Martin BackPacker Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

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    Product Description

    What the heck is that? We've heard it more than once regarding the Backpacker. But it's a real steel string guitar, complete with quality construction including: High-Quality enclosed chrome tuners, solid woods and special, light top bracing. The top is spruce. The neck, back and sides are all mahogany just like the best made dreadnoughts. As strange as it looks, the Backpacker has a surprisingly loud and rich tone. For long hauls in the car or bus, camping and lots of other times when you don't have room for a full-sized acoustic, the Backpacker is the ideal solution. Comes with strap and High-Quality Gig Bag.

    Backpackers are fully playable compact travel guitars economically designed to meet the needs of musicians on the run! For their size, both this original steel-string style and the nylon-string classical model have a surprisingly rich and loud tone. Ruggedly built to withstand the rigors of outdoor situations like camping, hiking, and summer music festivals.

    Martin BackPacker Features

    • Lightly braced solid tonewood top
    • Solid mahogany neck, back and sides
    • Includes Gig Bag and Strap
    Backpackers carry a one year limited warranty to the original owner.

    Product Specifications

    Martin BackPacker Specifications

    • Instrument Weight: 2 lbs. 2 ozs.
    • Top: Solid Spruce
    • Bracing: Spruce Braces Unique to Backpacker
    • Back: Genuine Mahogany
    • Sides: Genuine Mahogany (Contiguous with Neck)
    • Neck: Genuine Mahogany
    • Neck Shape: Standard
    • Fingerboard: Select Hardwood
    • Bridge: Select Hardwood
    • Finish: Hand Rubbed Urethane
    • Bridge and End Pins: White with Black Dot
    • Number of Frets Clear: 15
    • Number of Frets Total: 15
    • Total Length: 33 inches approx.
    • Body Width: 7 1/4 inch approx.
    • Body Depth: 1 15/16 inch approx.
    • Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16 inch
    • Scale Length: 24 inches
    • Tuning Machines: Chrome Mini
    • Strings: Darco D-1200 Phosphor Wound Extra Light Gauge
    • Case: Carrying Bag (weight 1 lb.)
    • Gig Bag and Strap Included

    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  610-759-2837 Warranty:  Lifetime, original owner (excluding strings)1 year on Backpacker, Little Martins and Ukuleles
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    I simply love it!!
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    I bought this beautiful guitar for my nephew for his HS graduation. He is so happy with it. His graduation was the next week and I ordered on a Thursday and arrived on Saturday! They delivered just in time for that. Monday morning I thought it wasn't going to make it on time but it did! I'm so happy with this product and what it came with. You guys rock!!
    Darren Keller
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    Exactly what I was wanting
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I wanted a highly portable quality instrument that I can practice on everywhere, except pouring rain. I especially wanted to be able to play in bed lying on my back. This one does it all really well. The action is good right from the box. Just tune and you're setup is done. Don't know what all the comments about having to use the strap are about, as I find it pretty easy sitting. I really like this guitar. If I were starting over, I'd buy this first so I could practice anywhere any time, then buy a full size or two. Thank you Martin for making this perfect niche guitar.
    Strapman 5,
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    Fun, fun, fun
    What is your opinion of this product?
    You can't give a backpacker guitar 5 stars. It's great, but it ain't no D-28. As the headline says, fun!
    Doug S
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    I wasn't expecting a top line Martin.
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I purchased this guitar because i travel a great deal and wanted to have something to noodle on, in my hotel rooms. The odd shape makes it almost impossible to play without using the strap, plus it is very head stock heavy. The tone is more ukulele like then acoustic guitar. The guitar seems well put together but sadly the tuning machines are rough and cheap feeling. Once i got used to the awkward shape, the guitar plays very well, the neck is a bit wide relative to all my other guitars, almost like a classical guitar width but still very playable. Over all, considering the price i would recommend the guitar as a travel guitar, i can't imagine it ever get used on stage or in a recording studio..
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    Great Sounding Backpacker!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I love it! The action was great right out if the box. It's the only Martin that I can afford at this time. It's fun to play and sounds great!
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    I love it, have played Freebird on it
    What is your opinion of this product?
    It has an excellent sound, fine action, fine intonation, and is a joy to play. I can pick it up any time and it is always in tune and ready to play. I've used it around the campfire for years, and it always comes through. Freebird takes a little arranging, but I've done it many times. WIth a strap, it plays like any other guitar, or better. I love the action on it.
    Tommy V
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    Cute, but not easy to play
    What is your opinion of this product?
    The Backpacker is cute as all get out, has an "interesting" tone but not easy to play because of it's body shape and heavy neck weight. Body design too small for setting on your leg to play. Neck too heavy to use with a strap. Have to hold on to it to play or it tips down. I will be returning this "cute" guitar.
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    Great travel guitar
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Thin tone due to small body size and difficult to hold comfortably when playing sitting, but overall I am pleased. Very portable. Stays in tune. I recommend it when you need to travel lite.
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    Excellent for What It Is: a Really Portable Guitar, Especially for NY Apartments!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I think this is a fine guitar for my purposes, of course it might not work for everyone. I wanted an acoustic guitar that I could practice without being too loud in my apartment, and to bring to friend's apartments. I wanted it to have acoustic guitar action, that mimics my regular dreadnought, and that still has the sonorous quality of an acoustic. I also wanted an acoustic that was easy to carry in the subway. This guitar meets all of those requirements. Why only four stars? Well Martin can do better and if they can generate a design that will still give the low E resonance and still achieve all the other goals, well that would be a 5-star guitar.
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