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Comment by Tony K. on January 28, 2016 at 9:51am

Thanks Derick, I start on Monday.  So far all the doctors say I'm good.  Go figure, I thought for sure they'd find "something" wrong with me!   :)

Ya, that "Martin" sound is the best.  Don't know how they do it, but hope they never stop!

Comment by Derick Chatfield on January 28, 2016 at 9:33am

Hi Tony
Thanks for the welcome message.
I must say that I have got really attached to this Martin Dreadnought Junior.
Just the right size for me, and really like the Martin sound, the tone, volume and sustain are second to none.
Hope the training going well.

Comment by Tony K. on January 28, 2016 at 9:14am

@ Derick...  Welcome to the group my friend!  And congrats again on that sweet little Martin acquisition.  Not the most active of groups but the community here can be interesting and helpful as well.  Enjoy your new baby and your "official induction" into the Martin club!      :D

Comment by Dave Fengler on January 28, 2016 at 4:44am

Jim - I wound the 1st & 6th strings to the outside to have a straighter pull at the nut.  It made sense to me.  Normally I can't stand guitars that have the strings would backwards like that.  I see stock pictures of the Backpacker show them would to the inside.  

I might consider making a body for it some day.  If it sounded better.  It's more of toy than a real guitar.  But I think the "Backpacker" type guitars are interesting, since I have 3 different ones.

Comment by Kurt Chandler on January 27, 2016 at 8:09pm

Your Backpacker with wings would make it easier to hold. I use mine camping and hiking using a scooter, since I have a lame foot. It has always been hard to hold without slipping, so I use the neck strap to keep it in place. I assume the air chamber is not connected so you don't get any sound benefit. When playing my Backpacker people always ask what it is. I always thought it could use more volume.

Comment by Ron Khoo on January 27, 2016 at 10:59am

Cool looking backpacker with wings.  Hope it can fly like a Seagull..  I tried the backpacker in GC and was not impressed with the sound. I would love to try the Junior Dread, but the local GC did not have it then, I was not going to drive a long distance just to try it out.  Lucky you Derick.  So Dave, good job on fixing the backpacker.

Comment by Jim Yates on January 27, 2016 at 10:37am

There is a fellow named Phil Parker who just couldn't get used to playing his Backpacker, so got a friend to build some wings that fasten on with Velcro, so that it can be used as a travel guitar.

Comment by Jim Yates on January 27, 2016 at 10:29am

Dave, Are the first and sixth strings on the backpacker meant to be wound on the outside of the tuning pegs?  It is symmetrical and if it works, why not, but it does jump out at me.

Comment by Derick Chatfield on January 27, 2016 at 6:48am

Just joined the Martin Owners Group.
Quite recently when to the local guitar shop, and tried all there Martin Guitars, in total about six different models.
Never have a Martin guitar before, the one I keeped going back to was a Martin Dreadnought Junior, not the most expensive, but all solid wood, with that real Martin sound, so I bought it, and could not de more pleased.
Not seen many comments, about the Dreadnought Junior, as anyone else got one, and if so do they think it's great like I do.

Comment by Dave Fengler on September 13, 2015 at 11:02am

After 3 months in various stages of traction, I finally put the Backpacker back together.  The clamping and back bowing of the neck had some success.  The neck relief is now good and the neck is flat.  But I wasn't able to convince the thicker parts of the neck to stay bent to lower the action further.  I had to sand the saddle so low there's only 1/32" sticking out of the bridge.  I deepened the existing string ramps so there would be something approaching a decent break angle.

I used a fine brass "toothbrush" to get the few patches of paint out of the grain of the wood.  Then I used Howard's Feed-N-Wax & 0000 steel wool to scrub the fretboard clean.  Then cleaned and rejuvenated the guitar body with Howard's Feed-N-Wax.  It's the first time I've used it.  The stuff is amazing!!  The guitar looks like new!  Other than a few small dings that are very hard to see.  It works great on thin stained finishes, won't do anything over a polyurethane or lacquer finish.

I almost forgot the most important thing.  Out of the 3 Backpacker type guitars I have, this sounds the best.  A little tubby (a little banjo-like) with a lack of bass like all real small body guitars, but not bad.

It helps to play it with a strap, to help stabilize the small body.  Using the supplied mid body strap button leaves the guitar a bit top heavy so I attached it to the headstock.  The guitar still wants to flip forward or backward depending on how you rest your right forearm on it.  Once you figure that out it's not bad.

Not bad for costing $75 on CraigsList.  I wish I had taken some before pics, other than a few while it was clamped.


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