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Martin Nylon String Backpacker Left
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      Martin Nylon String Backpacker Left (512397)
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Built for portable durability . . . and great sound!

Don't let its diminutive size fool you. 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. Includes high-quality chrome-enclosed tuners and a unique bridge that accepts either plain or ball-end classic strings. Weighs less than 2-1/2lb. Includes a Martin woven strap and gig bag ($29 value), and carries a 1-year limited warranty.

Martin Nylon String Backpacker Left Features:

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




Martin Nylon String Backpacker Left

One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.

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  • Martin Backpacker Nylon

    As reviewed by David on 5/10/2010

    The Martin Backpacker Classical is an excellent value for the money, how else can one got a decent Martin (even made in Mexico) for less than a grand? Kudos to Martin for not slapping on the ridiculous left handed premium. The compact Backpacker has an excellent sound for such a small instrument, others have mentioned it sounds a bit like a lute which is not a bad thing at all. The 15 fret scale is a bit limited, but for its intended purpose (a travel guitar), quite serviceable. The unique shape does make it difficult to play without a strap and the action out of the box is a bit high for my tastes, but that can be easily remedied. Martin doesn't allow you to register it online, which is an inconvenice, it also has only a 1 yr instead of a lifetime warranty. If Martin had extended the fret board to 20 (there appears to be room)and added a little something to balance it better (there are forums which give work-arounds), I'd have rated it a full five stars. However, for the money and its intended purpose it is an excellent value. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a compact travel guitar.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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  • Martin left-handed Backpacker

    As reviewed by JDS on 2/27/2007

    I love this little guitar! I have a busy schedule and don't have much time to practice. When I saw this little guitar, I had to have it. I have taken it to work and on the plane several times. It fits perfectly in the overhead cabins on planes and has a great sound. I hightly recommend it.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful.
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