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Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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An exceptional value with a Grand Performance size, solid Sitka spruce top and convenient Fishman F1 Analog electronics.

One of Martin's most affordable Performing Artist models, the GPCPA5 is available in a Grand Performance body size with a solid Sitka spruce top, koa-patterned high pressure laminate back and sides, High Performance Neck and Fishman's F1 Analog electronics. Using advanced construction techniques, Martin is able to produce this fine guitar with a sound that rivals models costing much more.

Fishman's F1 Analog preamp system
The F1 Analog has 2 control knobs and one display. By pressing the volume button down for 2 seconds the tuner is activated. The innovative one-knob tone control lets you choose between a natural, undersaddle sound with no EQ (fully counter-clockwise) on up to a "mid- scooped" tone with emphasized treble & bass and reduced midrange. Pressing the tone knob repearedly cycles through various phase settings that improve bass response while aiming to suppress unwanted feedback.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Incredible value resulting from advanced construction techniques
  • Solid Sitka spruce top for a full, balanced sound
  • Environmentally friendly HPL koa back and sides
  • 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's F1 Analog features
    • Volume Control
    • Tone control with mid-scooped tone
    • Digital chromatic tuner
    • Phase control to improve bass and suppress feedback
    • Case sold separately

    Grab this performer's dream at an amazing price. Order today.

    SPECIFICATIONS
    • Model: GPCPA5K
    • Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
    • Body Size: Grand Performance 14 Fret Cutaway
    • Top: Solid Sapele
    • Rosette: Two Ring
    • Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
    • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
    • Back Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    • Back Purfling: none
    • Side Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    • Endpiece: none
    • Endpiece Inlay: none
    • Binding: none
    • Top Inlay Style: none
    • Side Inlay: none
    • Back Inlay: none
    • Neck Material: Brown Stratabond
    • Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
    • Nut Material: White Corian
    • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
    • Headplate: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    • Heelcap: none
    • 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: Offset Dots - White ABS
    • Fingerboard Binding: none
    • Finish Back & Sides: none
    • Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Finish
    • Finish Neck: none
    • 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 Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
    • Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
    • Pickguard: D
    • Interior Label: Black Foil
    • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
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    MartinPerforming Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.3

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gigging (3)
    • Jamming (3)
    • Practice (3)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    amazing for its price

    I was not expecting this martin to sound so good for being an [$] guitar, but I was pleasantly surprised. Up next to a taylor at the same price, this one blew...Read complete review

    I was not expecting this martin to sound so good for being an [$] guitar, but I was pleasantly surprised. Up next to a taylor at the same price, this one blew the taylor out of the water. No regrets buying this guitar. Would definetly suggest it to anyone looking to buy an acoustic electric guitar.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Craftmanship Less Than Expected

    As an owner of two Taylor acoustic guitars (414 CE & 615 CE Jumbo), I thought I'd try out this Martin from Musicians Friend. . . . The initial delivery arrived...Read complete review

    As an owner of two Taylor acoustic guitars (414 CE & 615 CE Jumbo), I thought I'd try out this Martin from Musicians Friend. . . . The initial delivery arrived and I opened the box only to find the headstock completely broken off the neck. Customer service was easy enough to work with and after returning the guitar they sent another. Upon receipt of the second guitar I noticed the action was too high and wasn't comfortable to play as I worked my way down towards the 12th fret. Took the Martin to my guitar guy to have the action lowered only to learn that at the 15th fret where the neck meets the body of the guitar there was a high spot, resulting in all the strings rattling terribly in that position. The neck had to be reworked in order to create an even playing surface. Not a terribly expensive model, but nonetheless, at this price I expected better quality. I'll probably keep the Martin for a while then sell it or gift it to a family member. Taylor makes a far superior product.

