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Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar is crafted from a solid Sapele top paired with Macassar patterned high-pressure laminate back and sides, a birch laminate high ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar is crafted from a solid Sapele top paired with Macassar patterned high-pressure laminate back and sides, a birch laminate high performance neck and Fishman Sonitone electronics. A great guitar for studio or stage. Case sold separately.

The Martin guitar's laminate birch neck is a multilayered wood creation, bonding layers of birch under extremely high pressure. The material is then carved and finished in a conventional manner. The end result is a very strong neck that provides definition and articulate sustain from note to note.

The neck is fashioned with a Performing Artist neck shape and taper, 25.4 in. scale, 1-3/4 in. nut width, and 16" radius provide comfort and dexterity when performing intricate movements and progressions along the black Richlite fretboard.

This X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar comes compete with the Fishman Sonitone. The Fishman Sonitone features a soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone. The controls are mounted conveniently under the soundhole. All you have to do is plug in and play. You’ll have a great acoustic guitar sound, right out of the box.

This guitar has the look and sound of a highly collectible Martin guitar, but goes for a price that anyone can afford. Embrace the dream of owning your very own Martin guitar, at a price that is too good to pass up.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body type: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Single cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Sapele
  • Back & sides: Macassar HPL
  • Bracing pattern: X
  • Body finish: Hand-rubbed
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Performing artist
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Neck wood: Birch laminate
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Hand-rubbed
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman Sonitone
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 1-band
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Macassar HPL
  • Tuning machines: Chrome
  • Bridge: Richlite
  • Saddle & nut: Corian
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body style
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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MartinX Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Fun to play (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Could very well be your perfect guitar!

I don't usually write detailed reviews, but I will make an exception for this guitar...so please read the whole review if you are really interested in this guitar. Bought one of these...Read complete review

I don't usually write detailed reviews, but I will make an exception for this guitar...so please read the whole review if you are really interested in this guitar. Bought one of these after playing everything in the big guitar store. Aesthetically, the guitar is beautiful. The body is small and easy to hold and play sitting, standing, or reclining in a hammock. Don't let the small size fool you, it still has that deep Martin sound, along with a clear presence in the mid and high ranges, all with a "punch" that is "tighter" than pretty much anything I've ever played. It is somewhat quieter than most, which lends perfectly to someone who likes to play and sing unplugged, but hammer on the strings and this baby will really ring out, with no vibration or distortion, and plugged in, it keeps it's true acoustic tone...the Fishman electronics are great, and true to the guitar's sound. I've read reviews that complain about the plastic look of the sides and back...well it pretty much is plastic, but I think that's a good thing. The back and sides are made of high pressure laminate. Synthetic materials combined with a resin that forms a plastic like structure that is almost bulletproof. This material is rugged, less apt to warp than solid wood, makes for great resonance with the solid mahogany top, and will probably last forever, making this a great guitar for the road. In summary, this guitar looks great, plays great, sounds great...what more could you want?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too Much Plastic and Too Quiet

What I like:
The guitar was in tune and stayed in tune right out of the box. (When does that ever happen?)
There is no fret buzz and the action...Read complete review

What I like:
The guitar was in tune and stayed in tune right out of the box. (When does that ever happen?)
There is no fret buzz and the action is nice and low.
When plugged in, the sound level is pretty consistant from the first to the sixth string.

What I don't like:
The face of the guitar does not resonate. When I strum it, unplugged, it sounds dead.
Every single person who sees the guitar says something like "I didn't know Martin made PLASTIC guitars." Why do they say this? The back and sides look and feel like a plastic toy guitar. this bothers me a lot.
When I finger pick, it is so quiet... the guitar feels dead.
When I strum, there is very little sustain. It dies fast.
When I pick a solo, I can't let a note ring for very long before the level tapers off to nothing.

The only good use I can see for this guitar is if you are looking for a Martin Neck you can play plugged in. It sounds really nice plugged in. The Sonitone pickups are better than I expected. I can just imagine how it would sound on a better Martin!

Don't buy it for acoustic jams.
Don't buy it for looks. The picture displayed here is not true to what you get. It doesn't look like wood at all.

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(10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Too Much Plastic and Too Quiet

By PE MUSIC

from ROCKLAND, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Sounds good Plugged in
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • No Sustain
  • Really Plastic look and feel to back and side
  • Resonates very little
  • Very Quiet response.

Best Uses

  • Plugging in
  • Practicing

Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What I like:
The guitar was in tune and stayed in tune right out of the box. (When does that ever happen?)
There is no fret buzz and the action is nice and low.
When plugged in, the sound level is pretty consistant from the first to the sixth string.

What I don't like:
The face of the guitar does not resonate. When I strum it, unplugged, it sounds dead.
Every single person who sees the guitar says something like "I didn't know Martin made PLASTIC guitars." Why do they say this? The back and sides look and feel like a plastic toy guitar. this bothers me a lot.
When I finger pick, it is so quiet... the guitar feels dead.
When I strum, there is very little sustain. It dies fast.
When I pick a solo, I can't let a note ring for very long before the level tapers off to nothing.

The only good use I can see for this guitar is if you are looking for a Martin Neck you can play plugged in. It sounds really nice plugged in. The Sonitone pickups are better than I expected. I can just imagine how it would sound on a better Martin!

Don't buy it for acoustic jams.
Don't buy it for looks. The picture displayed here is not true to what you get. It doesn't look like wood at all.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great entry level Martin. Good for travel.

