Martin Backpacker with pickup?

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  1. doc

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    I know Martin makes a Backpacker with an installed pickup. Anybody try one, or compare that pickup choice with others? Any comments on how close to a "real guitar" it can sound or anybody use one of these on a gig?
     
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    Backpacker stink in my opinion. I own one and use it occasionally for what it was intended for--taking it on trips where a full-sized guitar wouldn't travel well. But the playing experience and tone leaves much to be desired. Can't imagine why you want to gig with one.... just my opinion.
     
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    Its not that I "want" to gig with one, my thought is that if you had traveled somewhere with it and could get a decent sound through a PA with one it might be even handier, whereas if you can get only a "quasi-guitarlike sound" at best it might be better not to worry about a pickup in one. It would make a great "no worries" gig guitar for a singer songwriter that flies a lot. I know with some other instruments (like the Ashbory bass) that a diminutive acoustic sound doesn't necessarily have to translate into a small amplified sound.
     
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    There are just so many better travel guitar options out there these days--admittedly more expensive, but the Backpacker is hard to even hold properly bacause of it's shape--really hard to play in a sitting position.
     
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    I use the Yamaha Silent String. It works great!
     

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