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Martin Steel-String 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...Read More

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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

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MartinSteel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Good audio (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (12)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Professional musician (3)

    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..

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    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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    4.0

    Under the seat

    By Keen

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        Not yet mentioned; Backpacker also fits UNDER your airline seat, even in Coach. (I have the original version) It takes some twisting and turning, but I've managed to get it under the seat EVERY flight I've taken, (probably 20) Maine-California-Canada- Mexico. (Uh, often w/socks and underwear in there too) This means you can still have another carry-on, & no damage from people slamming their suitcases against it up top.

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        5.0

        AT, the crossroads?

        By athroughme

        from Yakima,WA.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar is my go to travel guitar. It's light, compact and has big sound in a small package.For me it works perfect for blues, or blue grass style picking. Also, because of the small structure the tone matches perfect for these genres. However, it's really up to the player of what they can do with it.

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          4.0

          light, compact guitar made to travel

          By bob6string

          from pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Fits Easily Into Overhead
          • Good Feel
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Airport Travel
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            I purchased this specifically for traveling. It fits easily into even small overhead compartments and I've never had any trouble getting it through airport secuity. The fretboard plays well but be aware there is no truss rod. Although it lacks some volume and bottom end, overall I am very happy with the purchase.

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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

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              (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.

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                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.

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                  (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.

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                    (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

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                        (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!

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                          (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.

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