Martin Backpacker - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Back, Sides, and Neck - 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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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Backpacker, 15-fret
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Matte
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Tonewoods
Body Bracing Backpacker
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Backpacker
Fingerboard Material Select Hardwood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots (5th and 12th fret only)
Number of Frets 15
Scale Length 24"
Tuning Machines Chrome with Small Knobs
Bridge Material Select Hardwood
Nut/Saddle Material Corian/Micarta
Nut Width 1.6875''
Strings Martin M170 Extra-Light 80/20 Bronze
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 11GBPC

Customer Reviews

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Great for it's intended use

You read (and see) a great number of negative reviews for the Martin Backpacker. I guess if you expect a Mercedes and buy a cheap used car, you WILL be disappointed. I was lucky enough to buy one of these from a private party for a very good price. After I tuned it and played it awhile, I really liked it. I plan to do some air travel this summer, and this little guitar is perfect. No, it doesn't sound like my expensive Martin acoustic, but then I didn't expect it to. It works well for it's price and intended purpose. If you are new to playing guitar, this one is probably not right for you.
Music background: Playing in an acoustic duo

Better than advertised

The backpacker is everything I expected a more. The sound, clarity, resonance where better that I would have expected. It's already been on the road with me for a couple of weeks. You must use the strap to keep the instrument in a playable position, but a little adjustment it works well.
Music background: Long time guitar and banjo player; parking lot picker

Best paddle with strings

Many 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 with out your paddle!
Music background: Guitar player

Really Great.

I 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 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. 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.

The little guitar that can

Not fancy, not expensive, but a great tone and harmonics from this little fella. It met a need to be able to play and practice without taking a lot of limited space. I bought it to carry on a trip to the mountains and it travels quite well and frankly, I love it. I have never liked gig bags for any instrument and my mind hasn't changed about this one. I am thinking of building a case for it. Another thing, don't drop a flat pick in it- I did and cannot figure how to get it out. I can hear it when I shake the instrument, but it will not come out. It must like it in there.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars