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  • jromepjromep

    Really a "sound journey" on the other hand with micro changes everything ...

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 06/29/14 at 13:39
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    Mexico

    UTILIZATION

    Limited access to acute. The original sound is reminiscent of a Ukulele just one guitar.
    Usability not obvious - we look for the right way to stall without the strap is not easy. But eventually adapt -

    SOUNDS

    The sound is pretty bad - but at the same time with a case of this size, it is not very surprising.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 2 years - I finally used very little - but it's nice to have a guitar that takes up so little space when traveling - this is for, it's good :)

    And mostly I just added a piezo Martin Thinline 332 (amazon U.S.) and there is top - plugged into iRig and HP Bose type for iPhone (in the spirit of travel) or an amp …
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    Mexico

    UTILIZATION

    Limited access to acute. The original sound is reminiscent of a Ukulele just one guitar.
    Usability not obvious - we look for the right way to stall without the strap is not easy. But eventually adapt -

    SOUNDS

    The sound is pretty bad - but at the same time with a case of this size, it is not very surprising.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 2 years - I finally used very little - but it's nice to have a guitar that takes up so little space when traveling - this is for, it's good :)

    And mostly I just added a piezo Martin Thinline 332 (amazon U.S.) and there is top - plugged into iRig and HP Bose type for iPhone (in the spirit of travel) or an amp that has nothing See - you can even have fun in and out sounds nice. It will come out much more often the case now.

    I recommend the adaptation - it's pretty simple to finally follow the tutorial below

    https://cameronpurdy.blogspot.fr/2013/05/installing-martin-332-thinline-pickup_1242.html
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  • ddnddn

    Unusable

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 06/23/14 at 14:25
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    It's a Martin. Me buying it, I was awfully proud to have Martin, especially for that price.
    The handle is the big sound not handle end where big fingers play well.

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is large, the good. A hint of caution though: there is no trussrod not so thick ropes under penalty of twist (martin extra-light only, that's what the fans say this guitar).
    Access to treble is good, because there's treble it in this guitar.
    Ergonomics, uh, how to say this politely ... That sucks. You can not play without a strap that is hard to do well hold. You can not play or lying sprawled on a couch, sitting must play with strap taut as if we had a broom in the (nose). And even then, t…
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    It's a Martin. Me buying it, I was awfully proud to have Martin, especially for that price.
    The handle is the big sound not handle end where big fingers play well.

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is large, the good. A hint of caution though: there is no trussrod not so thick ropes under penalty of twist (martin extra-light only, that's what the fans say this guitar).
    Access to treble is good, because there's treble it in this guitar.
    Ergonomics, uh, how to say this politely ... That sucks. You can not play without a strap that is hard to do well hold. You can not play or lying sprawled on a couch, sitting must play with strap taut as if we had a broom in the (nose). And even then, the body is lighter than the head so it slumps continuously unless you nailed your strap in your left shoulder.
    Sound, uh, how to say this politely ... That sucks. It looks like the sound of a banjo box match.

    SOUNDS

    Careful, now, I'm sure if you files that Jess Williamson she will you do with owls songs, I'm just saying that current use is useless for most people. Mainly because the sound is so typical that it requires a particular hit out some balanced thing that makes picking technique you acquire on this guitar you will only use this guitar. Too bad, huh, for a guitar training.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I had two weeks via a rather advantageous exchange.
    I honestly hated this guitar, but it probably comes from my gambling
    Acoustic I play mostly in bed and the couch, sprawled like a slug. With Backpacker is not possible to play other than stiff sitting upright or standing stiffly erect too. Forget the time of relaxation with your guitar.
    It is much less bulky than a parlor and it sounds much worse.
    It requires a special technique of playing it seems impossible to implement on another guitar. In itself this is not a big deal but I do not see that this machine can ENTERING main instrument (except Jess Williamson but I already said).
    Basically, I took out my Baby Taylor from the case.
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  • isadysisadys

