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Martin Backpacker Acoustic Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

A uniquely styled guitar meant to go anywhere, the Martin Backpacker is ready to play out from the highest mountaintop.


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MSRP: Old Price $319.00 Discounted Price $229.00 Save : $90.00 (28%)
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Perhaps it looks odd at first, but this super cool instrument is constructed to go anywhere with ease. Featuring unprecedented portability, excellent sound and solid construction, the Martin Backpacker is perfect for the guitar player who's constantly mobile and doesn't want to be without their 6-string.

Unprecedented Portability
Just looking at this guitar you can tell it's really portable. The Backpacker is designed so there is no extra area.  It's got a reasonable 15 frets, and as far as the body, Martin just left the necessary soundhole and a little bit of space to maintain appropriate sound. The 24" scale length and 1-11/16" fingerboard give the Backpacker a sleek, easy feel, and storing it is no problem. The included soft gig bag keeps the traveling light while enabling you to safely transport the instrument.

Excellent Sound
The top of the Backpacker is Sitka spruce, a tonewood known for its warm, vibrant sound. The neck is an FSC certified Richlite. Richlite is a lightweight, eco-friendly material which provides solid sustain and nice tone. In combination, the woods of this guitar give it great sound that you might not expect at first glance.  

Solid Construction
Built to be durable and withstand the rigors of travel, the Martin Backpacker has Sitka spruce bracing and a body made from select tonewoods. Select hardwood was used for the neck to make sure it's ready to travel. Chrome enclosed gear tuning machines hold the Backpacker in tune so if you bump it around a little bit, you won't have to worry about retuning. Finished off with a durable white Corian nut and compensated white Tusq saddle, this instrument is ready to be played wherever you wind up.

• Highly Portable Acoustic Travel Guitar
• Backpacker Style Body with Sitka Spruce Top
• 24" Scale Length, 1-11/16" Width Neck
• 15-Fret Richlite Fingerboard
• Chrome Enclosed Gear Tuners, White Corian Nut and White Tusq Saddle
• Includes Soft Gig Bag

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Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Gig Bag

Great Travel Guitar


Amazing little, travel guitar -- sounds great! #sweepstakes



Love it!


Love it. Great, complex sound for such a compact guitar. Easy to play... able to take on the plane too! Great shopping experience with Brandon in Sarasota!



Santa did great!


Arrived in great time and in excellent condition. Husband was thrilled with this Christmas gift!



Just for Fun


Love my Backpacker. Great for weekend trips, or just a living room guitar that won't take up much space. I previously owned a Washburn Rover, which was also great, but always secretly wanted this little guy. Also, how else can you get a Martin for under $200?



Nice little ax.


Nice little ax for the price, stays in tune on a cold night at camp. Sweet Martin neck makes this Gibson guy want a Martin full size acoustic. Had buddies play it as well and it passed muster 100%. Go get yourself one.



Great service and great product!


I ordered the Martin Backpacker Acoustic Travel Guitar as a surprise gift for my honey. It arrived quickly and he loves it! Looking forward to taking the new guitar on an upcoming cross-country trip.

Con the Artist

Chicago, IL


Take your music EVERYWHERE!


One of the first travel guitars, the backpacker is still one of the best made for sound, playability and mobility. Solid spruce top, solid back and sides, and the shape is unique. The only problem I have with it is its hard to play without the included strap. It does come with a gig bag too. -this is a staff review by skern at Sam Ash Music 57



I love this guitar!!


I have wanted one for years and finally ordered it. Fun to play and it is great for road trips, the dorm or anywhere you want to take it!!

Joe Strummer

Conneautville, PA


terrible sound


This is not worth it. Not a pretty sound and hard to tune. We returned it.




Does what I need it to do


The only time I use this guitar is on trips involving air travel. I use it primarily to play scales and other practice exercises when I'm on business trips. For that purpose it works extremely well. I've seen reviews in which people say they find themselves reaching for this instead of their everyday guitars. I would never say that. Also I don't understand when people say, "It's got that Martin tone." It has very little tone, Martin or otherwise. If you understand that this is a very limited instrument, a practice tool really, you won't be disappointed. I'm away from home as I write this, and I am glad to have the Backpacker along for the ride.


Indio, CA


Backpacker Acoustic Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

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Other Features Select Hardwood fingerboard, 15 frets, 24 inch scale
Model Backpacker Acoustic Guitar
Warranty Info:

Backpacker Acoustic Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

Backpackers and Little Martins have a limited one-year warranty. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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