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Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar Natural

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Martin's use of solid East Indian rosewood in the Performing Artist Series Custom GPCPA4 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar adds gorgeous tonal color and variety to its already full-sounding solid Sitka spruce ... Read More

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Overview

Martin's use of solid East Indian rosewood in the Performing Artist Series Custom GPCPA4 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar adds gorgeous tonal color and variety to its already full-sounding solid Sitka spruce top. This road-worthy model has a 14-fret cutaway for soloing. The fast and comfortable Performing Artist profile neck makes even long gigs or sessions a pleasure. Fishman's F1 Analog onboard electronics convey quality acoustic tones that excel both on stage and in studio. Other significant features include Hybrid "X" bracing usually found on more expensive models and a durable black Richlite fingerboard. Made in Nazareth, PA, USA. Includes hardshell case.

Features
  • Solid Sitka spruce top for a full, balanced sound
  • Solid East Indian rosewood offers adds color and variety
  • The same Hybrid "X" bracing as more expensive models for clear treble and tight bass
  • Slim, easy-to-play neck with black Richlite fingerboard
  • Fishman F1 Analog preamp and pickup system: Volume Control, Tone, Phase, Tuner and Low Battery indicator
  • Includes case
Specifications
  • Model: GPCPA4 Rosewood
    Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
    Body Size: Grand Performance 14-Fret Cutaway
    Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
    Rosette: Two Ring
    Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
    Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
    Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Back Purfling: none
    Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Endpiece: none
    Endpiece Inlay: none
    Binding: White Boltaron
    Top Inlay Style: Black/White/Black Boltaron
    Side Inlay: none
    Back Inlay: none
    Neck Material: Select Hardwood
    Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
    Nut Material: White Corian
    Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
    Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Heelcap: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
    Scale Length: 25.4''
    Number of Frets Clear: 14
    Number of Frets Total: 20
    Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
    Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
    Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 28 - White Corian
    Fingerboard Binding: none
    Finish Back & Sides: Satin
    Finish Top: Polished Gloss
    Finish Neck: Satin
    Bridge Material: Black Richlite
    Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly
    Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
    Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
    Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
    Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
    Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
    Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
    Case: 375 Hardshell
    Interior Label: none
    Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
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MartinCustom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (9)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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5.0

Love it.

By Newbie

from Mo

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

      I had a cedar top Alvarez, which I thought sounded nice until I heard this Martin. No comparison in sound. I had called the sales person with whom I had dealt with in the past and trusted, to help me with some choices. I went to the store with the intent on purchasing a Taylor. After listening to several Taylors ranging between the 214ce to the 814ce, the sales person then showed me this Martin model. The sales person and the four other individuals that were present, all chose the Martin for its sound over the Taylors. I know there are more expensive guitars out there, including Martin, but I am very happy with the sound of this guitar for the money. As a newbie, I only play at home so I can't speak to playing in larger spaces. Other guitars may provide a little more control with their on board electronics, but if you are running it through an acoustic amp, not sure that if it's really an issue as the amp provides a lot of flexibility.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Deb

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

        After playing different guitars for hours at the store, I kept going back to the Martin and could not put it down. I had come in for a Taylor but after playing the Martin I don't even like the sound of the Taylor anymore, not in this price range anyway. Some people love it though. I like the warm tone of the Martin versus the brightness of the Taylor but you need to play them and see what speaks to your soul.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Since it was a gift

        By Geezer

        from WA state

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

            for my daughter who lives in another town, I cannot answer all your questions. Still, she was thrilled with it and--it is a REAL wood, solid wood Martin--so--'nuff said, I think

             
            5.0

            Awsesome Guitar in both looks and playability

            By AJ

            from Kimberly, Wi

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

              I play in a classic country, honky tonk band and this guitar is a great addition

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Acoustic

              By Ron

              from St. Louis, Missouri

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                Well worth the price.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                They just keep getting better...

                By Don Moore

                from Durham, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                  I was getting ready to retire soon, and thought; I had always wanted to get a good guitar to replace the cheap one I always seemed to own and, if I were retired, I would have time to play it. I decided to play every guitar I have always thought of as potentially excellent, so I asked friends, looked on line, etc. and then it was time to play them. I had by then narrowed it down to Gibson, Taylor, Breedlove, and Martin. I had a budget at the time - I did not want to go over $900 for this guitar. After comparison of the ease of play, the tone, the quality of how it was made, the appearance, Martin won hands down - where other guitars had laminate included, I found a Martin DRS2 which was built of only solid woods and in the price range I had set for myself. I was in heaven after retirement, and I know my playing improved from the first note on. Then it hit me - if this Martin was such a quantum leap above the cheaper guitars I had been playing, were the more expensive Martins that much better to cost that much more? I went hunting again, and found the GPCPA4 - in my opinion, all Martin guitars sound good; all Martins are easy to play, with great action and tone; however, this one just fit my hands like it was custom made for them. I had recently had knuckle replacement surgery in my left hand and thought I would never be able to play bar chords again, but this guitar allows me to bar - the tone of the guitar is fantastic (I have had 2 professional musicians ask to play it after they heard it, and one of them said he was going to probably purchase one within the week, in between gigs) and, after some experimentation with the internal electronics, I am very happy playing it through my amp as well. I cannot see anyone purchasing this guitar being unsatisfied with it for any reason - I am scaring myself by thinking, "If this Martin is such a quantum leap over the cheaper Martin, are the ones which are more expensive than this one that much better than this one?" Maybe...

                   
                  5.0

                  Delivered all that I expexted from a Martin guitar!

                  By Starman

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is a beautiful instrument that has a rich tone which is especially pleasing when amplified through the Fishman pickups!

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this guitar

                    By Mike

                    from Warwick RI

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                      Great Guitar!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing guitar

                      By New Martin Believer

                      from Memphis

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful
                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                        After playing for years, I was in search of a big name guitar. I went to GuitarCenter with a mission to find what i like best. After playing the Breedloves, Taylors, Martins and Gibsons, I felt that this Martin was the best of all. The tone is amazing and it plays great. I was sure I would walk out with the Taylor from my previous experiences with them, but something kept gravitating me to the Martin. The tone is rich and it plays nice. Great neck. Feels like my Fender Strat. You will not be disappointed in this guitar.

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great in all areas

                        By Yellowhair

                        from Fort Meade, FL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Church

                          Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Rosewood Grand Performance Acoustic Guitar:

                          This is the second one use one for Church other for events outdoors. Note not needed just wanted to have two for that purpose.

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