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Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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The GPC12PA4 is the first 12-string in the popular Performing Artist Series. This model features a 14-fret cutaway with fast and comfortable High Per...Read More

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A reliable 12-string with a cutaway body, high performance neck and Fishman electronics.

The GPC12PA4 is the first 12-string in the popular Performing Artist Series. This model features a 14-fret cutaway with fast and comfortable High Performance necks, and Fishman's F1 Analog electronics. Perfect for any performing artist. The back and sides are of solid sapele with a solid sitka spruce top for a bright, balanced sound. The 25.4" scale-length neck is made of stable hardwood and features a black Richlite fingerboard with white Boltaron position inlays. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Grand performance with cutaway body size
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hybrid ''X'' scalloped
  • High performance neck
  • Fishman F1 Analog pickup system
  • Includes 375 Hardshell case

Put some sparkle in your music with this modern 12-string. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model: GPC12PA4
  • 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 Sapele
  • Back Purfling: none
  • Side Material: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: none
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: none
  • 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: 1-13/16''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Off Set Dots - White Boltaron
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Satin
  • Finish Top: Gloss Top
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-5/16''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze 12 Str X-Light Gauge (MSP7600)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 375 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
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MartinPerforming Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (8)

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    (1)

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          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (9)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Excellent 12 Str Martin at Great price

        I have a GPCPA1 rosewood that is perfect in every way. I already loved the performing artist series when I brought the GPC12PA4 condition two. There was no other considerations other than new or...Read complete review

        I have a GPCPA1 rosewood that is perfect in every way. I already loved the performing artist series when I brought the GPC12PA4 condition two. There was no other considerations other than new or used when I wanted a 12 string.

        Out of box setup for my GPC12PA4 was terrible providing only open cording playibility. After these issues are corrected this is a very nice guitar. The Fishman preamp is good. I like the tuner, acoustically the guitar sounds wonderful. I have played this through a few PA systems, a Fender Twin, Supersonic Twin, Bassman, Egnator Renegade, it performed well in all environments. Plugged in I noticed the missing high end features of the Fishman Aura + preamp like feedback squelch. The GPC12PA4 is a nice complement to my PA1 6 string.

        With a new guitar correcting a few things like neck relief is to be expected. This was so far out of whack it was easy to understand why someone sent this one back. Truss rod just plain loose.

        Tuned with the truss rod tightened and neck relief adjusted the action was still exceedingly high. Measuring the distance from the bottom of the string to the top of the 12th fret was more than 4 mm. You could easily slide two .25 cent coins stacked one on the other in the gap between 11/12th frets and string bottom. Come on, this is supposed to be a Martin.

        Anyone at Martin ever hear of the action quarter rule of thumb? Action is good when a quarter(.25 coin) bridges the 11/12 fret and the strings just touches top of coin. It seems that for 1400 retail Martin could check and adjust the neck relief and action a little bit better.

        To lower the action I capo at the second fret to hold the strings in place while lose. Then mark the saddle with a line where it meets the body on one side with a pencil. Loosen the strings enough to remove the saddle(may require pulling bridge pins). Take out the saddle and do not mess with anything else found in the saddle slot. Measure saddle from line across down 2 mm on each end, drew a line across. Using 220 grit paper sanded from the bottom to my line being careful to keep the saddle flat and in full contact across the sandpaper as I sanded. When the saddle is re-installed the first line should sink 2 mm into the saddle slot beyond view.

        After tuning to pitch, checking neck relief adjusting if necessary, the action is now 2 mm at the 12th fret. No buzz, playable across the entire neck. I want a tad .4 mm lower and I'll catch that the next restring.

        I am very happy with my purchase. I have a 12 string Martin that plays most excellent, sounds good acoustically and through amplifiers and PA systems.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Buyer Beware!

        I've been searching for months to find one in stock locally, so I could play it before buying. No such luck, so decided to purchase based on the reviews.

        Shipping...Read complete review

        I've been searching for months to find one in stock locally, so I could play it before buying. No such luck, so decided to purchase based on the reviews.

        Shipping was FAST. (Musician's Friend has always been the best in this regard!) It arrived in great shape. I put it in my studio to let it acclimate. (Difficult because I really wanted to play it!)

        I've played 12 strings as my primary instrument for 45 years. I did not purchase this as a fill in or just to have a 12 string. There are a number of compositions I play that require a cutout model. I've always been pretty conservative in my 12 string purchases as I never had the money to spend on something like this. I must also have been pretty lucky to find "cheap" 12 strings that played exceptionally well. With this purchase my luck has run out!

        I expected great things from Martin, but was sorely disappointed.

        The very first thing I noticed was an obnoxious rattle when I first picked it up. I discovered that none of the wiring for the onboard electronics had been dressed. The loose wires were slapping around inside the body. This might not be a problem if you intend to plug it in, but this IS an acoustic instrument and just because some electronics are installed it doesn't mean it's acoustic sound should suffer.