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    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    amazing for its price

    By lespaul/martin

    from Texas

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Full sound
    • Good Looking
    • not expensive
    • Worth every penny

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Virtually all types

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was not expecting this martin to sound so good for being an [$] guitar, but I was pleasantly surprised. Up next to a taylor at the same price, this one blew the taylor out of the water. No regrets buying this guitar. Would definetly suggest it to anyone looking to buy an acoustic electric guitar.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A guitar that stands out,! Outstanding!!

    By spkrwill

    from Nanaimo BC

    Pros

    • Harmonics Finally

    Cons

    • Too soon to tell

    Best Uses

    • Play Til Done

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Harmonics, already mentioned, but so nice, I'll say it twice! What a great voice this charming guitar has! Chords with open notes just hang in the air. I'm extremely happy with this instrument, if you hadn't noticed! Its a great blend of utilitarian and artistic, and no heavy laquer finish to gag its voice! It will be very hard to play another guitar with any enthusiasm!

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Though it would be weird at first...

    By AcoustiCory

    from Rock Hill, SC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Nice Finish
    • SMOOTH NECK
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I was a little skeptical about a guitar with so many non-solid wood parts but this guitar changed my opinion of that. Martin's HPL sounds great. This guitar has a very warm sound, not dull at all nor is it overly bright. The neck (stratabond) is VERY smooth. I would DEFINITELY recommend this guitar for anyone wanting to get into a Martin without breaking the bank.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet Guitar!!!!

        By guitargeek129

        from Indiana

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy battery access
        • Excellent action
        • Good Harmonics
        • Light Weight
        • Souds Great Accoustic
        • Sounds Great
        • Sounds great plugged in

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Every day
          • Gigging
          • Practice

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have used many guitars. This one is easy to play, Light weight and looks good! Cant go wrong with a Martin!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent!!

          By D'Butter Snapps

          from Red Bluff, CA

          Pros

          • Comfortable Play-ability
          • Great sound
          • Maintains Good Looks
          • Quality Tuner

          Cons

          • Small Headstock

          Best Uses

          • Peforming
          • Performances
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar mainly for practicing, I've been playing for 7 years and I have played quite a few guitars, but none of them were as special as this guitar. This guitar is literally magical. I am now able to control squirrels!! I can control them to congregate in my front yard and attack random passersby s. Do not buy this guitar unless you feel like you are comfortable controlling squirrels. My biggest fear with this guitar is that the squirrels are eventually going to control me.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful instrument, Excellent value

          By Marcus

          from Fairbanks, AK

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Nice tuners
          • No defects
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

          • Electronic tuner could be more precise

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Many more good uses, these I have used so far
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          The plugged-in sound is great. This guitar does not feedback very easily, which is really nice. Acoustically it is a little brighter than I expected for a Martin, but I have no trouble getting rich mellow tones when plugged-in.

          The setup was perfect right out of the box, and it has not changed in the extremely dry and cold Alaskan climate where I live.

          The Corian nut is a nice touch for a economical guitar, but I will try to smooth the edges where my hand occasionally makes contact when playing open chords.

          I could go on and on about how much I like this guitar, but suffice it to say: I have a small budget, so I have a small margin of error when making a guitar purchase, and I have found this guitar to be money well-spent.

          The guitar looks beautiful, and sounds beautiful!

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I love it

          By EnExtraordinaryman

          from Dallas, TX

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          Pros

          • Easy Playing
          • Fun to play
          • Good Wood Work
          • Great quality sound
          • Handling Feels Good
          • Neck Feels Amazing
          • Quaility Soun

          Cons

          • D And G Strings Amplified
          • Needs Nut And Bridge Work
          • Pickups Needs Work

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I have been playing for 3 years and becoming a musician. I trying to go to school for it. my actual first purchase for an higher quality flattop. I was happy when I bought this and still am. My only complaint(s)are only the nut and bridge work. each groove is farily wide apart and when I capo, 1 E string comes off the fretboard and rest to the side. That can be done by making your own nut and bridge or buy one that the grooves are closer. The other are the D and G string. When you amplifiy the guiar, you cannot have the beautiful balanca sound. The 6E, 5A, 2B and 1E are too over powering. However, hover the XML 990 or 910, you'll have that sweet, beautiful sound from the martin. overall, I am happy with this art. Recommneded for those who love folk music. Good start out

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Martin service is awful. Do not buy.

