The Martin Performing Artist GPCPA1 acoustic guitar was built to blend Martin's legendary acoustic tone and appointments with player-friendly features for outstanding playability and tonal performance... Read More
The Martin Performing Artist GPCPA1 acoustic guitar was built to blend Martin's legendary acoustic tone and appointments with player-friendly features for outstanding playability and tonal performance. This wonderful Martin acoustic guitar features a solid Sitka spruce top, 2-ring rosette, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, solid ovangkol binding, 25.4" scale length, 1-3/4" width at nut, solid black ebony bridge, and gold tuning machines enclosed with large buttons.
Articulate, yet powerful, the integrated Fishman Aura electronics system delivers stunning realism and projection in an easy-to-use onboard preamp system. With only 2 low profile knobs and a single LED display, the F1 Aura system offers advanced features in a minimalist design, unobtrusively top-mounted. It includes a digital chromatic tuner, volume and blend controls, independent 3-band EQ for both pickup and image signals, compressor, phase control and an automatic antifeedback filter with up to 3 notches. The genius of the F1 Aura is its ability to replicate the sound of 9 different world-class studio microphones. Fishman engineers have captured the distinctive audio "image" that these high-quality microphones "hear."
The F1 System is paired with the legendary Martin Gold Plus undersaddle pickup, known for its natural response. The Gold Plus is sensitive along its entire length, eliminating string spacing problems. The Delmar tortoise pickguard tops off its gorgeous embellishments.
Reviewed by 12 customers
First, let me confess that I don't have the GPCPA1, but a GPCPA3 (rosewood), which is the same guitar, minus "gold" tuners, wood binding, additional inlay, and gloss sides and back. The PA3 is not currently available, for unknown reasons, but it has the same solid tonewoods and Fishman Aura, and I played 3 different GPCPA1s, and they are essentially identical. These are fantastic guitars - maybe the best thing Martin is making right now, if you are looking at acoustic/electric style, especially in this size that competes fairly head on with Taylor x14CE series. I played them all, and the GPC has the bass that is absent in the OMC series, but still has the sparkle that makes it stand out. Against the Taylors, acoustic qualities are different, and subjective, but it's the electronics that made Martin a clear choice for me. I play this in church and the response has been surprising. The sound is terrific, just going direct, using image #9, and balancing closer to 50/50 for now. Congregational reaction has been vocal, to say the least - honestly something you don't expect them to notice. And the rest of the team continue to remark on the quality of sound. At home, just playing acoustic, I cannot put it back in its case. Recording, mixing the electric output with close micing produces a beautiful, complex sound that needs no additional double-tracking or even a 2nd mic. I was very happy with the sales folks at the different Guitar Centers I visited, and got a good price along with the 12 months no-interest plan. Thanks GC!
Bought a GPCPA1 for my wife as a surprise for Christmas after she fell in love with it at Guitar Center. We took it to a gig a couple days after, not knowing how to work the (very involved) pick up system. Turned out we didn't need much know how- just plugged it in and turned up the volume and it sounded better than anything I've heard- right out of the box. This guitar absolutely sings. I give it a 10/10 for the way it sounds, feels, and looks. It was designed to be a stage guitar and I highly recommend it for that, but I'd also recommend it for someone who doesn't plug in. It's acoustic tone is shimmering, complex, and wonderfully musical. I know this guitar is expensive, but if you can swing it this guitar will make you (or your wife) very happy!
I have been a closet Martin fan, having played only Gibson acoustics thus far. I was in the market for an acoustic electric cutaway and considered this guitar and the Taylor 814 and 816ce as well as Gibson's songwriter ec. The GPCPA1 is hands down the most versatile. Unplugged it sounds great. Plugged in, this guitar blows away all others I compared. The wood, finish and overall craftsmanship are superb. The tone is bright and warm. This guitar cuts through well. The F1 takes some time to get to know, but DVD and on-line instructions are useful. I own a Gibson J45 and a songwriter deluxe, but I am not sure they will get much playing time anymore.
I am the worship director at my church and I had been looking for a good guitar for Sunday mornings. I've always been a martin man so of course that's where I started. It's hard to find a good pickup system to get the true acoustic sound and this guitar nails it perfect. When I picked up this guitar I played for about 2 hours in the acoustic room at my local GC. From then on I knew I had to have it. about 3 weeks later I went in and picked up this beauty and haven't looked back since. This guitar added a whole other dimension to Sunday morning worship. I am able to lead the band with this guitar as it cuts right through all the instruments and makes itself known. The band is very delighted to be able to hear the guitar well so they can follow the direction of the song. Takes a little playing with the pickup to get dialed in but once you hit that sweet spot its awesome.