    I love it

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 08/04/13 at 14:42
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    mexico

    UTILIZATION

    very pleasant

    SOUNDS

    yes it suits me

    OVERALL OPINION

    I flashed on this guitar, a real favorite, I'm small and is very ergonomic, but you have to play with a strap for those who do not pick up this guitar, and it more incredible resonance very paticulière, the handle is very comfortable. It motivates me, makes me want to play and made me grow. The problem is that I no longer want to play on my "real" guitar that I find cumbersome.
    I wonder if someone put a bug to play on a small amp, I wonder if it's worth it. Thank you to answer me
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    mexico

    UTILIZATION

    very pleasant

    SOUNDS

    yes it suits me

    OVERALL OPINION

    I flashed on this guitar, a real favorite, I'm small and is very ergonomic, but you have to play with a strap for those who do not pick up this guitar, and it more incredible resonance very paticulière, the handle is very comfortable. It motivates me, makes me want to play and made me grow. The problem is that I no longer want to play on my "real" guitar that I find cumbersome.
    I wonder if someone put a bug to play on a small amp, I wonder if it's worth it. Thank you to answer me
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  • MGR/MattGMGR/MattG

    Martin Backpacker

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 01/28/11 at 15:00
    The <b>Martin Backpacker</b> is Martin's answer for the guitarist on the go that's made to withstand the elements. As it's name suggests, the guitar is made for backpackers and campers. This is the six string, non-electric model. It has Mahogany laminate back and solid braced top. The neck is also mahogany. There is a nylon string and a mandolin version of the backpacker.

    I purchased the guitar used a few years ago because I was heavy into hiking and backpacking and wanted to be able to take a guitar to write. I wanted something cheap and portable enough that I wouldn't have to worry about keeping it safe.

    <a href="www.martinguitars.com">www.martinguitars.com</a>

    My favorite thing about …
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    The <b>Martin Backpacker</b> is Martin's answer for the guitarist on the go that's made to withstand the elements. As it's name suggests, the guitar is made for backpackers and campers. This is the six string, non-electric model. It has Mahogany laminate back and solid braced top. The neck is also mahogany. There is a nylon string and a mandolin version of the backpacker.

    I purchased the guitar used a few years ago because I was heavy into hiking and backpacking and wanted to be able to take a guitar to write. I wanted something cheap and portable enough that I wouldn't have to worry about keeping it safe.

    <a href="www.martinguitars.com">www.martinguitars.com</a>

    My favorite thing about this guitar is that it weighs less than two and a half pounds. It's only a little more than three pounds when it's in the gig back so its not a lot of extra weight to pack with you. It sounds pretty good for such a small and non traditional bodied guitar. To me it sounds slightly like a banjo. It plays in tune and isn't hard to get in tune. It has decent tuners and with a little help plays pretty well.

    You have to use a strap to play the guitar because the body is so small it can't be supported on your body. I would love it to be a little louder but I really can't complain.

    The quality of construction is solid on the backpacker. It has decent tuners and the wood is solid. I have hiked many miles with the guitar banging on my backpack or breaking my fall. It has spent nights in very cold weather and days baking in the hot car. Even through all this, the guitar still stays and plays in tune.

    Bottom line, this guitar works great for what it is designed to do. I do not recommend this guitar for beginners to learn on. I also don't recommend it to those looking to own a Martin and enticed by the $200 dollar price tag. There are many other $200 dollar guitars that sound better, but no guitar will work better for a light and durable camping guitar.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Kupono McMGR/Kupono Mc

    Martin Backpacker

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 12/29/02 at 15:00
    I purchased this guitar on line for $150.

    The Backpacker is small and easy to travel with. It comes with a gig bag which is handy and so far even after 9/11 I have had no problem with airlines allowing me to carry it on. The sound is great for it's size which is the key. The natural wood looks really nice.

    I was bothered by the quiet sound at first but after playing a Baby Taylor I realized what I had. The Taylor sounded a lot like the Backpacker and seems like it is quite a bit larger because of the shape of the body.