            By Chazzster

            from Manasquan NJ

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Broken out of the box

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Big fan of Musicians Friend. Always buy from them. Except this once. Big mistake.
                Bought a performing artist Martin for over (edited) and it arrived almost unplayable. Tried to deal with it, but after a short time, just gave up and sent it back to Martin. It's now 5 months and it's still not fixed. The guitar is of no value as a musical instrument. Martin takes months just to give you an estimate, but doesn't mind charging your credit card months before returning the guitar. Recommend looking at Breedlove. Far better guitar for a fraction of the price.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent playability, beautiful sound

                By Kirsten G

                from San Antonio, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Aesthetics
                • Playability
                • Sound
                • value

                Cons

                • Temporary Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Fingerpicking
                • Light To Medium Strumming

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                This guitar looks and sounds incredible! The fretboard is wide and easy to play. The richlite fingerboard isn't quite as lovely looking as real wood, but has a nice smooth feel to it.

                My only issue was some pretty severe fret buzz when I first received the guitar. Out of the box it was so extreme it was virtually unplayable, and I questioned all the positive reviews out there. The action was so low the strings were practically touching the frets. It lasted for appx 2 weeks before the wood and neck settled in to its new environment (it shipped in January).

                There was one day when I spent an hour or two playing outside on a 70 degree day, went inside and the first two strings were completely dead. However, after another week or so this problem disappeared without having to go for a setup. Now that the guitar has acclimated it sounds perfect, especially when fingerpicking. It doesn't have the same big booming voice of my D35, but of course that's a totally different animal. This one is much easier to play than the D35, and I have noticed an increase in my playing skill (I'm an intermediate-ish player).

                It is comfortable to hold and play, and sounds great through an amp. I'm 5'3" and the body of this guitar fits me much better than a dreadnaught.

                Be aware that this model has the Fishman ANALOG preamp, and the LED only lights up for the tuner. The Fishman instruction booklet isn't very informative, and after viewing videos on youtube of how to use the electronics I thought I had a defective guitar. I realized later that what I was actually seeing on youtube was the Fishman AURA system (available on higher priced models), which does light up to display different settings for tone and volume. This one has the same knobs, but they are just knobs-- the LED will not light up to show you volume level or tone settings. Musician's Friend has excellent customer service, and they helped me with all my questions and concerns. *Martin girl for life!*

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not real happy!

                By guitargeek129

                from Indiana

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                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                After 9 months the top started coming loose from the sides. I've never had a guitar do this and I've been playing for 30 yrs. this guitar was taken care of well and the environments it encountered have not been harsh at all.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Would buy this product again!!

                By Proud Mom of TLC

                from Florence, SC

                Pros

                • Excellent sound
                • Good sound
                • Great action
                • Great playability

                Cons

                • No Case

                Best Uses

                • Gigging
                • Practice

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                We just purchased this sweet guitar after reading all the positive reviews. It was a gift for my son, who has a very successful band that performs around 150 shows a year. He was blown away immediately by the fantastic sound and the easy action. He played it at a gig the night he got it and at 3 other gigs in the week since then. He said he has had nothing but compliments and raves from the other band members and the fans. He has 2 Takamine guitars and a Taylor. But he said this will be his go to guitar from here out. I can't tell you how many times he has thanked me for this great gift. Thanks to everyone for the right on reviews. Purchase this guitar and you will not be sorry.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great guitar ok service

                By Nick

                from Travetse City, Michigan

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Guitar plays great sounds great.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is no toy

