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Martin GCBC Backpacker Nylon-String Travel Acoustic Guitar, New

Keep this guitar on hand at all times. It's light, compact, and made of solid wood that delivers a sound bigger than it's body would have you guess. (57) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Martin's Backpacker can accompany you anywhere in the world -- or beyond. One neat little package gives the guitarist portability, playability, intonation, and durability. It's all solid wood, but light. You can stow the Backpacker, in the special gig bag that comes with it, and play it in armchairs, cars, parachuting, on mountaintops, in canoes -- anywhere your adventures take you. Choose your Backpacker from a steel 6-string guitar, or this classical nylon version. Standard features for the 'Backpacker Instruments' include solid wood back, sides and neck, a 1-year limited warranty, and padded carrying bag.

Backpackers(r) are fully playable compact travel guitars economically designed to meet the needs of musicians on the run! For their size, both the original steel-string style and this nylon-string classical model have a surprisingly rich and loud tone. Ruggedly built to withstand the rigors of outdoor situations like camping, hiking, and summer music festivals.

Features:

- Lightly braced solid tonewood top
- Solid Mahogany neck, back and sides
- Backpackers carry a 1-year limited warranty to the original owner

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- Model: Classical 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
- Headplate: none
- Heelcap: none
- Fingerboard Material: Richlite
- Scale Length: 24"
- Number Of Frets Clear: 15
- Number Of Frets Total: 15
- Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-15/16"
- Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-3/8"
- Fingerboard Position Inlays: none
- Fingerboard Binding: none
- Finish Back & Sides: Hand Rubbed Finish
- Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Finish
- Finish Neck: Hand Rubbed Finish
- Bridge Material: Richlite
- Bridge Style: Unique To Classic Backpacker
- Bridge String Spacing: 2.415"
- Saddle: Micarta
- Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Buttons
- Recommended Strings: Darco D-30 HB Ballend Classical
- Bridge & End Pins: none/chrome strap button
- Pickguard: none
- Case: Padded Combo Bag
- Interior Label: Paper Label
- Electronics: Not available as an option
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 36 x 10 x 5 in
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
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (57 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Sound: The classical-style Backpacker doesn't have the rich sound of a quality standard classical instrument. However, it does have a delightful, almost lute-like tone, which was a very pleasant surprise to me since I primarily play Renaissance music. You need good nails to evoke the tone, but it's quite rewarding and noticeable even with a multi-instrument group. Feature: Nicely padded case was included with a handy zipper pocket on the side. The included strap is somewhat uncomfortable (the nylon webbing is a bit rough) but it does the job of supporting the Backpacker properly. Ease of Use: Once the strap was properly adjusted, I found this to be a very comfortable, easy to play instrument. It's most definitely not similar to a normal guitar, but I adjusted quickly. I'm also impressed that additional bridges may be purchased if custom adjustments are desired. Quality: For all its quirkiness, I really like this guitar. However, I do wish the finish was a bit more...generous. It feels just a bit rough, but I'm used to a fully-finished body. The neck is also (relatively) unfinished but is already gaining a patina just from being played. The wood itself is quite nice and the mechanics work well. The tuning stabilized in just a few weeks. Value: It's a Martin! Manufacturer Support: I had an inquiry shortly after my guitar arrived, and contacted Martin directly. I received a useful, informative reply by email the next day. Well done! The Wow Factor: It travels well, which is what it's designed for. I have an excellent, concert-quality guitar but do NOT wish to do casual travel with it. Now I can leave my baby and home, safe and sound. Overall: I think the Backpacker is perfect for its designed purpose. It's fun to play, gets interesting reactions, and has a very pleasing, if unexpected, voice.
Style of Music: Primarily classical, some folk & rock
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The Ultimate Portable Classical Guitar"
Sound: The Martin Steel-string Backpackers have a "tinny" sound due to the small body, but this Classical Backpacker sounds like a Lute. Definitely does NOT sound like a Ukelele! The sound is good enough for what this guitar is designed to be, which is a very portable classical guitar. Feature: Bag, Martin-logoed strap. The bag is great, it has a zippered compartment for accessories and includes a shoulder strap. There is a little extra material inside to protect the headstock. Ease of Use: Okay, this is a portable guitar. Very solid, and as one might expect it is neck-heavy. Using the included strap is a must for any seated or standing position. Properly adjusted you can get a good Classical Guitar position when seated. The tuners work very well, they are smooth and I like that they are sealed. The 24" scale neck is excellent for serious practice--I have large hands so this is a critical point. It may take time to get the proper right-hand Classical position, but it can be done. Quality: The Martin quality is all there, very meticulous fretwork and mine had no defects at all. Value: For the price this is an absolutely excellent! I play electric and steel-string acoustic and wanted to dive into Classical playing. This was perfect for me. Manufacturer Support: I have never deal with Martin, there was never a need to. The Wow Factor: Everyone who has seen this Classical Backpacker is very interested in it. Overall: For learning and practicing Classical this is a great first choice for me. The alternative was to wait and purchase a midrange standard Classical, so I saved a lot of money and time by getting this first. Now, I can pursue my Classical studies and when I'm ready I can invest in a really nice Classical!
Style of Music: Varied
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