Martin Guitars Steel String Backpacker Guitar w/ Gig Bag

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The sky's the limit for portability! The steel-string Backpacker travel guitar is lightweight, durable, easy to play (and tune) and is shaped to fit into the smallest places. Constructed of solid tonewoods.

Specifications:
• Top Material: Sitka Spruce
• Bracing Pattern: Backpacker
• Brace Shape: Non-Scalloped
• Brace Material: Sitka Spruce
• Brace Size: 5/16"
• Back Material: Tonewoods
• Side Material: Tonewoods
• Neck Material: Select Hardwood
• Neck Shape: Backpacker
• Neck Taper: Backpacker Taper
• Plek: No
• Nut Material: White Corian
• Headstock Shape: Solid
• Headplate Logo Style: Script Overlay
• Fingerboard Material: FSC Certified Richlite
• Scale Length: 24"
• Neck Joins Body At: 15th Fret
• Number of Frets Total: 15
• Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16''
• Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8''
• Fingerboard Inlay Material: White Plastic
• Fingerboard Inlay Style: 1 at 5th & 2 at 12th
• Side Dots: White
• Back and Side Finish: Hand Rubbed
• Finish Top: Hand Rubbed
• Top Colour: Clear
• Finish Neck: Hand Rubbed
• Bridge Material: FSC Certified Richlite
• Bridge Style: Backpacker Steel String
• Bridge String Spacing: 2.187''
• Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
• Saddle Radius: 16"
• Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
• Recommended Strings: Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Extra Light (M170)
• Knob: Small
• Bridge Pin Material: White Plastic
• Bridge Pin Dots: Black Plastic
• Case: Soft Gig Bag
• Label: Paper Label

Fun unique portable11 of 11 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePickering, Ontario
Worth it at Store Special price.no truss rod.filed saddle down.final set up is as good as my best Dreadnought .
With optimal setup the true sound of instrument is better realized .
That being said it is not a full size guitar so don't review as such.
plays well open or capo  up to 7th Fret. Wt of neck and lack of traditional body means a strap is a must.
I put a piezo pick up in it with end pin jack strap.sounds good.it stays in tune.bag is padded and adequate. Easy to curl up in  a chair to play over larger guitars.
Posted by Jay on May 15, 2019
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I returned mine after a week3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
I bought this with every intent to play on road trips but it just had a dead sound. I can see how some might like it...it just wasn't for me.
Posted by Adam on Feb 8, 2019
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Cute and well made but unergonomic22 of 22 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
I bought my backpacker a few months ago for taking with me on air travel. Its small dimensions make it very portable, and it sounds fully decent for what it is (don't expect boomy bass but that's not what it's meant for). It's well finished, and generally of good quality. The action on upper frets is rather high, and the neck is non-adjustable, but that's just how these are made.
However, after having used it for a few months, I've found it rather awkward to play. The sense of awkwardness only increased after using it at home for a while compared to when I first tried it in store. The strap is essentially mandatory, and it's not really playable without the strap, even when sitting down, but that's alright because it comes with a strap. However, there are two bigger ergonomic issues beside the need for a strap. The first issue is that the very neck heavy design means you have to hold the guitar in a rather contorted manner when playing the upper frets to prevent the neck from diving down. The high action on upper frets doesn't help either. The second bigger issue is that the natural resting position for your strumming arm causes the guitar to rotate and have the fretboard face up, which becomes very awkward for your fretting hand unless you apply a reverse torque on the guitar by the neck, or make sure you don't rest your strumming on the guitar body.
Altogether, even through I like the compact dimensions, build quality, and sound, the terrible ergonomics of this guitar make me avoid playing it and I'm contemplating selling it.
Posted by Sultan Khan on May 11, 2018
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