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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.

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  • 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 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Stays in tune (13)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Good audio (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (5)

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

Great for what it is

By 

from nashville, tn

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Great For The Price

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

As far as this goes it is great for what it is. If you want a guitar that's portable, inexpensive and performs well, you'll be happy. Couple of points about this instrument is the neck is pretty thick so if you can't live with that you may be disappointed. Second, the overall tone is not as good as a full sized acoustic. As long as you don't expect these guitars to be more than what they are, you'll be happy. It has great value for the money!

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5.0

Excellent travel guitar and beater

By 

from x

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

    The good: Excellent beater guitar for on the go practice that is compact enough to go pretty much anywhere. It's durable... no cheapie 3/4 guitar would endure the beating this thing has had. I'm very protective of my gear and obsess with humidity and temperature control, but wanted something that I wouldn't have to even think about at all. I'm somehow less emotionally connected to this- perhaps since it looks nothing like a guitar. With that emotional distance comes the freedom to take this anywhere and play more. I've let the elements have a go at it. It's stood up under 95 degrees, 85% humidity, and whole workdays in my car. It's (surprisingly) undamaged every time I take it out of the bag and it's actually pretty close to in tune. The log-like neck is impervious and is still absolutely straight.

    The rest: It is hard to hold. The neck is chunky, but I don't mind that. It sounds a bit better than you'd expect a little 2x4 with strings on it to sound. But it sounds enough like a guitar to get good practice in on the fly. An hour of picking at lunch makes an hour in the evening MUCH more productive. Some reviews said it was expressive, et cetera... not so sure about all that. For me it's there to get mechanics down on a new song or just get the hours in getting comfortable with licks I'm working on.

    I pretty much fingerpick exclusively... and strumming or flatpicking this thing seems harder and more awkward than it should be because of the relative weight of the neck and headstock. Without your hand on the body it wants to swandive into the ground neck-first.

    I'd buy this again if it were stolen or if it finally dies in the heat and humidity. But I honestly don't expect that it will.

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    4.0

    would buy again,

    By 

    from near Stevens Pass, Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        I have a Martin Mini and the Backpacker has better tone quality and a good action

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        5.0

        PLEASE...DO NOT EXAGGERATE THIS LITTLE GUITAR...

        By 

        from Gresham, Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

          This little guitar is a wonder... I changed its guitar string #s 3-4-5-6 to extra light gauges(24-32-42-53) for strumming and plucking style and its sound good... The original guitar strings that was on it is ideal for a very mild and controlled strumming only... Using capo while playing will dramatically enhance the tone of this lovely backpacker... The only way to make it sound "big" or like a full size guitar is to play about a foot in front of a wall...(-:

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          3.0

          I would not buy this guitar again!

          By 

          from Grand Junction, Colorado

          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

          The first thing I noticed is that I could not tune the guitar until I changed strings. I expected more from a Martin product. If this indicates the Martin quality, I will probably go to another brand.

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          5.0

          Does the Job

          By 

          from Baytown Texas

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            High quality and great fretboard feel. Must be played with the strap, but very playable. Sound is better than you would expect from such a small body. Absolutely the best answer if you fly a lot and don't want to neglect practice time while away. EZ carry on.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Steel string backpacker

            By 

            from SF Bay Area

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Neck Heavy
            • The Cuita

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar sounds fine for what it is designed for. I saw some guy on youtube rip it to shreds and compare the sound with a full size Martin. Lets compare apples to apples. Its a compact travel guitar and meets its purpose. Its tough to get used to holding because its neck heavy and does not rest on your lap but it is meant to be played with the strap. I had no problems getting it on my United flight and fit in the overhead of a small CRJ plane. i really like the sound, its really different and can be used to create some cool lighter tones.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Under the seat

            By 

            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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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AT, the crossroads?

                By 

                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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  light, compact guitar made to travel

                  By 

                  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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