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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
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent (6)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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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.

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    (2 of 2 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...

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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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            (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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              (10 of 11 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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