Martin Backpacker - Steel String

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Back, Sides, and Neck - Natural
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Martin Backpacker - Steel String
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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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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.

Excellent for What It Is

I 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 instrument (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.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.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars