Travel guitar (Backpacker model)

Manufactured by C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. (American)

Object Place: Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States


Length 89 cm, width 19.7 cm, depth 5 cm (Length 35 1/16 in., width 7 3/4 in., depth 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, spruce, rosewood, plastic, steel, copper, nickel silver

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Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Back, ribs, and neck of one-piece of mahogany. Belly of wide-grain spruce. Tuning machines and strap buttons of chrome-plated steel. Fingerboard of rosewood with fifteen frets of nickel silver. Nut, saddle, and bridge pins of white plastic. Bridge of rosewood. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and two steeply angled braces on belly. Padded case of black nylon and player’s strap of brown nylon.


Embossed into soundboard: C. F. Martin & Co./ EST. 1833; printed label: The/ Backpacker/ Guitar/ Serial # [handwritten: 95. 043]/ .../ Manufactured by/ C.F. Martin & Co., Inc./ Made in Mexico...


2000, gift of the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2000)

Credit Line

Gift of The Martin Guitar Company