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“Well, i dont think i can talk my hikin partner into packin my amp & a generator for my strat-o-caster, so I need a backpackin guitar. I do have a little battery powered amp but the strat weighs like 25 lbs. anybody got one they dun want? those Martins are cool, even though the tone is a little cheesy. At least I could get ma "fix" whilst i'm out there for 4 days!”
“Be careful. Some guy may come by wearing a shirt that says College on the front and bust your guitar.”
“search the threads, holmes.”
“I remember seeing small-bodied acoustics advertised that they were great for camping trips. Might be more lightweight and less annoying to other hikers.. but then again, power riffs don't sound as good on an acoustic! :-)”
“Hard to beat an Ovation or Ibanez for acoustic tone, but this leads me to ask: Why?
Anyone know of a lightweight 3/4 size harp that I can take on the trail with me?”
“A new market for a new product!!!!
Freeze-dried musical instruments.”
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“Anyone know of a lightweight 3/4 size harp that I can take on the trail with me?"
A "jews" harp”
Leave your instruments home for 4 days. Not sure I want to hear YOUR music while I'm listening to the sounds of the wilderness.”
you just dun get it
“stumpdewd, i know waht yer sayin dood, but it's not like i'm gonna be playin purple haze n doin feedback & blastin all da lil woodland creatures away. I jsut love to play my guitar. It's in my blood. It's niceto sit around at night and play a lil blues, er whatevah. i aint the kind to be offensive. there have been many times, at a camping area, where people came up to me the next day & told me thay enjoyed hearing the music last night at sittin round da fire. Yer right, I would be fine wifout it, but it's really jus to entertain myself. So, if i see ya comin down da trail, i'll put it away. maybe after a couple drinks, i can talk ya into singin a couple with me.”
Take a uke. But if you're near me, the drinks won't work and neither your music. And when you crawl into you tent I will put bacon in your guitar/uke, with the hope that a bear will take a liking to it.!”
“Don't mind Stumprider... he was terrorized by a pre-war HD-28 as a child, <grin>.”
“hmmm, this is the first time I've seen people trashing guitar players in the woods on this site. You people obviously hike over-crowded places. I bring a guitar either as a companion if I'm solo or if requested by the people I'm with. And I'm far enough from the east coast that I never have to share a shelter or fenced yard with strangers.
Back to the guitar, I think the mini acoustic guitars all sound like crap, Martins & Taylors included. Therefore my philosophy is take a disposable guitar that you won't grieve over if you break it (I have the same philosophy with cameras). I had a 3/4 size classical for a long time and broke it on a trip last fall (the nylon strings don't rust and that was a plus). It was a cheap piece of crap but was similar in sound to a good brandname mini guitar, just cheaper. It sounded better the further I got from the trailhead. The other day I found a $39.95 special made in China guitar for a trip next week. The cheap ones are lighter too. That's the way I go.
My daughter has an Ovation Standard Balladeer thin body made in USA that would be a good backpack guitar and sounds great. But if you step on it, drop it off a cliff, or get it ripped off it would be painful and cost $600.”
“Geesh Stumpman, whatta grump! Guess those piano lessons backfired....mommy made me mash my m&m's...
Sounds like yer on da right track Toesmegma. I think that's the rout to take, the got $40 3/4 size fenders(china) atta local music shop here.”
“oh wow! THANKS!”
“toejam - I happen to like my Martin backpacker - it's not like my Martin D-12-28, but it works in a pinch.
“Well, my wonderful bride Buffalobabe got mean Martin backpacker a couple years back and it took some gettin used to but I've grown to love it. Yeah the tone's thin but it's playable as he11. So last year on a 3 day float gone bad, I wrap”
The river flooded and i wrapped my canoe around a tree and it was underwater for about an hour before we could rescue it. That night the wood top, around the sound hole, bowed up where the glue let go. I immediately put 3 zipties around it so the it would dry out in the proper position. I figured it was toast and threw it in the corner when I got home. I got it out today and took off the supples and tuned it up and it's perfect. The neck's now warped, the tuners aren't rusted, the wood's not cracked anywhere. It has sentimental value because my wife gave it to me so i'm SO glad it's all
“I'm in the market for a new backpacking guitar. I'm older and my son lost my old one. Maybe I'll go with a Martin. Light weight will be the priority.”
“I think guitars are inappropriate for the backcontry. Sounds really travel and some folks really don't want to hear; even more so if you suck at it.
Leave it home or bring it to the car campground for the drunk Kumbuya session at 2:30 am.”
“Your face is inappropriate but you don't hear me complaining about it...
TJ, the Martin is pretty sweet. Gotta use a strap because of the way its shaped though...”
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