        The setup was pathetic making this instrument unplayable. The strings were so far from the frets that they were in the way of themselves, making it impossible to play anything cleanly above the 5th fret.

        My first thought was to return it, but since there aren't any more available anywhere I've looked, I decided to contact Martin to express my dissatisfaction and desire for a solution.

        Martin customer service is AWFUL! They insisted that this guitar could NOT have left their factory in this condition and quickly set about to blame me for their own lack of quality control. When I pointed out that it arrived in their factory sealed box and that I had indeed acclimated the instrument, per their instructions, and that humidity has NOTHING to do with poor craftsmanship, they responded that they've been doing this for 182 years and there is NO WAY an instrument in this condition could have left their factory. In short, there is no one to blame but the customer.

        A trip to an authorized Martin luthier confirmed the setup was no where near Martin standards. I will now have to pay to have this instrument brought to the standards it should have been when it left the factory.

        I cannot add anything about the playability of this instrument at this time as I have yet to actually play it. I will, (when I get this guitar back from the luthier in a few weeks,) add another review to address the tone and playability of this instrument. Until then, this is the most positive review I can provide.

        None of this has anything to do with Musician's Friend as they simply sent me what Martin had sent them.

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        2.0

        Buyer Beware!

        By Xarkzila

        from Colorado

        Pros

        • It's a Martin

        Cons

        • Poor Factory Qc
        • Poor Factory Setup
        • Poor manufacturer support

        Best Uses

        • Conversation piece
        • Wall Decoration

        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I've been searching for months to find one in stock locally, so I could play it before buying. No such luck, so decided to purchase based on the reviews.

        Shipping was FAST. (Musician's Friend has always been the best in this regard!) It arrived in great shape. I put it in my studio to let it acclimate. (Difficult because I really wanted to play it!)

        I've played 12 strings as my primary instrument for 45 years. I did not purchase this as a fill in or just to have a 12 string. There are a number of compositions I play that require a cutout model. I've always been pretty conservative in my 12 string purchases as I never had the money to spend on something like this. I must also have been pretty lucky to find "cheap" 12 strings that played exceptionally well. With this purchase my luck has run out!

        I expected great things from Martin, but was sorely disappointed.

        The very first thing I noticed was an obnoxious rattle when I first picked it up. I discovered that none of the wiring for the onboard electronics had been dressed. The loose wires were slapping around inside the body. This might not be a problem if you intend to plug it in, but this IS an acoustic instrument and just because some electronics are installed it doesn't mean it's acoustic sound should suffer.

        The setup was pathetic making this instrument unplayable. The strings were so far from the frets that they were in the way of themselves, making it impossible to play anything cleanly above the 5th fret.

        My first thought was to return it, but since there aren't any more available anywhere I've looked, I decided to contact Martin to express my dissatisfaction and desire for a solution.

        Martin customer service is AWFUL! They insisted that this guitar could NOT have left their factory in this condition and quickly set about to blame me for their own lack of quality control. When I pointed out that it arrived in their factory sealed box and that I had indeed acclimated the instrument, per their instructions, and that humidity has NOTHING to do with poor craftsmanship, they responded that they've been doing this for 182 years and there is NO WAY an instrument in this condition could have left their factory. In short, there is no one to blame but the customer.

        A trip to an authorized Martin luthier confirmed the setup was no where near Martin standards. I will now have to pay to have this instrument brought to the standards it should have been when it left the factory.

        I cannot add anything about the playability of this instrument at this time as I have yet to actually play it. I will, (when I get this guitar back from the luthier in a few weeks,) add another review to address the tone and playability of this instrument. Until then, this is the most positive review I can provide.

        None of this has anything to do with Musician's Friend as they simply sent me what Martin had sent them.

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        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds great!

        By merc lee

        from Northern New Jersey

        Pros

        • Big Soulful Sound
        • Easy To Keep In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Expanding Your Range

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Just got this Martin GPC12PA4 and certainly no buyer's remorse here. This instrument exceeds expectations in so many ways. A fantastic value to acquire this much sound in this price range. Go for it as you will never be dissapointed with this Martin product...

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          • No

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing sound

          By Stace

          from DFW area, Texas

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Action Is Excellent
          • Craftsmanship Is Martin
          • The Overtones Are Amazing

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live
            • Playing Anytime
            • Studio

            Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            The craftsmanship is beautiful. The finish is amazing. The action is the best I have ever played on a 12 string. I am thoroughly satisfied with my Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String!!!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great 12 string guitar

            By Dennisio

            from Summerhill, PA

            Pros

            • Comfortable neck
            • Great action
            • Nice Tuner
            • Strong Projection

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Great Acoustic
            • Great Amped
            • Suits All Occasions

            Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Guitar and case were received in perfect condition. I received it in three business days after placing the order. I bought this as a gift to myself for my retirement and birthday, and it did not disappoint. String height setup was perfect as received. I have never spent this much for a guitar, but I am delighted. I own six twelve strings, so I know the drill. Musician's Friend continues to get my business as they don't miss much, and if they do they promptly correct any problems.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Georgio

            from Germany

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sounds Well-balanced Ea

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                great guitar for the price payed

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent 12 Str Martin at Great price

                Pros

                • Neck Profile
                • Playability
                • Preamp
                • Tuner

                Cons

                • Poor Factory Setup

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Performing
                • Playing
                • Recording

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I have a GPCPA1 rosewood that is perfect in every way. I already loved the performing artist series when I brought the GPC12PA4 condition two. There was no other considerations other than new or used when I wanted a 12 string.

