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Martin Steel-String Backpacker GBPC Travel Acoustic Guitar (With Gig Bag and Strap)

With a full-size fretboard and solid spruce top, the steel-string Backpacker delivers Martin build quality in an under-3-pound travel acoustic guitar. (405) Read 33 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Whether you intend to go camping, sit around a bonfire at the beach, or simply rock out on your front porch, the Martin Backpacker steel-string acoustic guitar will come in handy. The petite guitar is the perfect size for travel. Aptly named the Backpacker, this little instrument is slim enough to fit in a backpack, and at about 2.5 pounds, is light enough to carry around without weighing you down.

High Martin Standards

Instruments made by The Martin Guitar Company are known for their quality materials and construction, and the Backpacker reflects the company's high standards for craftsmanship. You won't get laminated tops or sides on this wee-sized guitar -- this mini acoustic features a solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back, and a fingerboard and bridge made of select hardwood. It doesn't have a fancy pickguard or rosette detailing, but that's okay. The six-string acoustic guitar looks good the way it is, without any extra bells and whistles, and the overall shape of the instrument makes it interesting.

Like many other guitars by Martin, the Backpacker guitar boasts a surprisingly rich, loud tone, making it a good choice for solo practice, accompaniment with vocals, or any impromptu performance. An especially nice feature of the Backpacker is its full-size fretboard, which makes it easy to go from the little Backpacker to any other guitar without feeling awkward. When you're done playing, slip the Backpacker into its padded black nylon carrying bag (included) for safe keeping.

Take on Any Terrain

Martin's steel-string Backpacker is quite rugged, despite its unique appearance and compact form factor. Designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use and travel, the lightweight Backpacker is ideal for any guitarist in need of a good quality, modestly priced guitar that can be played comfortably in any environment. Don't expose your best, most expensive guitar to dirt, moisture, or any other harsh elements; do it with the Backpacker!

Features:

- Slim travel-size acoustic guitar with 6 steel strings
- Extremely lightweight (2.5 lbs.) and compact, so you can take it anywhere
- Quality craftsmanship and materials let you know it's a Martin
- Full-size fretboard (15 frets) makes it easy to play
- Solid spruce top and solid mahogany sides and back
- 24" scale length
- Comes with carrying bag and woven strap

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- Top Wood: Solid Spruce

- Rosette: None

- Pickguard: None

- Bracing: Unique Backpacker Bracing

- Side Wood: Solid Mahogany

- Back Wood: Solid Mahogany

- Back Construction: 1-piece

- Back Inlay Strip: None

- Fingerboard and Bridge: Richlite

- Binding: None

- Bound Fingerboard: No

- Neck Width at Nut: 1-11/16 in.

- Scale Length: 24 in.

- Frets Clear: 15

- Frets Total: 15

- Body Finish: Hand Rubbed Urethane

- Number of Strings: 6

- Bridge Material: Richlite

- Bridge Style: Unique To Backpacker Steel String

- Bridge String Spacing: 2.187''

- Saddle: 16'' radius/Compensated/Tusq

- Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Buttons

- Recommended Strings: Martin Extra Light 80/20 Bronze (M170)

- Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots/Chrome Strap Button

- Case: Padded Combo Bag included
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 36 x 10 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11GBPC
Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

This GBPC-steel string guitar is built to withstand the rigors of outdoor use and travel. Weighing less than 2.5 lbs., the model has a rich and loud tone and includes a padded black nylon carrying bag and a Martin woven strap. This model comes with a 1 year Limited Warranty.

About the Martin Guitar Company
For well over a century and a half, The Martin Guitar Company has been continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world. The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C.F. Martin, Sr.'s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830's to recent developments introduced by C.F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting 6 generations of dedication to the guitar maker's craft.

In or out of the music industry, C.F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Throughout its colorful history, the company has adapted successfully to continual changes in product design, distribution systems, and manufacturing methods. In spite of the many changes, C.F. Martin has never veered away from its initial commitment to quality. The concern for producing the finest instruments possible in 1833 is especially in evidence today at Martin's expanded facility in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
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4.5 out of 5 (405 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Overall: My husband wanted a guitar for a self contained cross country bike tour. It is beautifully crafted, light weight, sounds pretty awesome for such a small bodied guitar and the bonus is that it's easy enough for me to play with my little girlie hands because it uses extra light strings. I can see myself actually finally learning to play some guitar with this beauty. My husband really likes the easy action and good playability. It sounds plenty big for campfires and it doesn't drown out my Uke. Overall we Loooooooove it.
Style of Music: oldies, rock
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great little travel/recording guitar. Martin designed it to be light, packable, and to travel. It has exceded my expectations..."
Sound: The Martin Backpacker is a great little guitar. Alot of people complain about the sound. Sure it wont sound like your D-18 or your D-28 or your D-45, or whatever you have. Its a small travel guitar, and is not suppose to sound like you big, expensivve Martin. It just wont happen. It is what it is, and does what it does very well. I love to travel with it, and its perfect for taking outside sitting on the front/back porch swing, lying in the hammock, etc, and just playing. People also complain about how hard it is to sit and play it. I have worked on this, and finally found a comfortable way to play it sitting down. Im happy.... Feature: Comes with a Martin padded gig bag that fits it perfectly. Also comes with aMartin strap. Ease of Use: Sounds a little like a banjo. It has its own unique sound.... Quality: The build quality is solid on the Backpacker.Feels great in my hands. Again, people complain about the width of the neck, but I love nice chunky necks, which the Backpacker has. Has quality Martin tuning keys.... Value: The price is very reasonable on the Backpacker. Look around, shop around. ZZ has the best price I have found... Manufacturer Support: Uh, never dealt with Martin personally.... The Wow Factor: I love the way it looks, and it gets stares and looks when you play it out. Its a conversation piece for sure.... Overall: I expect to have this baby for a long time.... If stolen or something happens to it, I would get another one, no hesitations...
Style of Music: Funk, jazz/fusion, classic rock, jazz, folk....
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