    The construction is great BUT when I recieved it the action was too high for me and I had a bit of trouble with a few chords muting. An adjustment by a local dealer for $3…
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    I purchased this guitar on line for $150.

    The Backpacker is small and easy to travel with. It comes with a gig bag which is handy and so far even after 9/11 I have had no problem with airlines allowing me to carry it on. The sound is great for it's size which is the key. The natural wood looks really nice.

    I was bothered by the quiet sound at first but after playing a Baby Taylor I realized what I had. The Taylor sounded a lot like the Backpacker and seems like it is quite a bit larger because of the shape of the body.

    The construction is great BUT when I recieved it the action was too high for me and I had a bit of trouble with a few chords muting. An adjustment by a local dealer for $35 and now it is great.

    I feel that the Backpacker is exactly what it is cracked up to be. Travelling from Hawaii to Washington D.C with this baby was a joy. When I was bored at the airport or anywhere else I broke it out and had a blast. Price, quality, style...if it is small and value you're looking for this is the one.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • KalaharryKalaharry

    favorite

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 12/06/11 at 12:01
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    I possde a backpacker acoustic steel string, first generation, purchase.
    No default manufacturing or finishing.

    UTILIZATION

    At first, I t Drout by the profile of the neck / body because more rounded than I had experienced before. That said it is done quickly.
    The action is not the lowest but is average.
    We take pleasure to play this fast trs "thing" - in rhythm, in arpge - by walking, looking at the TL ... It is easy to lug around anywhere and you can DGain Scratch the instrument and to care.

    SOUNDS

    I used to hand me the guitar during MIDI breaks at work. It allowed me to find my small way faster.
    To play tonight ... is better to have quiet friends.
    I'd be cu…
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    I possde a backpacker acoustic steel string, first generation, purchase.
    No default manufacturing or finishing.

    UTILIZATION

    At first, I t Drout by the profile of the neck / body because more rounded than I had experienced before. That said it is done quickly.
    The action is not the lowest but is average.
    We take pleasure to play this fast trs "thing" - in rhythm, in arpge - by walking, looking at the TL ... It is easy to lug around anywhere and you can DGain Scratch the instrument and to care.

    SOUNDS

    I used to hand me the guitar during MIDI breaks at work. It allowed me to find my small way faster.
    To play tonight ... is better to have quiet friends.
    I'd be curious to see what gives a version of electro! In fact I would have loved to have him as Premire (electro-) acoustic to high school years.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do have trouble even qualifying the Backpacker guitar ... over a handle ... In any case, it is an instrument, no doubt the above plutt and manufactured goods.
    I used it for a year or two. Dsormais serving more than COD but I also purchased for the design (beautiful lines).
    The kids can take safely, as the greatest. It is an object fun and friendly trs. In addition, I can crner by saying that "I also possde a Martin."
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  • heads on fireheads on fire

    Plays well, but not ergonomic.

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 11/27/11 at 09:42
    Made in Mexico
    Braced, solid tonewood top
    Solid mahogany neck, back, and sides
    Nice chrome-enclosed tuners
    Weighs less than 2-1/2 lbs.
    Great for traveling or camping!

    UTILIZATION

    This guitar is easy enough to play. The neck and the string tension feel like other high-end Martin guitars. The Backpacker is very easy to take traveling, camping, or on other activities due to its small size. However, that small size is a bit awkward to hold, as it doesn't rest on the leg very well. The side that would rest on your lap is a smooth edge with no contours, so it wants to slide right off. It would benefit well from a design similar to the Steinberger leg rest.

    Also, the top strap but…
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    Made in Mexico
    Braced, solid tonewood top
    Solid mahogany neck, back, and sides
    Nice chrome-enclosed tuners
    Weighs less than 2-1/2 lbs.
    Great for traveling or camping!

