I agree. The backpacker had a pretty good tone but the odd shaped body made it impossible to play sitting down (although great for hiking, not so much when you're sitting at a the campfire). I was able to compensate for it being absurdly top heavy by using a strap (while sitting) but in the end gave it away as a gift to someone that would appreciate it more. The first mistake they (Martin) made in the construction is not using at least a ukelele type body (one of the biggest drawbacks is that you can't rest the thing on any part of your leg because it slides on the leg towards the 12th fret). The other mistake was putting the tuners on a normal (albeit mini) headstock without having anything to counter balance the weight of the headstock. All in all a cute idea, and cool to own but I wouldn't spend much money on one and if given an option would go for a yamaha silent guitar or the Miranda.ritchieb wrote:The Miranda guitar looks great. Much better design, looks like something serious players can use. I think they're only available in the U.S. though, to get one here in Norway would mean serious shipping costs and a hefty import customs bill. I don't travel so much to justify the expense, but it looks like a sound investment if you're based in the U.S.
Have heard some good things about the Backpacker too.You can get hold of them here, if you wait a few months.Have heard they suffer from "top-heaviness" too, and they're about 36" long, which is almost as long as my Yamaha Silent guitar. I bought the Traveler to avoid frequent wranglings at airports with staff regarding carry-on of the Yamaha.After 9/11, here in Europe at least, what you can take onto the plane as carry-on has drastically reduced, probably also due to cut-price airlines too stuffing in as many passengers as possible.
Maybe my quest for a playable guitar under 40" is unrealistic, I love the Yamaha. I won't admit defeat yet though on the Traveler.
Thanks for taking the interest.
RashJoe wrote:I have the Soloette travel guitar and have had no problems on flights. I either put it in the overhead compartment or hang it in the closet upon coming on board. Just Google Soloette. This is the one Sharon Isbin has endorsed.