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Martin Performing Artist Series Custom GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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OVERVIEW

A modern grand performance size guitar that's ready for the stage with a cutaway, slim neck and Fishman F1 electronics.

Martin's use of solid East Indian rosewood in the Performing Artist Series Custom GPCPA4 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar adds gorgeous tonal color and variety to its already full-sounding solid Sitka spruce top. This road-worthy model has a 14-fret cutaway for soloing. The fast and comfortable Performing Artist profile neck makes even long gigs or sessions a pleasure. Fishmans F1 Analog onboard electronics convey quality acoustic tones that excel both on stage and in studio. Other significant features include Hybrid "X" bracing usually found on more expensive models, a durable Black Richlite fingerboard, and just for Musician's Friend customers, grained ivoroid binding. Includes case.

FEATURES
Solid Sitka spruce top for a full, balanced sound
Solid East Indian rosewood offers adds color and variety
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 F1 Analog preamp and pickup system: Volume Control, Tone, Phase, Tuner and Low Battery indicator
Includes case

Choose a grand performance-size guitar that sounds fantastic whether it's plugged in or not. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Model: GPCPA4 Rosewood
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: Grand Performance 14-Fret Cutaway
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Two Ring
Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: none
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: none
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Grained ivoroid (exclusive to Musician's Friend)
Top Inlay Style: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Heelcap: Solid East Indian Rosewood
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: Style 28 - White Corian
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Polished Gloss
Finish Neck: Satin
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 with Large Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 375 Hardshell
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
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MartinPerforming Artist Series Custom GPCPA4 Grand Performance Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OUTSTANDING GUITAR

By Blues n stuff

from Southern California

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Pros

  • Sound And Comfort To Play

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Solo Performer

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

While shopping at a GC store I went through several nice acoustics and finally came to the Martin section. There were about three selections of this model. Each were about $100 apart. When I got to this Rosewood model that was it.

Richlite fretboard? What is that? I looked up Richite on line and found that Richlite is a strong, durable, scratch resistant, unbreakable, and dense material. They make kitchen counter tops out of it amongst other things. I was skeptical about it but after looking it up I have no problem with it. It looks a lot like ebony.

Out of the box I found the setup perfect to my liking.

I don't care for the big EQs wacked into the side of a nice guitar. This Fishman electronics has two simple knobs and a round tuner window. A nice bare bones look. The tone is bright and full. Good balance between the strings playing chords and lead runs sound really sharp and clean. I like a mellow jazzy sound with the treble cut back and this does that well. This is a hot pickup it has lots of volume. You should get a pretty nice sound through just about any PA system you are confronted with on the open mic tours. I had to look around to find what the phase selection on the tone button did. Apparently if you are getting feedback you push the tone button and it adjusts the tone till the feedback is resolved. When you press the volume button you get a tuner in the round window.

The tuners are good and hold tune. The big buttons are a nice touch. I like the satin finished back and sides and the polished gloss top. The spruce top on mine is a nice piece of spruce. The neck has 1 3/4 inch nut and is slightly different than the modified C shape necks you'll find on the standard Martins. It is quite comfortable to play.
I needed to adjust the truss rod a bit. It takes a long 5mm hex wrench for that. The guitar does not come with one. When you register your guitar ask Martin where to get one. (Hint)

The quality of the finishing, fret detail, body joints and everything on this guitar is superb. For example the fret board joint to the neck is non distinguishable. It looks like one piece even thou its different colors. Martin is one American company that still puts out a quality made guitar even though it hast to adjust a few things to keep in the market. I have never seen a Martin instrument without attention to detail. I replaced the factory bridge pins with Tusq pins they fit perfectly. The only other thing I might later add is a bone nut. But for now it's fine.

This is the first I have been excited with an acoustic guitar since I bought my first D28 that has been gone for several years. Plugged in this guitar is stunning. I play a lot of country, honky tonk, swing, and light jazz. This guitar nails all of it.