                  By "Frank The Crank"

                  from Alton, New Hampshire

                  Pros

                  • Deep Tone
                  • Good Looks
                  • Light in weight

                  Cons

                  • Factory Strings To Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Rhythm

                  Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I am not a professional guitar player. I have been playing for 50 yrs for my own enjoyment and that of a few friends. I mostly play spanish electric guitars like D'Angleico and Peerless. I needed to find a quality guitar for backup rhythm, and I found this wonderful Martin with the most beautiful natural sound I ever heard. The built in electronics are a real bonus. How nice it is not to have a tuner hanging off the headstock. The build is top notch, and why would it not be? Mexico has been producing quality guitars for hundreds of years. This guitar has soul, you can hear it in the sound.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Craftmanship Less Than Expected

                  By MD

                  from Anaheim, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great tone
                  • Lightweight
                  • Like the weight

                  Cons

                  • Action Too High
                  • Less than stellar craftmanship

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    As an owner of two Taylor acoustic guitars (414 CE & 615 CE Jumbo), I thought I'd try out this Martin from Musicians Friend. . . . The initial delivery arrived and I opened the box only to find the headstock completely broken off the neck. Customer service was easy enough to work with and after returning the guitar they sent another. Upon receipt of the second guitar I noticed the action was too high and wasn't comfortable to play as I worked my way down towards the 12th fret. Took the Martin to my guitar guy to have the action lowered only to learn that at the 15th fret where the neck meets the body of the guitar there was a high spot, resulting in all the strings rattling terribly in that position. The neck had to be reworked in order to create an even playing surface. Not a terribly expensive model, but nonetheless, at this price I expected better quality. I'll probably keep the Martin for a while then sell it or gift it to a family member. Taylor makes a far superior product.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this Guitar!

                    By Jake

                    from North Dakota

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                    Pros

                    • Dependable
                    • Electronics
                    • Fast fretboard
                    • Great looks
                    • Great tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Live Performances
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Received this guitar as a Christmas and I absolutely love it! The tone, the feel, and the cosmetics on this guitar are phenomenal. Check out my videos on YouTube to see this guitar in action! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb418tm1HfcGbV_06xTwXMQ

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By John

                      from Hanover PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good price
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • None so far

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        This is a very nice guitar for the money. I would love to have a D28 but can't justify the cost. This guitar allowed me to get the great Martin quality and sound at an affordable price. Was not sure I would like the natural finish but it looks great. Got a good deal from MF.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic guitar!

                        By none

                        from Saint Cloud, Fl.

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • BEAUTIFUL
                        • great playing
                        • Great sounding

                        Cons

                        • None that I can think of

                        Best Uses

                        • Gigging
                        • Jamming
                        • Just Picking

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I must say, of the 4 acoustic guitars I own( Ovation,Takamine',Alvarez) all quality instruments, this Martin is by far the best sounding.Tons of compliments!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        great guitar

                        By rod

                        from baker, mt

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to play
                        • Great Soundvolume
                        • Put My J-185 Away

                        Cons

                        • Wish it came with a case

                        Best Uses

                        • Old Rockcountry
                        • Strumming

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        great playability, excellent sound, love the guitar musicians friend awesome will buy another martin dont know d28?

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Nice!

                        Pros

                        • Built in tuner
                        • Easy to play
                        • Sounds Great

                        Cons

                        • No Case

                        Best Uses

                        • Gigs
                        • Practice

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        This is just what I was looking for. A great sounding, easy to play acoustic that won't break the bank.
                        I play mostly electric, so I'm not too picky as to what this guitar is made out of or where its made.
                        Its solid and sounds great and that all some of us need in an acoustic guitar.
                        It would have been nice if it came with a bag or case, but I guess that would up the price.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Does not include case!!

                        By Rock n Roller

                        from Emporia, Ks.

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Has Great Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            First off it don't come with case as advertised, after a week of going back and forth with musiciansfriend they finally sent me a case after they said they was not going to send one. Guitar wise the only problem I have is it frets out a little bit on the first fret first string.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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