Martin Backpacker Acoustic Guitar Review :: Martin Guitar Reviews

recommended for those who travel a lot.

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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. A unique bridge on the nylon-string version accepts either plain or ball-end classic strings. Weighs less than 2-1/2 lbs. This is a travel guitar so you can leave your big and expensive ones at home.

Sound of Martin Backpacker Guitar

  • the sound is a bit dissapointing, shallow but you can’t expect too much from a travel guitar;
  • doesn’t produce enough quality sound for fingerstyle playing;
  • the sound is mid range and high with little bass;
  • tone is limited by the size of the sound box, however it still sounds good;
  • sounds a bit like a banjo with some tone;
  • sounds pleasant for what it is.

Pros of Martin Backpacker Acoustic Electric Guitar

  • its size and weight and durability are wonderful;
  • the price is right;
  • it fits easily in all airplane overhead compartiments;
  • for what it is, a sturdy travel guitar, its quality, value and overall are good enough;
  • the neck is thick but playable;
  • a good and economical choice;
  • if you want to take your guitar everywhere you go, this is risk-free;
  • good durability;

Cons of Martin Backpacker Guitar

  • the sound is a bit dissapointing;
  • doesn’t hold tune very well.

Suggestions for this Martin Guitar

  • by tying the strap above the nut instead of using the upper strap button, you can play easily and comfortably sitting or standing;
  • with steel strings it does sound a little thin but with the folk strings it truly does sound much better;
  • the bronze strings make up for the lacking bass;
  • Check out the MARTIN LX… (little martins) as well, you won’t get disappointed in those.
Features + Technical Specs
MODELSteel String Backpacker Guitar
CONSTRUCTION:Unique To Backpacker
BODY SIZE:Unique To Backpacker
TOP:Solid Spruce
ROSETTE:none
TOP BRACING PATTERN:Unique To Backpacker
TOP BRACES:Solid Spruce
BACK MATERIAL:Solid Tonewoods
BACK PURFLING:none
SIDE MATERIAL:Solid Tonewood
ENDPIECE:none
ENDPIECE INLAY:none
BINDING:none
TOP INLAY STYLE:none
SIDE INLAY:none
BACK INLAY:none
NECK MATERIAL:Solid Hardwood
NECK SHAPE:Unique Contour
NUT MATERIAL:Corian
HEADSTOCK:Solid/Tapered
HEADPLATE:none /Small Gold Foil Logo
HEELCAP:none
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL:Select Hardwood
SCALE LENGTH:24”
# OF FRETS CLEAR:15
# OF FRETS TOTAL:15
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT:1 11/16”
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS:none
FINGERBOARD BINDING:none
FINISH BACK & SIDES:Hand Rubbed Urethane
FINISH TOP:Hand Rubbed Finish
FINISH NECK:Hand Rubbed Finish
BRIDGE MATERIAL:Select Hardwood
BRIDGE STYLE:Unique To Backpacker Steel String
BRIDGE STRING SPACING:1 11/16”
SADDLE:Micarta
TUNING MACHINES:Chrome w/ Small Knobs
RECOMMENDED STRINGS:Martin M170 Extra-Light 80/20 Bronze
BRIDGE & END PINS:White w/ Black Dots
PICKGUARD:none
CASE:Padded Gig Bag
INTERIOR LABEL:Paper Label
ELECTRONICS:Optional Martin Backpacker with Thinline 332

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