Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
  • Unique Contour Neck Shape
  • Features 24-Inch Scale Length
  • Features 15 Frets

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag


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Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

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  1. 63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The one I keep going back to…, July 4, 2011
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    This review is from: Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag (Electronics)
    I’ve had this guitar for about 4 years so I think I can offer some insight into it’s pros/cons.

    I bought this guitar as my first acoustic, primarily playing bass/electric guitar up until then. I was initially disappointed with the action and effort it took to play on my particular model but soon became inured to it. The sound is far more sonorous than it may initially seem. The body gives off a really strong resonance for some reason that creates an almost mystical sonic quality. That being said, it’s a quiet guitar but perfect if you’re just playing for yourself or with someone else.

    Quality wise: my specific model came with somewhat unpolished fret edges that slightly hung off the edge of the fingerboard though they weren’t much of a problem. The action was a bit high though one can get used to it pretty easily – the shop said it couldn’t be lowered without creating buzzing. The neck has staid level all these years – no truss rod, no warping – pleasant surprise. So if nothing else the necks do stay in place if mine is any example of the average. It also stays in tune very well. (I use bronze extra lights)

    The ONLY problem I have had with it was really my fault and is an obvious mistake: I had it inside on a very cold winter day and opened the doors and windows. Needless to say it did not like the temperature and humidity plummeting in the span of 2 minutes and a big pop and crack happened which made a noticeable tear in the body below the bridge. This surprisingly didn’t affect the sound or playability at all though I eventually did get it fixed. In conclusion; yes, it’s made of wood and this was expected. Pointless anecdote complete.

    Throughout the years I’ve owned much better quality guitars yet for some reason I kept playing this one the most and ended up composing the majority of my songs using it. Eventually, I sold all my guitars except this one. I love fingerstyle picking and it works great on this guitar. It’s been dropped, beaten on, and for the most part just treated poorly but still plays fine and sounds great. It’s just so convenient to have a small guitar lying around that you don’t need to plug in to an amp, I’m guessing this is why it spurs so much creativity. A good buy if you want a guitar that can travel and be around all the time just about anywhere.

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  2. 44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    If you REALLY need a small guitar…, October 22, 2011
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    This review is from: Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag (Electronics)
    The Backpacker is a fun instrument that really maximizes the sound and playability of something this size.

    It is certainly well built. The clean lines and sturdy construction of a Martin acoustic is there. I’ve knocked mine around quite a bit camping and travelling, including a 23-day tour through Africa. Its holding up fine and still plays like new.

    The tone is banjo-esque and sounds especially nice when finger-picked. You do get more volume than you might expect out of this small of a body but it is mostly on the higher end, don’t expect much bass response.

    Playability takes a bit of getting used to. First off, you really have to wear the strap and stand up as there is not enough body to support it on your leg or lap. Personally, I rest my elbow along the top and let my picking hand drop down. It’s kind of a strange angle and not the most comfortable. Someone with shorter arms (I’m a tall guy) might be able to play it more traditionally. Also, the action sits just a tad high as a result of the short neck. Make sure to keep extra light guage strings on it to compensate. Overall its kind of awkward but if you play frequently you will adjust and find the good tones.

    Mostly, I would just recommend asking yourself how much you really need a tiny guitar. If you are literally backpacking and carrying all of your stuff for a significant amount of time, I totally get it. However if you’re just looking for something for basic travel and you don’t want to take your nice guitar, why not consider getting a cheap, full-size and a gig bag? The portability is not that big of a deal unless you’re hauling your stuff for miles. You also won’t be devastated if it gets beat up or stolen. These days, you can get a very playable and decent sounding acoustic for $100 (thanks Asia!). The Backpacker costs twice that and is far less enjoyable as an instrument. I will most likely sell mine eventually and do exactly that.

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  3. 25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s a Martin, September 11, 2010
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    This review is from: Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag (Electronics)
    Got one of these little beauties about 10 years ago. It’s a Martin, not much more needs to be said. It’s a great little guitar; sounds great, though it’s a little quiet due to the small body. The only drawback is the lack of a good leg rest position. It needs to be played standing or with the body up against the arm of the chair. Light, easy to carry, good feel. Good second guitar or if you have money for only one and need to move around a lot, this will not disappoint.

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