                Out of box setup for my GPC12PA4 was terrible providing only open cording playibility. After these issues are corrected this is a very nice guitar. The Fishman preamp is good. I like the tuner, acoustically the guitar sounds wonderful. I have played this through a few PA systems, a Fender Twin, Supersonic Twin, Bassman, Egnator Renegade, it performed well in all environments. Plugged in I noticed the missing high end features of the Fishman Aura + preamp like feedback squelch. The GPC12PA4 is a nice complement to my PA1 6 string.

                With a new guitar correcting a few things like neck relief is to be expected. This was so far out of whack it was easy to understand why someone sent this one back. Truss rod just plain loose.

                Tuned with the truss rod tightened and neck relief adjusted the action was still exceedingly high. Measuring the distance from the bottom of the string to the top of the 12th fret was more than 4 mm. You could easily slide two .25 cent coins stacked one on the other in the gap between 11/12th frets and string bottom. Come on, this is supposed to be a Martin.

                Anyone at Martin ever hear of the action quarter rule of thumb? Action is good when a quarter(.25 coin) bridges the 11/12 fret and the strings just touches top of coin. It seems that for 1400 retail Martin could check and adjust the neck relief and action a little bit better.

                To lower the action I capo at the second fret to hold the strings in place while lose. Then mark the saddle with a line where it meets the body on one side with a pencil. Loosen the strings enough to remove the saddle(may require pulling bridge pins). Take out the saddle and do not mess with anything else found in the saddle slot. Measure saddle from line across down 2 mm on each end, drew a line across. Using 220 grit paper sanded from the bottom to my line being careful to keep the saddle flat and in full contact across the sandpaper as I sanded. When the saddle is re-installed the first line should sink 2 mm into the saddle slot beyond view.

                After tuning to pitch, checking neck relief adjusting if necessary, the action is now 2 mm at the 12th fret. No buzz, playable across the entire neck. I want a tad .4 mm lower and I'll catch that the next restring.

                I am very happy with my purchase. I have a 12 string Martin that plays most excellent, sounds good acoustically and through amplifiers and PA systems.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An amazing guitar.

                Pros

                • Beautiful Instrument
                • Sounds Great Through Amp
                • Stays in tune
                • Such Sweettones

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Accompaning
                • Fingerpicking

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I have owned other 12 strings and no longer had any until I played this Martin. I have finally found a 12string I love. The sweet tones the full sound s. You can achieve with the EQ can only be called amazing. I fell in love immediately.. I never thought I'd find a 12 string this .sweet and the price was below anything I could expect.

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tone and Playability

                By DH

                from Chicago, IL

                Pros

                • Comfiort
                • Great tone
                • Playability
                • Tuner

                Cons

                • Expense

                Best Uses

                • Playing Music On A Guitar

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                For a 12 string guitar, the GPC12PA4 is very playable. The action is really low, and you can even play barre chords with minimal difficulty. I was amazed. The onboard electronics are very basic, and the built-in tuner helps keep the guitar in tune. It hasn't gone out much, but without it keeping any 12 string correct can be tough. Bottom line, it is a great and fun guitar to play.

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I couldn't have made a better choice....

                By ELPoe

                from Nashville,Tn

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Amazing Playability
                • Beautiful tone
                • Very lightweight

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Expand My Range Of Sound

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                From the very first note I played I was totally amazed at the tone and sustain.
                Is practically weightless for long sets.
                The onboard tuner and electronics are a perfect compliment.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Superb 12 String Martin

                Pros

                • Bar Chords Easy To Play
                • Beautifully built
                • Martin Full Bodied Sound
                • Neck Easy To Play
                • Sound Is Superb Balanced
                • Sustain Is Deep Long

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Folk
                • Folk Rock
                • Playing For My Grandson
                • With Vocals

                Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I love the sound of a 12 string acoustic guitar.

                I've had the 355 Taylor, Guild 12 string acoustic, 1968 12 string Gibson and still have a 1966 Fender Villager 12.
                This Martin 12 is simply delicious....easy to play, tune and holds tune even with hard chord playing.
                Had it 3 months now and its just starting to break in.
                Light strumming and it sounds like a symphony...perfect balance of the audio spectrum

                Be sure you get a humidifier...lots a wood that needs TLC & moisture

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                • Yes

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