Martin Backpacker

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Martin

Description Travel guitar with braced, solid tonewood top with a solid mahogany neck, back, and sides. Weighs less than 2 1/2 lbs.
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Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 3.8 (of 5)
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On 4/12/2004, Joe Davis (489) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the price it ain't bad. Just don't expect a great Martin sound quality. It is what it is.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $159.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
This guitar represents the very basics in a travel guitar. The strange body shape is an attention getter and starts lots of conversations with strangers. The neck is vintage Martin with great action and hold it's intonation great. The tuning machines are super for a low end guitar
Playability:
Playing this guitar can be a challenge without the strap. The small, light body is difficult to hold and moves around alot. With the strap you can "weight" the guitar with your arm and stabalize it enough to play without a problem.
Sound Quality:
Let's face it, you're not going to be playing Carnegie Hall with this thing. It sounds super tinny but what do you expect for a small body like this? However, even with the small body the sound is remarkable.
Durability:
This is one tough baby. I'm an outdoor outfitter in Costa Rica and bought it to take on overnight kayak camping trips. We pass it around the campfire and have a few drinks so it's had rum and coke spilled all over it and it has held together. Left it out one night and the dew was pretty heavy but it survived with no problem.
On 4/26/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, this is a great travel axe. I looked at several travel units before I decided on this one and I am very happy with my selection. Rush out and buy one for yourself today!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
Made in the US from mostly Mahagoney. 6 strings, 16 frets, strictly acoustic.
Playability:
Because the neck is solid Mahagoney and the body is so small, it is very "neck heavy". The guitar tends to slink to the left if not properly supported. This is easily fixed with a dual shoulder strap.
Sound Quality:
This has a very rich, full sound for a guitar of it's size.
Durability:
Durable is the key word. Designed for camping, hiking, etc.
On 1/3/2002, Johnny Brooks (30) posted:
Overall Rating:
This not a regular guitar. This a Backpacker --- And I love it !!!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $149.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Hecho en Mexico
Playability:
No flaws-action is fine
Sound Quality:
Lite sound as expected- It's different...
Durability:
Solid little "instrument"
On 5/10/2001, Tim Floto (6151) posted:
Overall Rating:
This could be a preety good guitar if it weren't for the shape. It is okay for some light campfire type strumming. But for serious practicing it's a distraction to deal with the uncomfortable, but aerodynamic, shape of this tomahawk.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $179.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This is a nice looking very portable travel guitar. I have two issues with it. 1. The thing is shaped like a delta wing airplane and is unwieldy to play sitting down. You definitely need a strap - you can not cradle this in you lap. 2. This is a more personal issue the neck is fat like a semicircular and it seems a little wide. So me who likes skinny fast necks stumbles a bit. I think the whole thing is solid woods. It comes in a classical, nylon string model and a steel string model. The sound is faint.
Playability:
This is a bit awkward for me to play. I also have an applause backpacker which has much better action. The toughest thing is holding this so you can play it. I always have to use a strap to keep it in position.
Sound Quality:
The sound is much fainter thant my applause. Not that I expect booming tones from this box, but this is very weak and cigar box sounding.
Durability:
This seems to be very durable. I've lugged it around for two plus years. No problem, no breaks, no warps etc...
On 7/21/2000, Henry Matthes (13) posted:
Overall Rating:
I'll probably keep it forever. It bounces around in the truck of my car and in airplanes. Lot's of fun for little money. Probably a good campfire guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $175.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fred's Music Website
Features:
Lightweight practice guitar for travel. Made in Mexico with good quality. Keeps the calouses in shape while allowing you to keep searching the next great song. Not for stage, not for recording, this is personal music.
Sound Quality:
This sounds way better than you would think, but it has its own funky personality. You may want to record a track into something else that you are recording -- just to add a different sound! Good for finger picking, slide and walking two finger chords. Not for rockabilly.
Durability:
Bullet proof construction and nice gig bag with shoulder strap and outside pocket. Throw it into the airplane overhead compartment and don't worry.