    UTILIZATION

    This guitar is easy enough to play. The neck and the string tension feel like other high-end Martin guitars. The Backpacker is very easy to take traveling, camping, or on other activities due to its small size. However, that small size is a bit awkward to hold, as it doesn't rest on the leg very well. The side that would rest on your lap is a smooth edge with no contours, so it wants to slide right off. It would benefit well from a design similar to the Steinberger leg rest.

    Also, the top strap button is in an awkward location, so when holding the guitar with a strap attached, the Backpacker tilts forward slightly, and the neck will dive due to the high-quality tuning machines being a bit heavier. Ergonomics are not this guitar's strong suit, but it plays well enough to bring the rating in this category overall to a 7.

    SOUNDS

    The Backpacker sounds like a guitar. A very small, bright guitar, with not a lot of volume, but it sounds like a guitar, and not a toy or a ukulele, like some other small travel-sized guitars. It is certainly not lacking in note definition, but it doesn't project well, and the sustain is hampered by the small size and odd shape.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is a good guitar for campers and travelers. And, as odd as this is to admit in a guitar review, the Backpacker smells wonderful! However, I feel like the Baby Taylor guitar is a better choice overall, as its shape gives it more projection, higher quality tone, and much better ergonomics. For the traveling guitarist on a budget, the Backpacker is the right move, but if I had more cash, I'd go with the Baby Taylor. The Backpacker's shape is unique and instantly identifiable, but it may be the downfall of this guitar due to practicality reasons!
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  • le reverendle reverend

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 03/13/04 at 18:12
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    A "guitar" to stretch the fingers
    No effect, no microphones, just a stick with strings on it. No adjustment handle (string "extralight" mandatory, otherwise hopelessly twisted wood (hopeless because there is no adjustment. You follow, or not?)
    Mahogany neck, and the "sides" and "back". "Table" spruce. Closed mechanical (oil bath?)

    UTILIZATION

    Handle very short and very thick, completely different from a regular round Martin. It is very unpleasant, it feels like a log.
    Access to acute easy, normal, there is almost no cash.
    The interface is horrible, but the strap, it has no idea how to keep this machine. Placed on the thigh, it is much too low to play. In addition, the sli…
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    A "guitar" to stretch the fingers
    No effect, no microphones, just a stick with strings on it. No adjustment handle (string "extralight" mandatory, otherwise hopelessly twisted wood (hopeless because there is no adjustment. You follow, or not?)
    Mahogany neck, and the "sides" and "back". "Table" spruce. Closed mechanical (oil bath?)

    UTILIZATION

    Handle very short and very thick, completely different from a regular round Martin. It is very unpleasant, it feels like a log.
    Access to acute easy, normal, there is almost no cash.
    The interface is horrible, but the strap, it has no idea how to keep this machine. Placed on the thigh, it is much too low to play. In addition, the slightest movement of the left hand moves the position of the guitar because the body has no inertia, views its small size. All the weight is in the handle, the imbalance hello!

    You do not get easily "good sound" because it does not get a good sound at all! (See more ...)

    SOUNDS

    The sound is a "banjo hungry." Not too surprising, given that there is not a sounding board on a tiny table.
    I had hoped for a miracle, like "a narrow but balanced." Nope, it's atrocious. it's plonck plonck, we play in picking or agreements.

    I put as a means for something. ;-)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I am looking for a small guitar take with me when I travel by plane for the holidays.
    When I saw that Martin had a backpacker in its catalog, I thought he was trying to get an opinion, and that perhaps it would be a good idea of ​​genius: a scraper for the holidays, that one can safely take into the cabin in airplanes.

    Yuck yuck yuck yuck! How disappointed I am! I had hoped it would be so constructed to have a small but good sound anyway. After all, Martin is not the last factor of guitars, they may be a silver bullet.
    Nothing to do, the laws of the violin are impitooyaaaableuuuu.

    For a guitar, it is wood, you need a table, you need a crate. If we remove part of all this, we remove almost everything that makes the sound of a guitar. Unstoppable. But how naive I am.