Words can hardly do justice for this beautiful work of art. Not only does it look as though it was crafted by master hands, but it plays that way as well. In order to get a true feel for this guitar you have to pick it up yourself. The playability is second-to-none and the tone is quite simply awe inspiring. The mids and highs are very bright on the GPCPA1 model but it does not sacrifice that classic Martin low end you find in their dreadnoughts. The F1 Aura system takes about 15 minutes to learn (the guitar comes with an instructional DVD) and gives you almost limitless sound possibilities with its 9 world-class microphones. If you're serious about buying this guitar I would highly recommend using Guitar Center's "Platinum" feature, which allows you to view individual guitars by serial number. I hand selected my GPCPA1 (via the Platinum feature) from a Guitar Center across the country and they shipped it to me from their store and I had it in my hands in less than a week. This guitar is without a doubt the best acoustic I have ever played. It is well worth every single penny, and is destined to be one of Martin's finest classics.
If you are in a full band (not a duo or trio), this guitar is the one for you! I played my D41 with Fishman pick up and aura pedal with the band, and it was ok. At the time, I thought it was great. But over time, I began to realize that the Dreadnought style of guitar was a little to strong on bass and mids, so it tended to muddy up the overall sound of the band (I've heard James Taylor say this also), I went looking for an alternative and found this dream guitar for live play. It is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and the neck is fabulous! Narrow and flat all the way up, plays so smooth. The electronics in this guitar are easy to master and sound as much like a natural acoustic guitar when plugged in as I've ever heard (again, when in a full, live band situation). The options on tone and eq are limitless and it cut's through the overall band sound and rides in the upper band width of sound. I LOVE THIS GUITAR!
I've had this guitar now for about 6 weeks, and I like it more and more each time I play it. I play in a cover band that goes out with a large PA, playing for large rooms and outdoor events. I had been using my D41 with a Fishman pick up and Fishman Aura pedal, and it sounded pretty good. But being a Drednaught, it tended to be big and bassy with strong mids. Sometimes it would muddy up the middle range for the band. I purchased the GPCPA1 with the thought that it would produce a higher tonal range and therefore rise above the other guitars and keyboard and add to the overall sound in a positive way. AND IT DOES! This guitar is built for live performance and whether I play it in the band or in solo gig's doing folky music, it rocks. It is a beautiful insturment, with very nice action (after getting it set up properly) and the sounds it can create are exceptional. It didn't take long to get a handle on the controls and now that I have a decent grasp of them, I continue to improve my sound every time I play it. This is an incredible guitar. When played through a PA, it sounds like a high quality acoustic guitar with a mic on it, not an amplified acoustic/electric and so many of these types of guitars do. Great job Martin!
Yes... the guitar plays sweet! The sound is full range with more volume than the size would suggest. I could go on, but, the other reviews have pretty much summed it up. Therefore, let me offer you this. Martin has improved upon a design that was squarely in the competitors market. The Talors (i know y) have 3 pieces of wood that make up their necks. Yes, this is fine for structural integrity purposes. However, it is a lot cheaper too!!! So is the bolt on neck!!! They haven't lowered their cost on the guitars. Therefore, cheaper guitars means more revenue!!! Not a better guitar. A law of business, increase profits!!! Most Martin guitars have a solid one piece neck that is glued into the body, via a neck dovetail joint. Obviously, this costs more in the wood and in the fine tuning of the neck joint/gluing. Taylor boasts that their necks are more ridged because they are glued. Hence, the Martin has a better neck joint because it is glued. Gibson guitars? Glued in necks. PRS guitars?? Ge the point? The Martin is a better sounding guitar, as well as well as a better built guitar.
This is one of Martin's best developments in quite some time. Some may think it is a Taylor Wanna be but the opposite is true. The electronics are much more advanced than any of my taylors. The electronics can be tricky to figure out at first, but with a little practice - the possibilities are endless. This guitar is destined to be a classic. The neck taper is like none other - it is definitely the easiest playing acoustic guitar I have ever owned! The sound is perfect acoustically. Plug it in and the sounds are amazing and endless.
This is an excellent guitar. It seems to have a bright sound for a Martin guitar. Very well balanced sound that gets your attention immediately. I absolutely love this guitar. The build quality is excellent and the electronics are second to none. Additionally, the guitar center employees were very accomodating and passionate about guitars. It's always a pleasure to talk to someone else who is equally enthusiatic about acoustic guitars.
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