By Mark

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Liked this guitar the first time I saw it. In addition to being a musician, I am an artist so it goes without saying I am visually attuned to the things around me. I saw it in the acoustic room at Guitar Center and was initially taken by it's looks. Then I played it. I was really impressed by the balance and clarity of it. I set it aside for a few minutes. Another customer picked it up and I got to hear it from out in front. I was even more impressed with the sound. I called it "meaty." I imagined how it would sound with new strings on it. Plugged it in to give the Fishman Sonotone pickup a test drive and it didn't disappoint. I made the purchase, changed the strings and am quite pleased with the sound and sustain. Glad I made the jump and got this one.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Could very well be your perfect guitar!

    By Paul T

    from Jacksonville, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Comfortable to Hold
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Light, Durable, Travels Easily
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Synthetic Back and Sides Resist Warping

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I don't usually write detailed reviews, but I will make an exception for this guitar...so please read the whole review if you are really interested in this guitar. Bought one of these after playing everything in the big guitar store. Aesthetically, the guitar is beautiful. The body is small and easy to hold and play sitting, standing, or reclining in a hammock. Don't let the small size fool you, it still has that deep Martin sound, along with a clear presence in the mid and high ranges, all with a "punch" that is "tighter" than pretty much anything I've ever played. It is somewhat quieter than most, which lends perfectly to someone who likes to play and sing unplugged, but hammer on the strings and this baby will really ring out, with no vibration or distortion, and plugged in, it keeps it's true acoustic tone...the Fishman electronics are great, and true to the guitar's sound. I've read reviews that complain about the plastic look of the sides and back...well it pretty much is plastic, but I think that's a good thing. The back and sides are made of high pressure laminate. Synthetic materials combined with a resin that forms a plastic like structure that is almost bulletproof. This material is rugged, less apt to warp than solid wood, makes for great resonance with the solid mahogany top, and will probably last forever, making this a great guitar for the road. In summary, this guitar looks great, plays great, sounds great...what more could you want?

      (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I will never by another x series

      By Mac

      from Al

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Not Consistent
      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is not worth the money you pay for it will fall apart on you from the cheap glue and wood they use on the tops save your money and either get a D-15 or something higher if your dead set on a martin it's sad to say but I have play alot better epiphone than this this guitar doesn't put off alot of sound either

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not buy

      By Claire

      from Chicago, Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Absolutely do not buy this guitar. I got it in the summer and had it for maybe 8 months until I had to get my money back. I brought it in once because of a pingy sound and the tech at guitar center said to put sponges in it, so I did - 3 of them - and a guitar humidifier. I kept them in all winter and the guitar only got worse. The pingy sound didn't go away and the back of the guitar began to detach from the sides. When I brought it in again they told me 1) they didn't have the tools to fix it, 2) it would cost hundreds to fix (luckily I had gotten the warranty), 3) this would continue to happen after each time I got it fixed. They also told me that this was a common problem people had with their Martin guitars because they aren't manufactured very well, but they didn't tell me that when I bought the guitar. I was able to get my money back for the guitar because of the warranty, but I'm still out almost $200 because of the warranty and repairs I had to make for the guitar. I wish someone would have told me this happens a lot because it would have saved me so much time and money. Do NOT buy this guitar!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'd buy this guitar again any day!

        By Cockdiesel

        from Oatmeal tx

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Great little guitar, the sound is fantastic, the cosmetics are superb can't beat it for the price

           
          5.0

          I really dig this guitar.

          By The Abster

          from San Mateo, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is beautiful and really fun to play. I bought mine at the store, and it required no adjustments. Great construction and the Sapele top and HPL sides and back make a rich sound to me and my friends. New strings and it sounds great. Perfect low action. Great mids like all Martins. Excellent tone balance. Good resonance. And it sounds good plugged in. I dig this guitar!

             
            4.0

            Love the Guitar

            By Justin

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This was my first ever guitar. For one, I can say this is a great guitar for beginners who are very determined to get good fast, as I did. I wanted a solid guitar for a starter but one that I could hold onto after once I got more experienced. I would definitely recommend this guitar, I fell in love with the sound, quality, and look.

             
            4.0

            I would buy again, Martin made a guitar in the right price .

            By Bill

            from phx az.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Got the last one in the phx store , waited for it to be tuned up and ajusted. It was not like I had not check other ones out. I wanted a guitar that was not a big dreadnought that I could play in a recliner. Love the tone, the looks, price, I play alot of bluegrass gospel, classic rock and country .And im woking on finger style, for some one with big hands this guitar is a deam.

               
              5.0

              Best Martin I ever seen.

              By Josh

              from New Hampshire

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Looks
              • Low Action
              • Quality Material
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Stock Strings Have Poor Sustain and Volume

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • School Bands
              • Writing Songs

              Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              My friend recently bought this guitar, and it is amazing for the price. I have played it several times, and I can say easily that is one of the best Martins I have ever played. It has great sound, great feel, great playablity and it is constructed very well. It has only been tuned about 4 times and they have been VERY fine adjustments, considering that it has had to survive some very hot and very cold weather. Overall, an extremely impressive guitar.

               
              4.0

              Beautiful Instrument, Beautiful Sound

              By Emily

              from Saint Louis, MO

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Martin X Series GPCX2AE Macassar Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I fell in love with this guitar the moment I picked it up at Guitar Center. It has a rich sound and feels great while playing it. The only drawback is that the wood bends easily due to dehydration and the lack of a seal finish on the wood. If you live in a dry area or store it in a dry space, make sure to have some chemical hydration packs! Otherwise, the strings will fall onto the frets and it will create a tinny and flat sound until the wood expands again. Finding a case was also difficult (but do-able!) because of the unique shape/measurements of the instrument. Other than these issues, it's an absolutely wonderful guitar!

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