    I tried in the store, I have not bought.
    A book so for those who want to train by agreeing without a headphone, and not looking on sound quality.
    In addition, have to adapt to the special comfort of the machine is not won. But if there is that it does not reject, they will take. This program is very special reason my bill.

    Here, suddenly, I even asked the price. Missing is it is expensive ....
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  • fafmanfafman

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 04/28/05 at 14:02
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Martin travel guitar
    travel guitar that we all ammne

    UTILIZATION

    It is a compact travel guitar: it has the advantages (easier to have a guitar around carry) of inconvnients (his average ergonomics average round ok)
    The most beautiful girl in the world than it has a.
    We can criticize course!! But when you are across the world and vote in the empty hand itches the martin is Top as you keep in touch with one instrument.
    Sitting comfortably in his studio in RPET it may seem bland and terrible.

    The trick is knowing what you are looking !!!!!!!

    SOUNDS

    We can all play (Agreement and picking)
    it's a guitar to practice and not a tool concert !!!!!

    OVERALL OPIN…
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    Martin travel guitar
    travel guitar that we all ammne

    UTILIZATION

    It is a compact travel guitar: it has the advantages (easier to have a guitar around carry) of inconvnients (his average ergonomics average round ok)
    The most beautiful girl in the world than it has a.
    We can criticize course!! But when you are across the world and vote in the empty hand itches the martin is Top as you keep in touch with one instrument.
    Sitting comfortably in his studio in RPET it may seem bland and terrible.

    The trick is knowing what you are looking !!!!!!!

    SOUNDS

    We can all play (Agreement and picking)
    it's a guitar to practice and not a tool concert !!!!!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I was to buy $ 200 USD for while I was sweating has nothing 5 years ago
    Since then she follows me everywhere, and robust I lgre n'embete person on the plane is my travel companion Fidler.
    I work every night the hotel at least 1 hour in the quiet sound is not as ugly as that.
    We can even place a microphone with a small amp.
    For my part I let nature.
    When I get home I find my instruments have always had the finger exercises ...
    It is the purpose of this guitar
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  • camelmancamelman

    Martin & Co Steel String Backpacker GuitarPublished on 12/15/05 at 08:26
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    United States to buy (LA California), there are three.
    manufactures in Mexico!
    Steel strings!

    UTILIZATION

    Well I read your opinion, each other .............. Indeed if we compare this instrument with a guitar normal (steel strings) I think that no photo. Since ending for three I have, essentially, to win in my dplacements, I'm thrilled! Well yes, some no offense, I am absolutely delighted. First, take time to tame it, to know the holding, and this is true to say at the beginning ... because if we do it like a normal guitar (or classical) is DRDR, but soon you get used to.
    I am also impressed by the sound of this skyscraper: one wonders at beginners, if one is able to leave …
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    United States to buy (LA California), there are three.
    manufactures in Mexico!
    Steel strings!

    UTILIZATION

    Well I read your opinion, each other .............. Indeed if we compare this instrument with a guitar normal (steel strings) I think that no photo. Since ending for three I have, essentially, to win in my dplacements, I'm thrilled! Well yes, some no offense, I am absolutely delighted. First, take time to tame it, to know the holding, and this is true to say at the beginning ... because if we do it like a normal guitar (or classical) is DRDR, but soon you get used to.
    I am also impressed by the sound of this skyscraper: one wonders at beginners, if one is able to leave her ... well yes, she defends a lot. In the studio, I use it more and more and slide .... She is really gniale! Please try it in a slide with a small glass tube or steel tip of your finger with a small amp derrire, you will give me some news.

    SOUNDS

    I russi out real sounds well balanced and especially game slide with a good amp (Vox) and a steel tube to the finger .... a wonder. Blues, Blue Grass, Country style still!

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's a fun scratching, practical and above all fantastic skiing (Slide). I made the blues solos above, where does it cost when coming out, we could not believe his eyes (it does to say).

    I set September 1 as it's worth it!
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