$ 249 $ 339
1n 1981 I designed the Backpacker Guitar. In 1992 (after we had made nearly 1,000 Backpackers) C F Martin and I entered an agreement whereby Martin would make and sell the Backpacker under license from me. It is now 25 years later, and Martin has sold close to 300,000 Backpackers. To commemorate that, for 2017 they are making an all Sapele (similar to Mahogany) model, quite similar to the all mahogany model that was one of the variations we made.
We are happy to offer both the traditional Martin Backpacker (Mahogany Body with Spruce top) and the 25th anniversary model (all Sapele). Quantities are limited. If you request it, I will gladly sign the guitar you purchase.
The whole concept of the Backpacker is, it's a guitar you can have with you, any time, any place. It has ridden the Space Shuttle, been to both poles, and to the high base camp on Mt Everest. It has made numerous passages of the Appalachian trail, kept spirits up for troops in the Middle East, and sailed the oceans of the world. At no time in these adventures, did the Backpacker sound like a great full-sized guitar. It is compact, light, and durable, and has a sturdy voice all it's own. Performers from Jon Anderson to Ani DiFranco to Oliver Mtukudzi have written, performed and recorded using that sturdy voice. Think of it like the dinghy to your big guitar...you go ashore and explore the Island with your dinghy, not your yacht!
Spruce Top: Steel String or Nylon $249
Sapele Top Steel String $259
These new ColorUp Strumstick straps have been extremely popular, here are our currently available colors. The adjustable cord strap that comes with the Strumstick works fine, but our ColorUp Straps add style and even more comfort to your Strumstick playing.
These are beautiful cotton straps in a variety of gorgeous colors (handmade here in the good ol' USA!) Specifically designed for the Strumstick, they are 3/4" wide, 4 ply fabric, have genuine leather end tabs and adjust from 30-53" long with a minimal plastic slider. They all employ our unique flexible O-Link with just the right amount of give, for maximum comfort. Many are overdyed, and all the color combinations are carefully selected by our partners in this project, the color experts at ColorUpLife.com.
$15.00 ea. Order the color by number. Quantities are limited. Colors may vary slightly from how they appear on your device screen. More colors coming in June
We are now in production on our beautiful new Strumstick Dock Display Stand. I started them last year and field tested them at a bunch of shows. They passed the public test (thousands of people, children, the occasional dog) as well as wind, earthquakes and volcanos (well, wind and shaking tables anyway). I designed them to be sturdy and elegant, and to display the Strumstick as the art object it is. They also hold it ready for instant partying and urgent musical inspirations!
A heavy Padouk base supports two light and rigid fiberglass rods, and a support yoke made from leftover Strumstick wood.
$ 185 $ 198
Our two "Everbody" Strumsticks. Spruce Tops, Maple Backs, Padouk Bodies.
Great Sound, No Wrong Notes, The easiest instrument in the world to learn.
Full instructions included.
Buy either One, or Both! Special price: either one just $185 ( reg $198)
Buy Both, just $370, and we'll add two free cases ($40 value)