Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar

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Built for portable durability . . . and great sound.

Don't let the diminutive size of the Martin Backpacker Acoustic Guitar fool you. A braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, back, and sides gives this cool little guitar a surprisingly big projection. Built to withstand the rigors of camping, hiking, and off-road traveling. Includes high-quality chrome-enclosed tuners. Weighs less than 2-1/2lb. Includes padded gig bag.

  • Solid top
  • Mahogany neck, back and sides
  • Enclosed chrome tuners
  • Lightweight, small size
  • Includes padded gig bag

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Poor Tone, Poor Balance, Nice Size, Nice Neck

By pgcorky

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Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

I've had the Martin Steel String Backpacker for about 3 years, and I'll admit that the small size makes it very portable. The neck is nice - well shaped and with an excellent fret board. I'm done with the good.

Ultimately, you want a guitar that you like the sound of, right? I just can't get over the sort of vague 'banjo' sound. Nothing against a banjo, but I bought a guitar. So that's a big ratings dropper for me. Next is the 'balance' - the neck is quite heavy relative to the body, so the guitar's neck wants to dive for the floor at all times. It's a bit more manageable with the strap, but awkward.

I suppose I'd suggest trying one out before buying to see what you think, but if I had to do over - I'd probably opt for something a wee bit bigger that sounds a ton better.

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I love it!

By mikeroos

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Comments about Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar:

I've had my backpacker for a couple weeks now and I'm really enjoying it. It's a fine practice guitar and I'll be traveling with it over the next few months and look forward to having it for companionship. It's a quality instrument, not a toy. Everything nicely put together. The fretwork is excellent and the tone is considerably better than what you would expect. It's really a fine sounding blues guitar and the volume level is perfect for solo practicing. I've been watching March Madness with my backpacker. It's really a perfect tv watching guitar, which is truly great practice time. This is a keeper, very worthy of the Martin name (I also own a Martin 000-16S and 1968 D12-20 12-string along with a 1968 Gibson Dove and other acoustic and electrics too numerous to list). I couldn't be happier with my Backpacker.

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