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The Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar is the first time that the guitar maker has offered a jumbo body among the Performing Artist Series 4 Rosewood models. S... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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The Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar is the first time that the guitar maker has offered a jumbo body among the Performing Artist Series 4 Rosewood models. Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides adds color and variety to the solid Sitka spruce top. Combined with the strong projection of the jumbo body design, the tone is beautifully balanced with powerful response and volume. The Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 features a 14-fret cutaway with a fast and comfortable Performing Artist profile neck, grained ivoroid binding and Fishman's F1 Analog onboard electronics. Perfect for all performing artists. Made in Nazareth, PA, USA. Includes case.

Features
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hybrid A-Frame
  • X-Scalloped bracing pattern
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Fishman F-1 Analog Aura with tuner
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • Includes hardshell case
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MartinPerforming Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 13 reviews)

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(22 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

picky audiofile's choice

By Sonya Pasley

from Houston, Texas

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The search began for the perfect guitar: spruce top, rosewood sides/back, amazing pickup and bang for the buck. I have been playing guitars and around them used through sound systems in LIVE venues and church settings since 1980. Martin, though making an amazing acoustic guitar, struggled with the dreadnought having a standing wave of the open D string when left unmuted during live situations, would cause HUGE feedback problems for the soundman and caused me to be hesitant to purchase a dreadnought style. So my search began to lean towards Taylor. I have played nearly every model of Martin, Takamine, Taylor and various other brands searching for that "perfect" guitar. I stayed away from the Martin dreadnought for the D string issue so Taylor began to get my full attention... until I plugged it into a QSC K12 directly without any extra sound tweeks. The ES electronics sounded like a glorified electric guitar with a hint of acoustic, no matter how I tweeked the bass and treble on the Taylor. That killed it. I thought well, I am not finding anything that "floats my boat." So, I drove up to the Dallas, Tx area to hear a dear friend play LIVE at a high end restaurant with two other guys. It was amazing acoustic/electric music covers of the Eagles, Jim Croche, James Taylor and everything in between. Last 30 minutes in comes a man with a brand new jumbo Martin and comes up to sing and play. Well, from that moment on, every seasoned player on the stage (all with over 30 yrs. experience) had to play it and wouldn't put it down. More players drifted up and everyone was so inspired to play and sing with THAT guitar. It was just a matter of getting back to Houston and finding one at Guitar Center. I did. The sound through the system (Mackie powered mixer running through EAW cube cabinets) was absolutely amazing and no standing waves or feedback of any kind. So, for this gal, there is absolutely no more searching needed. All the fellows playing, (studio quality musicians who either worked on guitars, built guitars or owned many guitars, most over 5K each) said this Martin JCPA4 sounded better than most high end guitars they presently owned or had owned or played or heard or all. I can't say anything more than that. It bore this long of a write up because, being an analytical audiofile, it just had to be said in detail!!! I rest my case and am really excited to play again with such a fine instrument!! Thank you, Martin!!!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exhilarating, a real guitar for real players.

By Will V.

from Hollywood, CA

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Being a collector of limited edition and custom guitars, I was astonished to find such a high end guitar at this price. It has replaced all others to become my workhorse and main performance guitar. Not only do I feel much safer going out with this guitar than the pricey, delicate ones in my reserve, but also for its superior tone over the others. Truly a bargain. Very woody tone, which gives way to a very airy and natural sound. When played, the guitar is well-balanced in the sonic spectrum, though I missed some of the boom that I was used to when playing dreadnoughts. This guitar sits well in singer/songwriter situations, and solos really cut the air while bandmates play. When plugged in, I had to play around with EQ as the D string rang and over-dominated the others. Narrowness of neck makes playing easier than my Taylor. Love the ebony fretboard, finish, shape, and sweet smell of rosewood every time I pull it out. Unlike Taylors at this price point, the included hard shell case is a plus. Whenever I showed up with the guitar, I was the envy of all. People somehow formed into lines, as if to line up for a celebrity. Indeed, the guitar brings a celebrity status sound when I played it. Once set up properly by a luthier, fantastic action, notes slide off the ebony, overtones pulsate and ring through the air, inspiration vibrates, and music just flows out without hinderance. Commendations to Martin for an affordable masterpiece.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By cliff

from Washington

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a review on anything. At 70 years old, I've owned and played a lot of different guitars. Every guitar model and every individual guitar has it's own characteristics both good and not so good. This guitar, as soon as I picked it up at GC and began playing it, it just felt like it was built for me. The feel, the sound, an all around great guitar. I usually play without an amp and am really impressed with the balanced, even amplitude across all the strings. I can get a really nice growl at the low end and an overall sweet rosewood sound all over the neck. While I don't play at the top of the neck that much, I appreciate the cutaway now. The electronics sound great as well. I don't see how you can go wrong with this guitar, especially for the price.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality sound packed with value

