59

          from Willcox, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            Bought this for my husband and he just loved it.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT LITTLE GUITAR

            By HONDO

            from CHARLOTTE NC 28227

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune
            • Very Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                I AM USING THE GUITAR TO TEACH MY SMALL GRANDSON
                THE BASICS. EASY FOR HIM TO HANDLE AND KEEP HIM INTERESTED. THANKS PAUL M. CLARK

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                a fine little guitar

                By Fiddlehorse

                from Waterville, Maine

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun In The Car
                • Great For Playing In The

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Playing In The Car
                  • Practicing
                  • Travelling

                  Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                  we already used it in a skit about backpacking and it sounded great!

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  very good

                  By Frankson Autry

                  from new mexico

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                    very good for practice and travel, portable and very good quality construction. the sound is better than I think most musicians would expect. I'm very satisfied with this, all things considered.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Battle-worthy

                    By Swellbone

                    from texas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                          I brought my Backpacker with me to Iraq. I entered country 20 March 2003 with this guitar. I played it, abused it, and wrote songs with it the entire deployment. I do not record with this thing, and rarely use it to jam. However, every camping trip I take, my Backpacker takes with me.

                          Comment on this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          improvement over older model

                          By LompicoGuy

                          from Felton, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Play In The Car

                            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                            I borrowed an older 1990s model and kind of liked it, but it had a very thick neck right where it transitioned to the headstock. It made it difficult to play chords near the nut. Anyway, I bought one because I liked the size. I was happily surprised that the new one has a completely different headstock transition and it plays much better down there. This is a fun guitar you can play in a car with a center console. It is what it is.

                            Comment on this review

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great form and function

                            By Stardog

                            from The Great Beyond

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Great For Camping
                            • Stays In Tune

                            Cons

                            • NONE

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                              I did a lot of research before buying this little guitar, and Martin really delivers in terms of form and function. It stays in tune, sounds decent for the size, and is portable enough to take anywhere. Well worth the money. Wish I'd bought one long before now.

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