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The Martin GPCPA4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a grand performance style body constructed with solid tonewoods. The back and sides are matched from African sapele, similar in appearance and tone to ma... Read More

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The Martin GPCPA4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a grand performance style body constructed with solid tonewoods. The back and sides are matched from African sapele, similar in appearance and tone to mahogany. Bookmatched Sitka spruce soundboards utilize Martin's Hybrid "A-Frame" scalloped bracing.

The GPCPA4 features a slim, more parallel taper at the 12th fret, allowing for a more comfortable playing width up the neck. The bridge spacing is also modified to 2 3/16" - splitting the difference between Martin's two traditional spacings.

Along with the look, feel, and enhanced performance of Martin's existing Performing Artist Series models, the GPCPA4 has the new, simplified Fishman F1 Analog electronics system. Includes case.

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  • Body size: GP-14 fret cutaway
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: two ring
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: black boltaron
  • Neck shape: performing artist profile
  • Headstock: solid/square taper
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • Fingerboard position inlays: offset dots - white abs
  • Bridge material: black richlite
  • Bridge style: performing artist belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ large buttons
  • Pickguard: tortoise color
  • Case: 375pa hardshell -brown
  • Interior label: none
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MartinPerforming Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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Hard to beat..

I bought this guitar to play out with at open mics and acoustic gigs...First off it really feels like a Taylor when you pick it up..and thats a good thing, I...Read complete review

I bought this guitar to play out with at open mics and acoustic gigs...First off it really feels like a Taylor when you pick it up..and thats a good thing, I love Taylor playability but their guitars in this body style are just too bright for me...I own a Taylor DN3 which is well balanced..The electronics are super simple ( aura analog vs F1)..its really plug and play. The guitar turns into a Martin the minute you strum your first chord..nice and warm. GREAT tone. So Taylor playability and Martin tone = perfect guitar..Fit and finish is top notch and for the price I challenge you to find a better deal..Taylor's version is several hundred dollars more..The only way you dont like it is your a Taylor drone or an obsessed Martin traditionalist who cant live with a Martin guitar that looks like a Taylor..lol p.s. the new PA series neck is so amazing I might just save up for the 28 with the new neck..

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Try before you buy...

I looked at this guitar for quite a while before purchasing it, but I probably did not do enough due diligence in playing it plugged in and comparing it to some other models before...Read complete review

I looked at this guitar for quite a while before purchasing it, but I probably did not do enough due diligence in playing it plugged in and comparing it to some other models before I bought it. Unplugged the guitar has an ok tone, it seemed to open up the more time you spend playing, but it didn't quite have the full tone I was expecting from a Martin. It sounded better with light strumming or fingerstyle playing, but the bass sounded pretty weak during moderate to heavy strumming. I wasn't a fan of the F1 analog system as it doesn't allow a separate bass or midrange adjustment. It gives you a preset range to adjust how much scoop is applied, but you really can't fine tune it as much as with the F1 aura system. I found the analog system to sound very "spanky" on the higher strings when strumming, even with the settings adjusted for an increased bass response. Overall, I was not impressed with the plugged in tone, which is a must for an acoustic-electric. You shouldn't need to buy an EQ pedal to get the sound that you want from a new acoustic-electric. I would recommend taking look at a PA3 series model or higher. Ultimately, I settled on a Taylor 416ce. It has a great low end tone, excellent adjustable electronics, and a very smooth action. I have always been a fan of Martin guitars and I tried to like the GPCPA4, but from the one that I briefly owned I found that it didn't stand up to what I was looking for in a new acoustic-electric.

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4.0

Normal having bearclaw marks on guitar?

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from Howell, Michigan

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Bear Claw Markings

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar sounds amazing and I absolutely love the feel of this guitar. The neck face is a little wider than my other acoustic guitars, making it a little more easier to play for me. I can't get over how nice this guitar is.

Now for something that bothers me a little.

When I first got the guitar shipped, the black case (not brown) was damaged and I had to drive to guitarcenter and return it. Also the guitar had what looks like one dent, filled in from the gloss and finish. So I took that back and got another one ordered and shipped to the house.

The 2nd guitar case was perfect, and when I inspected the guitar, it had 4 what appeared like "dents" in the wood. After doing some research, I heard from several guitar boards that this is normal, especially in higher Martin guitars? I would like to get one without this, and it would have been nice if they stated this in the ad, but I'm not going to keep driving an hour and a half away to return the guitar to guitarcenter and then wait 3 days for my replacement to arrive. Maybe it will grow on me later on, but we'll see.

This is a warning for those who don't like "bearclaw" markings on a guitar.

However, besides that, this guitar is by far the best I've ever played. I would recommend this guitar to others.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect for me!

