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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 sides gives this cool little guitar a surprisingly b... Read More

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Overview

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. A unique bridge on the nylon-string version accepts either plain or ball-end classic strings. Weighs less than 2-1/2 lbs.

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  • Solid top
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Enclosed chrome tuners
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One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinSteel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for its intended use!

Like most things musical, and most things in general, you must buy this guitar with a view to its use. For what it was designed for, it is great. It plays well,...Read complete review

Like most things musical, and most things in general, you must buy this guitar with a view to its use. For what it was designed for, it is great. It plays well, feels well put together, even smells great. No, it doesn't have a big "D" or "000" sound, but that is not the intent. I haven't traveled with it yet, but I frequently have this around my neck while relaxing in the family room with the children, or in front of the computer looking for tabs, or with my music lesson books (I am teaching myself to play again after 30 years of not playing). It's so darn convenient to have around, even if you never travel. But you can bet that this will be with me for the yearly family trip to Vermont. The exterior has your instrument's serial number - a nice touch So is the soft case and the strap. Feels more expensive than it is. I would definitely buy this again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not quite there yet.

This is a guitar whose concept has great potential but is not quite there yet. It does take some getting used to playing and yes you will have to use a strap. It does...Read complete review

This is a guitar whose concept has great potential but is not quite there yet. It does take some getting used to playing and yes you will have to use a strap. It does travel wonderfully and in case you're in a canoe in West Virginia and you hear banjos chasing you it can be an emergency paddle.You might have heard other reviews dissing the barre chord and tinny sound, as well as tuning issues. The first problem is that this guitar is restricted to light guage strings only.The bass strings aren't making hard enough contact with the bridge saddle to be anything but dull and the tiny body doesn't project in the lower registers. The second problem is that the intonation seems to be off. Go anywhere up the neck and forget it. Its so bad that the strings can be perfectly in tune using harmonics or an electronic tuner and it will appear out of tune by using the normal matching method of depressing the strings on the fifth fret. Chords in the first position are barely tolerable but movable forms go out immediatly.Any mild strumming or bending and the light guage strings want to be tuned again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

serves its purpose well

By Jason

from Loveland, OH

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

    Bought this guitar to take with me when I travel so I can continue to practice while on work trips. Never expected it to sound like a full size acoustic guitar, but it does have a decent sound. I don't understand the complaints about the sound or feel of the guitar. The instrument is made to be practical for those that travel, and it is. Well made and sounds great

     
    5.0

    This is a great instrument for what it is

    By Micke S

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • cool to take on a college campus
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

      First and foremost, this guitar is not meant to sound like a top of the line Taylor or Martin, it's a very slim guitar that you can take camping, on trips, or wherever you want. When I was going to USF I brought this guitar with me everyday and I got so much practice out of it, it has already exceeded the value of the instrument, not to mention you get to meet a bunch of other people who love to play guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, and the list goes on and on. If you're looking for an instrument that is portable, and loads of fun, and pretty cheap this is the one for you. If you're looking for a high quality sounding guitar, go and drop some money on a full size Taylor, Martin, or Seagull.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this guitar again

      By J.L.

      from New Boston, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

        my wife had a stroke was taken to Dallas she is in bad shape and cannot talk we always sing together as I play. sitting here at the hospital after the speach therapist told me to sing songs to her that she knows I did so and she watches me so I went on line found this martin backpacker and was I surprised. good tone fun to play and really sounds surprisingly good my wife perked up and started patting her hand. It's to loud to use a pick in a hospital room so I just use my fingers and even then the nurses come in and comment on my playing they could hear it in the hallway so don't think you loose sound with this little guitar it sounds good. I will have this guitar with me at every camp fire. I like everything about this guitar for it's purpose.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I bought this for my grandma

        By Q

        from Chicago

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

          My grandma(80) tried this guitar out at the Lafayette store a year or so ago and loved it. Her sight is starting to go and she accidentally damaged her old guitar as a result... and on get birthday at that. So order the guitar online from Chicago and it was ready pretty much same day. She loves it and the purchase process was so smooth. Felt like magic. Thank you guys again for keeping my grandma rocking

           
          5.0

          love it!!!!!

          By IRON DRAGON

          from MISHICOT, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            i love it sounds great. excellent tone and feel. I baught it to go camping with to play around at the camp fire or on the go instead of bringing my full size acoustics along. I can't wait for this summer.

             
            4.0

            Great little 6 string!

            By Buck

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Lightweight
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use Sitting

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

            Can't wait to take this guitar to the beach. Have been wanting a travel guitar for sometime now, considered building a CBG but realize I'm no Bob Vila. This guitar will serve nicely. Easy to use and store and break out quickly in a pinch. Very affordable as well. If you know how to play you can get some great sounds out of this little monster!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this little guitar

            By J

            from NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

              Comfortable fun easy.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Might make a good canoe paddle, not a guitar!

              By Glenbo

              from Phoenix, AZ

              Pros

              • Easy Return
              • Nice Packaging

              Cons

              • Bad feel
              • Hard To Hold
              • This Is Not A Guitar
              • Tinny Sound

              Best Uses

              • Canoe Paddle

              Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

              This is a terrible travel guitar. There are good ones out there. I now own the Traveler Pro.

              The Martin is out of balance, hard to hold, tinny sounding and serves no musical needs.

              Do not be fooled by the Martin name. Move on.

               
              4.0

              WARNING: EXCEEDS REQUIREMENTS FOR OVERHEAD AIRLINE STORAGE.

              By Peteray

              from Reston, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                WILL NOT FIT IN OVERHEAD AIRPLANE COMPARTMENT.... It's a great guitar but don't believe the salespeople who say it will fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. For example, American Airlines requires carry on baggage be no more than 45" (length + with + height). The guitar in it's case measures: (36" + 10" + 4") and that's a conservative measure (50").

                The other option is check it in (and hope it doesn't get destroyed in it's soft case. Or pay three times what the guitar is worth for it to sit in its own seat.

                Do I like the guitar? YES! It's great to keep in the car to practice scales on but mostly just for that. You could entertain people in a small QUIET room with good acoustics. I do love it. The action is kind of high though but I'm okay with it. I don't think I could play it for hours at a time. I just practice for about 30-45 minutes on it.

                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                not at all what I expected from a Martin

                By JAMES

                from Alexandria, VA

                Site Member

                Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

                I picked up the Backpacker yesterday before work - and returned it today before work! There is NO bass sound to the strings - sounds like a banjo and is more of a toy than a musical instrument. All I can picture is Tiny Tim tip toeing through the tulips with his ukelele. Surprised that Martin would even produce such a poor quality guitar.

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