Martin BackPacker Nylon String Travel Acoustic Guitar

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Product Description

Martin's Backpacker can accompany you anywhere in the world or beyond.
One neat little package gives the guitarist portability, playability, intonation, and durability. It’s all solid wood, but light. You can stow the Backpacker, in the special gig bag that comes with it, in aircraft overhead bins, and play it in armchairs, cars, parachuting, on mountaintops, in canoes or anywhere your adventures take you. Choose your Backpacker from a steel 6 string guitar, or this classical nylon version. Standard features for the Backpacker Instruments include solid wood back, sides and neck, a one year limited warranty, and padded carrying bag.

Backpackers are fully playable compact travel guitars economically designed to meet the needs of musicians on the run! For their size, both the original steel string style and this 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 Classical Guitar 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.
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  610-759-2837 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime on new and Minor Blemished Products to the original owner (excluding strings). 1 year on Backpacker, Little Martins and Ukuleles. No warranty on Dent and Scratch items.

Product Specifications

Martin BackPacker Travel Classical Acoustic Guitar Package Specifications
  • Construction: Unique to Backpacker
  • Body Size: Unique to Backpacker
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Unique to Backpacker
  • Top Braces: Solid Spruce
  • Back, Sides and Neck Material: Solid Tonewoods
  • Neck Shape: Unique Contour
  • Nut Material: Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Tapered
  • Fingerboard Material: Select Hardwood
  • Scale Length: 24 inches
  • Total Number of Frets: 15
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 15/16 inches
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 3/8 inches
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: None, Double Side Dots (At 3,5,7 and 9 frets)
  • Finish Back and Sides: Hand Rubbed Urethane
  • Finish Top and Neck: Hand Rubbed Finish
  • Bridge Material: Select Hardwood
  • Bridge Style: Unique To Classic Backpacker
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2 7/16 inches
  • Saddle: Micarta
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome with Small Knobs
  • Recommened Strings: Darco D 30 HB Ballend Classical
  • Case: Padded Gig Bag
  • Strap: Included
  • Interior Label: Small Foil Logo Located Above Soundhole

Customer Reviews

Review: Dennis C. Submitted: 8/31/2017

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.



Great Travel Classic Guitar
Product Rating

Product Review

This is a great travel guitar. It fits even on regional jets. It's light and fits in the top of luggage compartment on top of a backpack or small piece of luggage. Worst case it can be given to the airline attendant and placed in first class. The guitar has a full length neck which allows you to practice fretting. The sound is soft but that's expected with the limited size body.
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Review: MJS from Redwood City, CA, USA Submitted: 6/14/2012

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


perfect portability, reasonable trade-offs

this guitar is really well-constructed. No roughness along the fret edges, everything is well sanded and smooth, without any visible gaps or blemishes.

don't know, just received it

Your general opinion of this product.

*** The guitar I received is not the one pictured*** the AMS catalog photo is the old version of the Martin Backpacker, with the small headstock and small soundhole. I received the new version, with the larger soundhole and the more normal looking, larger headstock. This is not a problem, in fact I've heard that the new design is louder with more projection. I just wish the photo showed the actual product.

the guitar is awkward to hold. However, I think that's a reasonable tradeoff for something to take backpacking and on airplanes.

sounds a little plasticky, without much sparkle at the high end. Bass is not punchy or deep, but full and round. I was worried about it lacking low-end, but the high end turns out to the problem. I think I'll get some black and silver or composite nylon strings for it to brighten up the sound.

looks basically unfinished. Martin says they put a thin finish on it, but I can't really tell. I assume it's to save cost, not for portability or durability or lightness. Looks nice enough, but will soon visibly show dirt and nicks from every happy trip. Oh well.

comfortable. Not too high, though with such light nylon strings, there is no difficulty making barre chords

Review: Cheryl from Greensboro, NC, USA Submitted: 12/20/2011

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Love it!

Of course- It's a Martin

Haven't had very long

Your general opinion of this product.

We love it! It feels different than a traditional guitar but sounds great! We travel often so it is a perfect size.

A little awkward but ok once I got used to it

Every thing good

Liked the look


Review: Walter from Colorado Submitted: 9/20/2011

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Backpacker's Delight

Product is solid; You could bludgeon someone with the neck of the guitar.

Had it for a few months and it is better than it was .

Your general opinion of this product.

Nice guitar. Decent sound , great tone and nice action. Funky shape is cool and gets lots of comments.

Love the neck, full size , unusual for a travel guitar.

I love the look of this guitar. I think either you do or don't.

Review: Bill Sparrowhawk from Jacksonville, Alabama, USA, anonmyous24022 Submitted: 3/19/2011

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


great fun guitar

it's a Martin

had it a couple of months; took on a cruise, played in performance (St Patrick's Day - Irish songs - went over very well!)

Your general opinion of this product.

well-made; surprisingly good sound for such a small instrument

feels good; a little neck heavy

purely acoustic - mellow

looks so good you wonder if it is real wood until you smell it


Review: AMS Customer from USA Submitted: 2/5/2008

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


A must have guitar for the frequent traveler.

Your general opinion of this product.

I have owned my BackPacker for three years. The guitar is solid and well made. It has held up to the rigors of travel both in the car and on the plane. It also holds its tuning and only needs minor adjustments between play times. The paded case was a very nice supprise and does a nice job protecting the guitar. The only problem after three years is that the Martin logo on the headstock began to peel.

My BackPacker came equipped with an AMP plug. I have only used it once. But it worked great and sounded good. The most impressive feature of course is its size. The guitar has a nice sound. However, because of its size, the sound doesn't not have the depth of a full size guitar such as my D-35 or my Spanish guitar. The paded case serves it's purpose very well.

The guitar is very easy to use. It was delivered to my office. I opened the box, tuned the guitar, and I was off.



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