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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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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
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)

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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!

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    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!

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      (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.

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        (0 of 2 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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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pure Pleasure

          By Bernard

          from Allen Park, Michigan

          Site Member

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

          A couple weeks ago, I played every guitar in the store, in this price range and much higher. I settled on this guitar for it's playability, and tone. I was expecting to spend much more but I kept coming back to this one. It's feel on the neck is amazing, you can't put the thing down and the overall sound this guitar makes is perfect, and I mean perfect. I don't use the on-board P/U much but it does sound like it should, I guess through my Orange Tiny Terror, with some tweaking, I need something more for acoustics. The tuner is pretty good when I compared it next to my Peterson Strobe, not perfect but close enough for the girls I know.. And the Craftsmanship is second to none, These Martin Guys & Gals make beautiful instruments, the workmanship is flawless. Get the Rosewood over the standard and you will be very happy with the deep bottom end tone. Much better tone than the Taylor counterpart IMHO..

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          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Only a Martin

          By pepper

          from Austin Texas

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

          Some People may think I'm ( and some of My Friends that Play Martins ) a Martin snob .... LoL OK ... Maybe I am but I've been a Guitarist for 51 years now and own a few ( My Wife says too many ) Guitars. I've played them all I believe and Martins are by far the very best. I just last Feb. bought a New Martin GPCPA-4 Rosewood and I LOVE IT !!!! The neck feels like My David Gilmour Strat, the tone is surely Martin and the Electronics are great. Like a real Musician, I'm not made of Money and this Guitar Plays and sounds like it should cost 3 X's the price. Maybe I shouldn't say that but If You are truly serious about Your Music as I am, My Friends .... This Guitar is for YOU ... Hands down the best working Mans Guitar. I'm a Studio/Session Guitarist and I'm very happy to have this Axe in My arsonal..... ~Pepper Roberts~

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          (30 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FIVE STARS PLUS

          By walt young

          from California

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

          Note: My GPC is a GPC PA4R but with an OM shape body. I have not shopped for a nice acoustic in a few years. I was looking for something in a lesser price range actually. While shopping at a GC store I went through several nice acoustics and finally came to the Martin section. There were about three selections of this model. Each were about $100 apart. When I got to this Rosewood model that was it. Richlite fretboard? What is that? I looked up Richite on line and found that Richlite is a strong, durable, scratch resistant, unbreakable, and dense material. They make kitchen counter tops out of it amongst other things. I was skeptical about it but after looking it up I have no problem with it. It looks a lot like ebony. Out of the box I found the setup perfect. I did not need to lower the saddle or nothing. This Fishman electronics has two simple knobs and a round tuner window. I don?t care for the big EQs wacked into the side of a nice guitar. This has the bare bones look.. The tone is bright and full. Good balance between the strings playing chords and lead runs sound really sharp and clean. Maybe the hard Richlite fretboard adds to that. I like a mellow jazzy sound with the treble cut back and this does that well. This is a hot pickup it has lots of volume. You should get a pretty nice sound through just about any PA system you are confronted with on the open mic tours. I had to look around to find what the phase selection on the tone button did. Apparently if you are getting feedback you push the tone button and it adjusts the tone till the feedback is resolved. When you press the volume button you get a tuner in the round window. The tuners are good and hold tune. The big buttons are a nice touch. I like the satin finished back and sides and the polished gloss top. The spruce top on mine is a nice piece of spruce. The neck has 1 3/4 inch nut and is slightly different than the modified C shape necks you?ll find on the standard Martins. It is quite comfortable to play. I needed to adjust the truss rod a bit. It takes a long 5mm hex wrench for that. The guitar does not come with one. When you register your guitar ask Martin where to get one. (Hint) The quality of the finishing, fret detail, body joints and everything on this guitar is superb. For example the fret board joint to the neck is non distinguishable. It looks like one piece even thou its different colors. Martin is one American company that still puts out a quality made guitar even though it hast to adjust a few things to keep in the market. I have never seen a Martin instrument without attention to detail. I replaced the factory bridge pins with Tusq pins they fit perfectly. The only other thing I might later add is a bone nut. But for now it's fine. This is the first I have been excited with an acoustic guitar since I bought my first D28 that has been gone for several years. Plugged in this guitar is stunning. I play a lot of country, swing, and light jazz. This guitar nails all of it. If you are a solo performer you will love this guitar to no end.

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          (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar with the perfect sound for me.

          By Matthew Machusick

          from WC, PA

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

          I decided it was time to replace my acoustic guitar that I've had for 20 yrs. It just isn't cutting it anymore. I started out with a budget much lower than the GPCPA4. I went out and played as many guitars as I could find from a range of prices. At first it was overwhelming trying to compare and contrast all the options...but slowly I narrowed in on the shape, style, size, and woods that I liked. The first model i liked was a Taylor 210CE. Then it was a Martin GPCPA5. But i wasn't sure. Until a salesmen put the GPCPA4-Rosewood in my hand. After the first note, I knew it was the guitar for me. The tone, feel, sound, style and look were just what I wanted. The only problem was the price tag...way over my budget. So I continued the search, but couldn't duplicate the sound. So I hemmed and hawed, sold a bunch of stuff on Ebay and craigslist and clicked buy. So far (~1 month) I'm convinced its worth every penny. The quality, sound, feel and tone are great. Plus its made in my home state (which means a lot to me). Features: the electronics sound good, close to the acoustic sound, not perfect but good enough for me. It comes with an awesome case. I like the placement of the battery, the strap buttons, and controls. Quality & Reliability: Seems good so far. Look & Feel: To me it looks great. The spruce top is bright and smooth. The rosewood is deep and rich. The finish is light and not overly glossy. Overall its a classic look, not fancy or flashy, just solid and smooth. Overall, it is the sound/tone that sold me. The rosewood sounds full, rich and smooth. I play bass guitar also and I wanted a full bass sound for my guitar. The rosewood really helps with the bass (as does the size/shape of the guitar). But it doesn't stop there. The mids and treble sound clear and precise. They don't get drowned out. More than anything the guitar doesn't sound tinny or metallic...I hate that metallic sound of some guitars. this one does't sound metallic its full and rich. Loving it.

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          (18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Upgrade your guitar and upgrade your playing

          By CLAY MARTIN

          from Louisville, KY

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

          I have been looking to upgrade my acoustic for almost a year. I am left handed, so I didn't have the opportunity to play a lot of different models. Fortunately, I am an identical twin, and my right handed twin brother test drove some stuff for me at the Guitar Center. I was looking at a Taylor 114ce, which Guitar Center had left handed and it played nice, and it came with a gig bag. The Martin was priced $400 higher than the Taylor, but it had the onboard tuner and it came in a hard case. When I asked the sales guy what the true difference was he pointed at the Taylor and said, "Laminate", then at the Martin and said, "Solid Wood." SOLD!!! The guitar is beautiful and the tone is simply incredible. It even smells good. You will be a better player instantly just because you will "sound" better. Spend the extra money and get the guitar you will never have to trade up from. I am really glad I did. You won't regret spending a little more to get something you can play proudly for the rest of your life. Also, for all my lefty friends, Martin is a left friendly company. Every model that I have looked at can come lefty, and I have not gotten that feeling from any other manufacturer.

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