Reviews and Problems with Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
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Martin Backpacker Guitar
14 January 2012
Summary: This is a very nicely made guitar with good attention to detail in both construction and finish. Very light weight and compact but the tradeoff is the lack of a full rich tone especially in lower registers. The strap seems to be essential for support since the narrow design limits use of your thigh as support (unless you hunch over). Comes with a soft case that is also good quality.
Summary: 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.
Summary: The title pretty much says it all. It might as well be a ukulele. It's well made, and tough, but sounds like a toy, NOT a Martin. I sold mine after a week, and that's something I usually don't do.
Summary: 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.
Summary: I've only had this a few days but I am enjoying the process of getting used to it. It sounds surprisingly good to me, maybe not as full as a standard size acoustic guitar, but certainly not the tinny sound described in some of the comments. Its small size and weight make it very easy to pick up and play at any time. Only problems I have is that the balance is a bit off since there is more weight in the neck than in the body.
Summary: I hate to be without a guitar. The Backpacker is fun to play, easy to carry, fits for playing in the car, camper, small tent If you are walking up to the top of mountain trail to sit and look around, you won't mind carrying it with you. This is a guitar to buy if you always want to have one you can take, and that you enjoy. It sounds o.k. Don't buy this as your only guitar. The sound isn't good enough for that.
Summary: 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.
Small, tinny sound?? SO WHAT! Does what it needs to do!
B. Singer "S&W Winger", amazon.com
25 February 2010
Summary: I have a beautiful Martin D-41, a couple of Fender electrics, and a Guild 12-string...why this guitar? Therapeutic...I recently became paralysed and need help with A LOT...why do I Love the Martin backpacker?? Because I can retrieve it all by myself; play it anytime, anywhere; and, it gets my fingers (and hands and arms) back into playing mode...it is not too heavy for me...I can hold it up without using my knee (as I could in the good old days)..
Summary: Bought this guitar many, many years ago. Never could get used to the shape, which necessitates using the included strap. For some reason, maybe because I didn't use extra light strings as per Martin's recommendation, the guitar developed a couple of long cracks on the top, which surprisingly didn't seem to effect the sound that I could tell. I don't bother playing this guitar anymore and will probably be selling it soon.
Summary: I have been playing guitar for about 30 years now. I have bought sold, traded about every brand of guitar out there. Now, I have 3 regular sized acoustics, and 3 electrics. I also have a Little Martin DX black I bought to travel with, but even found it as small at it is a little to big to travel with for some reason. So, I read about the Martin Backpacker guitar a while back. I finally got to play one at my local music, and loved it, could not put it down.