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Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The Martin Grand Performer GPCPA1 Plus acoustic-electric cutaway guitar has solid East Indian rosewood back and sides and is topped with solid Sitka spruce. The rosewood naturally resonates bass, while the Sitka spruce has a clear and powerful tone. The Fishman F1 Aura + electronics amplify the rosewood-spruce combination of the Grand Performer eloquently. The two-ring pearl rosette, arrows and squares inlay, gloss finish and pickguard gracefully compliment the deeply contrasting colors of the rosewood and spruce. Includes case.

State-of-the art electronics with striking aesthetic features, player comfort and enhanced bass.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Solid Ovangkol back purfling
  • Solid Ovangkol binding
  • Mortise/Tenon neck joint
  • Black Richlite fingerboard
  • Fishman F1 Aura + electronics
  • Arrows and squares inlay
  • Solid Ovangkol fingerboard binding
  • Two ring pearl rosette
  • Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped top bracing
  • Bone nut
  • Solid/square taper headstock
  • Black acrylic headplate
  • Polished gloss finish
  • Satin neck finish
  • Black Richlite bridge
  • Delmar Tortoise pickguard
  • Includes case

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SPECIFICATIONS

Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • 25.4'' scale
    20 frets
    1-3/4'' fingerboard width at nut
    2-1/8'' fingerboard width at 12th fret
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MartinPerforming Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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5.0

Excellant Guitar

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from Huntsville Alabama

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blue Grass Open Mic
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This was my first serious Acoustic and I fell in love with it when I first picked it up. Did have the setup change by a local custom builder and made it play even better. The only thing I can say negative about this guitar is the 1 3/4 neck width along with the performing artist neck. Which is more on me because my short fingers. Not much of a problem with open chords but did give me issues on bare chords. Was a sad day when I traded this guitar for an HD-28, but I needed a thinner neck. Played my GPCPA1 for three years before letting it go. The guitar always drew great comments from others.

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    5.0

    GPCPA1

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    from Madison

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          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          The GPCPA1 is one of Martin's sonic works of art and beauty. The cocobolo model has a one-piece mahogany neck, whereas the neck of the rosewood model is made from 2 pieces of mahogany. The fingerboard and bridge of the cocobolo and rosewood models are made of ebony and Richlite, respectively. (Richlite is made of recycled paper mixed with phenolic resin; this is cheaper than ebony and probably contributes to the price difference between these two models.) Although the appearance of ebony and Richlite is slightly different, I could not find any difference in terms of feel and playability of these two different fingerboards.

          Acoustically, both of these 2 GPCPA1 models produce full, rich, clear, natural sounds, but quite different from each other – the cocobolo model has a darker tone somewhat similar to my D-35 Seth Avett (or any Martin D-35 I played before), whereas the rosewood model is slightly brighter-sounding, to a certain degree reminiscent of Taylor 814ce or Gibson J-29.

          Electrically, played either through the AER MM200 Monte Montgomery or through the Fishman SA220, they also sound super-great, but (in contrast to their acoustic sounds) very similar to each other, although the slightly enhanced acoustic brightness of the rosewood model appears to be transferred into its electric sound. The bottom line is, if you are looking for a flawlessly sounding and playing acoustic guitar, the GPCPA1 cocobolo and rosewood models are undoubtedly two of them.

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          5.0

          Plays like buttah now...

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          from Forest Grove, OR

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          Pros

          • Beautiful Tone Woods
          • Electronics
          • Holds Tuning Like A Rock
          • Sound quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gigs
            • Recording
            • Very Versatile Instrument

            Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I'm glad Martin errs on the high side... you can't put material back into the nut, folks! I don't know why people would be willing to shell out this kind of money for a guitar and not pay for a proper set up.

            I've always been more of a fingerpicker, so the action was a little high for me initially. Proper setup resolved this and this guitar was MADE for me... So much fun to play that I can't wait to get home and head for the music room. I've been able to take on much more challenging music because of this beautiful instrument. I did a lot of research before taking the plunge, and I have several other guitars I could be playing... but this is my favorite.

