Martin Backpacker (Steel String)Item ID: BackPackerS
6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Neck, Back, and Sides - Natural
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The ultimate travel guitar!Just because you're leaving home doesn't mean you need to give up guitar playing - the Backpacker can go anywhere you go. The Backpacker is perfectly shaped and constructed for portability and travel, yet it still provides the best in tone and feel. Features steel strings. Comes with Padded Carrying Bag.
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 9 reviews
Best paddle with strings
by Jgeesy from Juneau, AKMany travel guitars are just a little smaller than a full size guitar, deferi g the purpose. This little ax is light, built well and travels like a champ. And in a pinch can get you down the river w... read more [+]ith out your paddle! close [-]
January 16, 2012
Music Background: Guitar player
by fromI can honestly say that this guitar plays as well or better than any other acoustic guitar I've played. What it lacks in volume (not very much) and fret number (only 4 above an octave...) it makes up... read more [+] for with a great, clear tone. It works great for fingerstyle playing, and it's got very nice sustain. It's not hard to play at all, and it's great for playing at high speed.
October 24, 2010
I also love the shape and lightness of the guitar. It's incredibly portable (as one would expect); it's great for long drives and hiking trips. It's also great for simply playing at home, you can pick it up and multitask playing guitar with something else (like writing reviews). It looks great, too, I really like the color and texture of the wood used.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a travel guitar, or
even anyone looking for a guitar in general. close [-]
Excellent for What It Is
by Ralph Beam from Fort Wayne, IndianaI love to take a guitar with me when I travel, but it's becoming more and more difficult to get a full-sized accoustic guitar onto an airplane. I don't like to check, or gate check, a fragile instrum... read more [+]ent (even a less-expensive one), and flight attendants cringe when I ask for a place to store a guitar in the cabin. Smaller aircraft frequently do not have the overhead storage bins, or the crew coat closet space, to store a full-sized guitar.
February 26, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
My wife bought this for me as a gift and, although I was initially skeptical, I have learned to love this guitar. It slips easily into aircraft overhead bins and is sturdy enough that I don't worry about it being jostled with other luggage.
It definitely does not play like a full-sized accoustic, but it's great for private practice sessions in my hotel room. It stays in tune and takes a capo just fine. It fingerpicks and flatpicks as well as a mid-range Martin so long as you don't expect the same sound quality.
Because of its shape, I found that playing with a strap is very helpful (I don't generally use a strap with my dreadnaughts).
So long as you understand that this is not a D28, I think you'll be pleased with playability, durability, and (most importantly) transportability. close [-]
MArtin Backpacker ( steel string)
by Chad Perrin from Marrero, LAGreat for what it's designed for. Went on a twelve day cruise to Europe and couldn't bear to be without a guitar for that long. Traveled pretty easily and sounds surprisingly good for it's size.
June 18, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Great vibe, great weight, great treat
by Crossing Go from Vermont, USARight out of the box, the Backpacker was not only fun to play but a unique experience as well. It sounds very good, has interesting sustain, and its quirky appearance and balance kind of begs you to m... read more [+]ake it your own and feel out what it can do. The sound is definitely not a full-size acoustic, but in this instance different = wonderful. Not only great for travel and home application, but if you suffer from any kind of back or shoulder pain, it is a tremendous relief to play a guitar that almost isn't there. close [-]
June 2, 2010
Music Background: Singer/Songwriter
Martin Backpacker (Steel String)
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