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from Va

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I was looking for something slightly smaller than my hubby's D28V, I just couldn't get used to the wide Vneck and the dreadnaught body so huge compared to my mandolin that I am use to. But I am spoiled on the beautiful sound of his D28v and I wanted a great Martin sound also. It isn't as deep as the D28v but the sound is clear and the harmonics are beautiful,the neck is slim and I can handle this nicely. I really love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Try before you buy...

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from PA

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I looked at this guitar for quite a while before purchasing it, but I probably did not do enough due diligence in playing it plugged in and comparing it to some other models before I bought it. Unplugged the guitar has an ok tone, it seemed to open up the more time you spend playing, but it didn't quite have the full tone I was expecting from a Martin. It sounded better with light strumming or fingerstyle playing, but the bass sounded pretty weak during moderate to heavy strumming. I wasn't a fan of the F1 analog system as it doesn't allow a separate bass or midrange adjustment. It gives you a preset range to adjust how much scoop is applied, but you really can't fine tune it as much as with the F1 aura system. I found the analog system to sound very "spanky" on the higher strings when strumming, even with the settings adjusted for an increased bass response. Overall, I was not impressed with the plugged in tone, which is a must for an acoustic-electric. You shouldn't need to buy an EQ pedal to get the sound that you want from a new acoustic-electric. I would recommend taking look at a PA3 series model or higher. Ultimately, I settled on a Taylor 416ce. It has a great low end tone, excellent adjustable electronics, and a very smooth action. I have always been a fan of Martin guitars and I tried to like the GPCPA4, but from the one that I briefly owned I found that it didn't stand up to what I was looking for in a new acoustic-electric.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredibly happy with this USA made beast!

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from San Luis Obispo, CA

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have always been a fan of Martin but have never really played too many. I ordered this guitar offline and had it shipped purely off of reading reviews. I can now confirm that all the reviews that say this are correct. I know its a dumb thing to do, but i didn't even get a chance to play it before i ordered it since the closest store that carried it was 4 hours away. Opening the box the first thing i noticed was that the case was black, not brown like guitar centers site describes. I was actually pretty happy about this since i prefer the black. The case is decent quality, plus it also has a sexy green liner. Pulling the guitar out was like 100 Christmas mornings all in one. Trust me, the difference between a US made martin definitely shows. The action is incredible straight out of the box. I tuned her up and a few chords later i felt like i was laying in a field with the warm honey from a million bees pouring down upon my unclothed body. The sound is perfect. Incredibly balance between the warm, full bass and the clean crisp treble. I LOVE this guitar. I've converted to a Martin lover. I can't say much about the electronics because i don't currently have an acoustic amp, but they are very discreet in the body which i love since there isn't a large cut out in the side of the guitar.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the price

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from Lansford , PA

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar was my first Martin...sad to say I only live a half an hour from the Martin Factory and I just bought one now...With that said...The sound of the GPCPA4 more than rivals the sound of my Uncles D28. Like all Martins, the action is smooth and very light weight. I manage a quality department in another field and i would know how impoertant how reviews are...This axe is a gem! I've owned several different EAs through out the years, including several USA made Guilds, a Gibson Songwriter and a Taylor Ce 314...This guitar's sound if unbeleiveable both unplugged and plugged in...A Great buy!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Update..

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from Bronxville NY

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is only getting better..My only wish is that it actually had the F1 Aura Pickup system. The analog is very simple but a bit quack prone. I tried to figure a way to upgrade because Im never getting rid of the guitar, but I never cam across a resonable way..So I bought the fishman spectrum pedal.. Wow what a difference.. The spectrum takes some time to dial in but its magic once you do..

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite guitar

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from Seattle, WA

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought a Martin GPCPA4 last December 2011 and it is my absolute favorite guitar! It is so cute and has perfect sound! I love my Martin. Best guitar ever!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect Martin

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from Arvada, Colorado

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar has a wonderfully bright,rich tone and sounds just as good when amplified. However, I have found the built-in tuner to be slightly inaccurate, and a little difficult to properly use. Other than that, this guitar excels in all categories and will always be one of my favorite acoustic guitars.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

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from Tucson, AZ

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned a Guild F47, a Taylor 310CE Koa wood, and a few otheres. This is my first review on a guitar. Just want to say, I love this guitars full sound. I read alot of reviews and its hard to tell just how a guitar compairs to another. I wont say this is better then the others (for you), just that I like the tone and depth of this one more, for me. Its easy to play, sounds deep and beautiful, and simple yet beautiful looking. Try it out. I think it beats the other two I listed. The guild was a looker but didn't come close to this and its 2800, the Taylor was to bright (If thats the right word, because bright is a good thing) and this one like the small bear in Goldielocks was just right.

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(3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just a tad disappointed

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from Austin TX

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The guitar is good and i love it. The only disappointing part is that the hard case that comes with it wasn't exactly the right color. The specifications i pulled out from a few websites suggest that its a Brown case but what i got from the box was black.

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