Martin LX1R Little Martin Acoustic Guitar (with Gig Bag)

Martin LX1R Little Martin Acoustic Guitar (with Gig Bag)

This Little Martin is ideal for roadtrips or having a sing-a-long around a campfire. Built from sustainable woods, going green has never sounded better.

Martin GCBC Backpacker Nylon-String Travel Acoustic Guitar

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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
Martin Warranty Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner. Any Martin guitars sold by zZounds as "Blemished," "B-Stock," "Warehouse Resealed," or any condition other than "New" are not covered under Martin's warranty. 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837
(51 ratings)
Submitted February 11, 2009 by a customer from
Martin GCBC Backpacker Customer Review
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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.

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.

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.

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 read more a few weeks.

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.

Musical Background:
Nearly 40 years of guitar

Musical Style:
Primarily classical, some folk & rock
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