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Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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MartinBackpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

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

 

A Martin without a truss rod?

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...Read complete review

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.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Backpacking Guitar Only

By Armon Hammer

from Cleveland, OH

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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 Backpacker Nylon String 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

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet sound

By sinunconcierto

from LA, CA

Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A Martin without a truss rod?

By JosephVFitness

from Houston

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Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin Classical Backpacker

By GWC

from El Paso, TX; Grand Junction, CO

Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By WilPR

from Caguas, PR

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Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Active Classical guitarist

By Sparky-Pjkn1

from Northern California

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Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Its ok, but...

By GuitaristMan986

from MA

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Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Martin Backpacker

By drhylton2112

from pikeville, ky

Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

the martin backpacker offers most of what i need for my small, 2 piece folk music cover band--it's small size is nice, but it is very awkward to play standing or sitting, and the unmarked frets can be confusing at times, but, all in all, this is a decent guitar for it's price

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin Nylon String Backpacker

By Judie

from Huntington, MA

Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

Excellent tonal quality and beautifully constructed! Love the easy portability for a plane or camper! Not too easy to play sitting down - the strap is a necessity to hold it in place! The quality of the instrument is A-1 - a "must have" for anyone who has to have their guitar "fix" while traveling!

(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

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nylon String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar

    By Les

    from Buffalo, NY

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Chick magnet
    • Cute
    • Lightweight
    • Small

    Cons

    • Doesn't hold tune
    • Thin Tone

    Best Uses

    • Low-volume practice

    Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String 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.

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    • Yes
     
    5.0

    A Pleasant Surprise With Strings Attached!

    By Still Learning

    from Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hang on the wall, take camping, travel, etc.
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Backpacker Nylon String Acoustic Guitar:

      When I first saw these in the CF Martin catalog, I thought how weird looking they were. When I asked at a local shop about them, I was told they would order one for me, but I would not like it! But I liked classical, nylon string guitars and I wanted to own something from CF Martin. Other than this, Martin GTR does not make anything else like that, unless they invented something since I quit looking. I was very fortunate to discover Musicians Friend, and they at one time had these with a passive pickup. These were on sale at a very good price! I ordered one, it arrived in very good shape, in very good time. I fell absolutely totally in love with it, weird shape and all. You could tell it was a Martin, it reeked quality. It's small, the tone is great, but the volume is not huge. Use it for travel, camping, hanging on the wall for odd moments of practice. It's not a case queen, fussy little guitar, but protect it from too much heat and moisture, it is made with wood and glue. With a pickup you could probably blow away a concert hall with it. Look in the sound hole, it will say where it was made there, and tell you to always use extra-lite nylon strings. No truss rod was standard for ages with nylon string guitars, the Backpacker does not have one. Most guitars eventually need the action adjusted to suit the player, including ones costing 10 to 20 times as much as this one. Mine came with a very nice strap and a special gig bag, both very useful. If this appeals to you, don't hesitate to give it a try. I've had mine for years and still love it. Check on you-tube.

       
      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 Backpacker Nylon String 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.

         
        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 Backpacker Nylon String 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.

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