By Matt McNeil

from Morgantown,WV

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A couple months ago my only guitar, a Seagull Entourage, fell to the ground due to my strap falling off while playing. The top cracked, and even though it was repairable, it didn't sound the same. I also mainly play worship in churches and small coffeehouses, so I needed a solid guitar that I could plug in. While my Seagull was being repaired, I borrowed my friends Taylor 714ce and fell in love with the body style, even though I'm a Martin fan. I looked at the GPCPA4 and didn't like it at all. It didn't project well and didn't have a full tone. I was going to settle for a Taylor 314ce (which I am SO glad I didn't) and then I found this gem. It has the warm, rich Martin tone that I love with the playability of a Taylor. The jumbo cutaway, which is extremely rare for a Martin, projects extremely well and provides raw power. Incredible full, well rounded tone. Sounds awesome plugged in, you just have to play around with the mid scoop and phase control. I literally played every Taylor, Martin, and Gibson in the room and the only guitar that could rival this was a Taylor 816ce, which was over $3,000. Not worth it. Couldn't be happier and haven't been able to put it down since I got it.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Good

By Jason

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been shopping for an acoustic for several weeks. My budget was $3,000. I played everything that my closest three Guitar Center's had in their acoustic rooms. This guitar was clearly the best for the buck. At the last Guitar Center I went to I compared it to the Taylor 414ce, 416ce, and 816ce. I compared it to the Gibson Songwriter and Hummingbird Pro. I compared it to the Martin GPCPA1 Plus. I think the Taylor electronics sounded better, but acoustically none of the Taylor's compared to anything in the martin performing artist series. This guitar also sounded way better than both Gibson Songwriter and Hummingbird Pro both amp'd and acoustically. My ear couldn't detect a major difference between this guitar and the $3,000 Martin GPCPA1 Plus acoustically. Maybe there was just a little difference, but nothing dramatic. I certainly couldn't say the GPCPA1 sounded "better". The GPCPA1 did have a lot more of a pretty fit and finish. It also had way fancier electronics, but because the acoustics were so similar I saved myself the the extra $1,500 and went with this guitar .and I'm happy and don't worry Guitar Center, I'm sure I'll find something else in your store to blow the $1,500 I saved on!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Moley

By Marc

from North Carolina

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Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What a guitar. Simply an amazing guitar. Best tone in a Martin for the price. Been playing for 30 yrs. have always wanted a Martin. Looked at Taylors for a while, played a few. Then I played this JCAP4.It won me over by far.Thanks Guitar Center

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By BENJAMIN

from San Diego, California

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Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar about 3 months ago and I just love it! It's what a Martin should sound like...nice bass yet very balanced and with a full sound. Projects very well especially with a pick, fingerstyle playing sounds great too. Plugged in has great sound. It's heavier than my Taylor 324ce but plays very well with the thinner PA neck, in fact I compared it with the D28 and D41 and it held it's ground and was more comfortable to play. I also love the way rosewood smells.. Yes I strongly recommend this guitar which should be worth much more, two thumbs up for GC on this custom guitar.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hidden Gem

By Erich

from Pittsboro, NC

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Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had my JPCPA4 for a few weeks now. My main acoustic is a koa Taylor GSK but I'm not comfortable gigging it. I bought this as mid level guitar that I'm not afraid to carry around but has decent enough sound to play live gigs. Everyone has pointed out what an amazing guitar it is for the money. In fact, it's an amazing guitar period. Hands down the best purchase I've made.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shopping Machine's Review

By David Culiver

from Scottsdale

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Unlike the previous reviewer, my son and I are not experienced guitar players. However, we both have discerning musical ears. This guitar was a gift for my son in lieu of paying for college, (he earned a $300,000+ scholarship and doesn't need my money!). We spent a great deal of time researching this instrument, interviewing serious guitar players and playing many competitive guitars. My previous political career has allowed me personal access to world famous professional guitarists, and they have seconded our decision. My son can barely contain his excitement. Today he played a few classic rock pieces and I almost wept! For less than $1,500, I am convinced that there is no finer instrument than the Martin JCPA4!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin JCPA4 - Awesome Guitar

By mark patterson

from Carrollton, TX

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series Custom JCPA4 Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for two months now and I am very, very impressed. I spent considerable amount of time playing various other guitars before deciding on this purchase. What I found was that I could play guitar A, B, C, and D and, altough I was playing around with some really nice guitars with some at a much higher price point, time after time I found myself compelled to come back to pick up this Martin and play it again. I returned to it so often that after a while it was clear that this guitar was going to be my next one and I love it. It plays easy, feels right in my hands, and sounds fantastic. Awesome guitar.

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