            For those that have questions about the manufactured material for the bridge and fret board... the richlite material is very comfortable to play. I am an older player and have arthritic hands, so my hand strength is not what it used to be. I was worried the fret board would be more difficult, but it absolutely has not been an issue.

            This guitar sounds beautiful unplugged or plugged in and I take it with me to open mics frequently where it is plugged into a variety of amps/sound systems. For home, I have a Fishman amp and an audio interface that I plug in to. I was very impressed with the sounds I get when recording this guitar... even when recording direct without external mics.

            This guitar is a thing of beauty. I just can't believe it's actually mine!

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            5.0

            Simply a world class guitar

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            from near Edinburgh, Scotland

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                  Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Excellent sound and playability. The neck profile is slightly wider and the fretboard flatter than my Gibson accoustic but after a couple of days I got in to it. Sound wise, unplugged it has more ... well, it has more than the Gibson. A bigger sound - more of everything. Much more pleasing to listen to. It puts a big smile on my face everytime I pick it up.

                  I've been plugging it in to an Edirol FA-66 sound card and recording on my laptop using Logic. I keep the logic settings pretty vanilla because the guitar really doesn't need any help. When you read about the electronics it sounds complicated, or I thoght so at least, but it only took a few minutes use to get to grips with it. There are a couple of instructional videos that help a lot.

                  It's not cheap but I have absolutely no regrets about buying it. Worth the money IMHO.

                  On a different topic - I live in the UK and worried about making such a substantial purchase from an internet company that I knew very little about in another continent, but I've got to say the whole thing went very smoothly. It took about 8 days from me hitting the buy button to it being delivered. I'd be happy to buy from Musician's Friend again. No question.

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                  5.0

                  took 4 tradeups to get here, glad I did

                  Pros

                  • Aura F1
                  • Feedback Elimination
                  • Fit Finish
                  • Rosewood Body

                  Cons

                  • Preamp Docs Poor

                  Best Uses

                  • Performing
                  • Practice
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is nothing less than stellar. It plays well, sounds awesome, has the correct tone woods, is beautiful with its all wood body and neck bindings, the inlays are phenomenally beautiful and F1+ preamp is wonderful.

                  It took me 4 trade ups to get this instrument and I am so glad I finally got it. Beginning with an OM-1GT to a Breedlove Atlas dred to a Martin GPCPA4 Jumbo Rosewood to finally ending at this instrument. Each step up better than the previous.

                  The only small problem I had was learning how to use the F1+ preamp. The documentation included with the guitar was for the Aura F1 (no plus). Once I found the correct video explaining F1+ preamp, it all came together and works perfectly. Here is that link for you:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2EG7iAtlcA

                  I totally am in love with this one. I hope I keep it until the end. I wish I could afford to keep all those other guitars and not trade up at all. But, if you have to only have 1 Acoustic electric, then this would be the grand daddy of them all to have.

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                  3.0

                  Great for strumming open chords

                  Pros

                  • Good sound

                  Cons

                  • Action Too High

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    The action was way too high for a high end acoustic. Look good and open chords sounded great. I was unwilling to pay a luthier to lower the bridge.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet Guitar

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                    from Pleasant Hill, CA

                    Pros

                    • Craftmanship
                    • Performance
                    • Worship

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        This is a stellar guitar- It is well built and sounds fantastic both plugged or unplugged. The Aura system is easy to use and quickly allows you to find your sound. It's a great guitar to sing along with and can handle very subtle picking and strumming as well as aggressive strumming- You won't be dissapointed!

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is absolutely a great guitar!

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                        from Germany

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Tone Great Sound
                        • Nice Guitar Finish

                        Cons

                        • Nothing

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Gigs

                        Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 Plus Grand Performer Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I love this guitar. I commend Martin for creating a well made and great sounding acoustic-electric guitar. The Aura Plus pick-up not only produces a great sound but it is also very easy to use. Kudos also to Musicians Friend for their great customer service and product delivery. I bought this guitar from them at a discounted price. I also qualified for a 15% discount which brought the price down even more! An awesome deal for a great guitar!! Unexpectedly, it was delivered to my APO address less than 7 days after it was shipped out. I was very much surprised to get it within a week of ordering this product. This a rare occurrence for products delivered overseas. Thanks a lot Musicians Friend!!!

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