If you are a solo performer you will love this guitar to no end.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic sound and playability

By Eric

from Idaho Falls

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Pros

  • Beauty
  • Playability
  • price
  • Sound

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Performing
  • Practice

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

This guitar made owning an American-made instrument finally affordable. I was very pleased with the overall fit and finish of the guitar. It comes with a very nice hard shell case that has a very pleasing scent - weird, I know, but it is very inviting.

The best attribute is the sound. I am immersed in the rich tone and harmonics that ripple off of the sound board. The electronics are simple and easy to use. They are well placed and easy to adjust while playing. The pickup provides a very good natural sounding acoustic. I play this through a Bose L1 compact system and it sounds amazing.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable

By Kaulana Molsen

from Hawai`i

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Full sound
  • Perfect Action
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everything

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

    I am so in love with this guitar. I tried the Sapele and Rosewood models, and I love this one even more. It's just so much more fuller and the guitar is so so comfortable to play. I love the electronics. It's like the Expressions System but sweeter and not so much brighter. Of course, you get a nice huge control of the sound with the eq. It wouldn't hurt to buy a L.R. Baggs DI, but it's amazing. I would definitely recommend this to ANYONE!!!!!

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    • No

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Martins GPCPA4 in Rosewood is a keeper!

    By XXX

    from Midwest Ohio

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

    This is one fine American made guitar. Excellent build quality, inspiring tone acoustic or electric (of course tone is a personal matter), and the supplied case is beautiful with a tight fit.
    Don't be concerned by the "richlite" fretboard. I find it very comfortable and it sounds like ebony. I'm sure Martins decision to use this material was cost based, but not without much consideration given to quality. Of course, only time will tell!
    I had to write Martin a quick email to find what the "Custom" model was, the Musiciansfriend team couldn't tell me the difference. Martin was quick to respond and personable, another reason to buy from this American company.
    As always, Musiciansfriend was excellent to deal with, super fast on the shipping. I love these guys!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love, Love Love this guitar

    By robertmp

    from Undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Amazing sound
    • Beats Every Martin I Had
    • High End With Lower Price

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I don't usually write reviews but this one really deserves it. Sound and feel is incredible, set up is flawless. Mine came in with the rounded Martin pickguard which actually doesn't make the guitar look like its a copy of a T...r. It also says custom on it instead of GPCPA4, came in a hard Aligator skin case, nice. The top wood has a lot of bearclaw and in one spot there is a 5 in long thick bear claw mark which normally would make me return a guitar but when I played it, it doesnt matter. Im sold completely. It really sounds like a 3/4k Martin. I was playing it and my 9 year old commented on it how good it sounds. This one is a keeper. The fretboard is good enough to put it on GPCPA1.

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        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love you baby, but not like I love this guitar.

        By schlamwagen

        from Beaufort, SC

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        Pros

        • Beautiful tone
        • comes with a nice case
        • It Even Smells Great
        • Perfect Craftmanship

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Playing guitar

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

        I got this C. F. Martin acoustic guitar today. It's a flawless and beautiful creation that is well worth every cent I paid. It's heart-warming to experience first hand the work of an American company that represents the epitome of quality and craftsmanship world-wide. Kudos to the people who work at Martin Guitars in Nazareth PA.

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        • No

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GPCPA4 Rosewood Custom

        By Vending guy

        from Bloomington, IL.

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        Pros

        • Built In Pre-amp
        • Built in tuner
        • Good craftsmenship
        • Good Playability
        • Great sound
        • High Quality
        • Made in the USA

        Cons

        • No Locking Tuners
        • Not In Sunburst Color

        Best Uses

        • CHURCH
        • Playing gigs
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        I bought this guitar a week ago. The set up on it was really bad. Was very hard to play. I just got it back today. So I have not had a chance to play it a lot. However, I have had a chance to play it after it has been set up. It plays pretty nice for an acoustic. You can not beat that Martin sound. If you are like I was & are skeptical of how much volume, tone, punch that you may loose with this body style, don't be! This guitar still has plenty of all of the aforementioned. And there is still plenty of bass. Lots of mids in this guitar. Martin hit a home run with this guitar! I played the Dreadnought version of this guitar and there is not much difference. Probably more mids with this model. It is a beautiful instrument. I think to pay more for a Martin you would be getting more cosmetics, locking tuners, etc... But for the money this or the dreadnought version is the guitar to have! The guitar has everything you need. And it sounds great through my Carvin AG100D acoustic amp.

