#1
hey, im think of getting one of these for a major, backpacking trip through the white mountains, New hampshire this summer
im wondering if anyone can give me some insight on this guitar, as far as tone/durability/ and qualty,

im sure there are not that many outdoorsy type people here, but do u think it could fit in a 4200 c.u, backpack (Gregory Baltoro

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#2
Not a bad little guitar, i tried them out, didn't care much for the shape. I got myself a Johnson backpacker, check it out the shape is cooler for my tastes, but, the martin was nice played well, and had a pretty decent tone for such a small guitar. sorry, no help on the fitting into the backpack though.

I know a few people who prefer to change it up, and stringit with nylon strings, they prefer the tone that way.
#3
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Not a bad little guitar, i tried them out, didn't care much for the shape. I got myself a Johnson backpacker, check it out the shape is cooler for my tastes, but, the martin was nice played well, and had a pretty decent tone for such a small guitar. sorry, no help on the fitting into the backpack though.

I know a few people who prefer to change it up, and stringit with nylon strings, they prefer the tone that way.

Martin offers a nylon classical version of the backpacker for this purpose. It has a different style of bracing and thickness and sounds much better for nylon strings.

A Martin Backpacker came into my possession a while ago as part of a gift from a friend while I was on a busking excusion (which mostly consisted of living homeless for a month on the streets of Detroit, while I was doing not a great deal of "busking"). It served its pupose well and was extremely durable. I kept it slung like a rifle on the back of my shoulder, strapped with twine. It wasn't much for volume, so I never was able to use it to make much money, since it felt somewhat redunant. However, on those cold and lonely nights in backalleys, it was a great comfort. I got many compliments on passerbys and the occasional hobo who wanted to play it (always claiming that they had played guitar with whoever on whatever record). Despite having to defend it in a few tugging matches with theives, it held up very well.

For the price, I think it's worth it. However, if volume is what you want, look elsewhere. This is more for very personal and private enjoyment.
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#4
a friend of mine had one in HS, played it a few times. it is pretty damn portable(of course) sounds a bit thin because of the obvious lack of resonanting body, but projected surprisingly well, so it was loud enough to sing with and be heard around a camp fire.

as far as putting one in a back pack, i am not overly sure that would be a good idea depending on what you keep in your back pack and how much room you want left in it. don't get me wrong, from what i remember they were rugged little things and it wouldn't be too easy to hurt the thing, like accidently dropping on the ground from a few feet up would probably just knock it outta tune, not damage it. what i would be more concerned about it crushing accidentally or something hard damaging it in the backpack.

my advice would be to try and obtain some kinda small gig bag with a little bit of reinforcement in it(or reinforce the gig bag that comes with the martin) and strap it to the outside of your back pack, this would save space on the inside and you wouldn't have to worry too much about a stray can of food or a utility knife damaging the guitar in the backpack. you also may want to take a look at the washburn rover, the case is reinforced, but it also looks a little to big to try and strap to a backpack

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-Rover-Travel-Guitar-?sku=511819
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