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        • No

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Custom Martin Guitar

        By SJS

        from St. Bernard Ohio

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

        This Martin Guitar was everything I thought it would be and more. The crew at Musicians Friend was outstanding ... Love the Martin ... SJS

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        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everything I ever wanted in an acoustic!

        By MikeB 46

        from Hebron CT

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I have owned a ton of electrics - plenty of high end guitars. I've had a mid-level acoustic for years. I always said I would get a really nice acoustic "some day". I bought this guitar on sale from MF for 5 bills less than everyone else - brand new! The fit and finish are simply fantastic! I can't believe the tone! Wow! Now I know what I was missing. This blows away my Korean made acoustic. This is a keeper and the case is really nice too.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Guitar

            By AK

            from Alaska

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            Pros

            • Built In Electronics
            • Looks good
            • Plays good

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I would rate this guitar 5 stars except for 1 personal preference. Overall the tone is very good and has a rich clear tone but does not produce the big bottom end (not boomy) I get with my other martin guitar. I would love to hear more from the low E string even if others may consider that unbalanced when played acoustically. I expect this guitar will be great for playing gigs with the built in electronics and balanced tone overall.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great sound both plugged and unplugged

                By Drizzle

                from Knoxville, TN

                Pros

                • Tight Even Voice

                Cons

                • Wires Visible In Sound Ho

                Best Uses

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

                  High quality instrument, very tight and even sound when played unplugged. Electronics are first rate, sounds even better plugged in.

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                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best guitar I've ever had

                  By Creamer412

                  from USA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

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

                    I love this guitar. It is well designed and easy to use. I especially like how the battery compartment is easily accessed from outide the guitar. The 1/4 inch Jack is separate from the strap lock which is important too. And the tone......goodness, it's incredible. I've gotten compliments on how gorgeous this thing sounds. I highly recommend this guitar.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Martin GPCPA4

                    By Vending guy

                    from Bloomington, IL.

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

                    I already posted my review of this guitar. Just wanted to make a comment regarding my pictures I posted of my Martin. The gold locking tuners did not come with my guitar from M.F. I had them installed when I had the guitar set up for me right after I got it. Just wanted to make that clear in case some one noticed that on my guitar.

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Absolutely excellent guitar!!

                    By JD

                    from Alabama

                    About Me Novice

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

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

                      I compared this Martin GPCPA4 rosewood to a lot of other guitars and always came back to this one! When it was delivered, I tuned it up with the Fishman on board tuner and since day one it has stayed in tune. It has a rich tone and sounds like a dream. The East Indian Rosewood and solid Sitka spruce top are absolutely beautiful.... oh and the smell of the new guitar is unbelievable. I was concerned about the type of case that it would come with, but was surprised at the quality and it fits the guitar perfect. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone!! You will not be disappointed. I ordered this guitar on 8/22/17 and it was delivered on 8/24/17. Thank you Musician's Friend... I could not ask for better service.

                       
                      5.0

                      I would definitely recommend this Martn guitar!

                      By JD

                      from Alabama

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

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

                        I compared this guitar to the Taylor 314ce and finally chose the Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood and very glad I did. When I opened the box and took it out of the case, I used the built in tuner, made a few adjustments and BOOM!!!! The sound is awesome, the action is just right, and it smells oh so good!! I look forward to many years playing this guitar and passing it along to my son... when I die! Haha! I would like to give a big shout out to Musician's Friend for the 15% off and NO TAX! Excellent guitar for the price.

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