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Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Body size: GP-14 fret cutaway
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: two ring
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Solid woods with a slim, more comfortable playing width up the neck.

The Martin GPCPA4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a grand performance style body constructed with solid tonewoods. The back and sides are matched from African sapele, similar in appearance and tone to mahogany. Bookmatched Sitka spruce soundboards utilize Martin's Hybrid "A-Frame" scalloped bracing.

The GPCPA4 features a slim, more parallel taper at the 12th fret, allowing for a more comfortable playing width up the neck. The bridge spacing is also modified to 2 3/16" – splitting the difference between Martin's two traditional spacings.

Along with the look, feel, and enhanced performance of Martin's existing Performing Artist Series models, the GPCPA4 has the new, simplified Fishman F1 Analog electronics system. Includes case.

Features

  • Body size: GP-14 fret cutaway
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: two ring
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: black boltaron
  • Neck shape: performing artist profile
  • Headstock: solid/square taper
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • Fingerboard position inlays: offset dots - white abs
  • Bridge material: black richlite
  • Bridge style: performing artist belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ large buttons
  • Pickguard: tortoise color
  • Case: 375pa hardshell -brown
  • Interior label: none

Enjoy the beauty and sweet sound of this grand performance guitar. Order today.

 
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MartinPerforming Artist Series GPCPA4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fabulous and wonderful tone, outstanding playability.

The sound and tone are so well done. The Taylor DN3 was harsh by contrast, and a bit of a mess frankly. The Taylor was very loud, and very twangy, and the...Read complete review

The sound and tone are so well done. The Taylor DN3 was harsh by contrast, and a bit of a mess frankly. The Taylor was very loud, and very twangy, and the high E string was painful (see wand picks the wizard). Last time I buy an instrument from review only and minor playing of a demo unit.

This Martin cutaway by comparison is everything the Taylor wasn't to me:

1) Comfortable. The Martin GPCPA4 is a great auditorium form factor that you feel like you can carry around with you. It sits nicely in your lap and the neck is just great. Just high marks here for general design.

2) Sound. The low end is deep and has punch. The mids and highs are perfectly blended. Each string is capable of generating a myriad of unique tones depending upon how you strum it, its almost organic and alive. The DN3 I had by contrast lacked the tight punch, and the upper octaves always wanted to scream. The Martin is well balanced and mannered.

3) Feel. The action and fret board are just so solid. Love the black Richlite, love the feel, fabulous. Very easy to play and nice to look at.
For me, its all about the instrument, I don't particularly care about the electronics. So from this standpoint, its a great guitar, that provides the option to plug in. The electronics may be entry level, but the design/placement of them is very well done.
I had a Taylor DN3 in my home for 3 hours before taking it back. Finding this little gem was truly a case of the wand picking the wizard (although I'm no wizard). Great materials, American made craftsmanship, and the cut of spruce is beautiful. By contrast, the Taylor I had was very harsh, I think my DN3 was a dud. Also, the lacquer finish on the DN3 appeared to be peeling off or chipping at the sound hole. The DN3 It was driving me crazy even though I wanted to love it. This Martin GPCPA4 by contrast is top notch. Solid feeling and top quality- like holding a piece of art in my hands. Very motivating to love this thing and try and make it sing.
Great price performance. Its an instrument for a lifetime. I don't think it will ever leave my family.

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First And Last Martin

I got this guitar a little over a year ago and have had nothing but problems. First off, 6 months into it the electronics just quit working, called the factory they replaced them...Read complete review

I got this guitar a little over a year ago and have had nothing but problems. First off, 6 months into it the electronics just quit working, called the factory they replaced them without any problems. Second, just recently I noticed that the neck was starting to separate from the body. This guitar doesn't leave the case, it's my baby so I was really concerned. I call the factory and they send me to a luthier nearby. He takes a look at it and decided the neck bolt needs to be tightened, he takes off the ID tag and notices the bolt was not even installed. It couldn't have fallen out considering its behind a glued piece of wood. I'm currently waiting for the bolt to come in the mail. Definitely need to work on their quality control. last martin I will ever buy. Selling it and buying a Breedlove

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5.0

Excellent Sound

By Maker1964

from Grass Lake, Mi.

Pros

  • Looks
  • Neck Size
  • Playability
  • Sweet Sound

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • At home

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

Best acoustic I've ever had. Buy it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Comment on this review

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

First And Last Martin

By kurtm2323

from Trenton, NJ

Pros

  • Nice action
  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • Poor Electronics
  • Poor quality control

Best Uses

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

    I got this guitar a little over a year ago and have had nothing but problems. First off, 6 months into it the electronics just quit working, called the factory they replaced them without any problems. Second, just recently I noticed that the neck was starting to separate from the body. This guitar doesn't leave the case, it's my baby so I was really concerned. I call the factory and they send me to a luthier nearby. He takes a look at it and decided the neck bolt needs to be tightened, he takes off the ID tag and notices the bolt was not even installed. It couldn't have fallen out considering its behind a glued piece of wood. I'm currently waiting for the bolt to come in the mail. Definitely need to work on their quality control. last martin I will ever buy. Selling it and buying a Breedlove

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    SWEET!

    Pros

    • Awesome Wood Combination
    • Comfortable
    • Responsive
    • Stays in tune

    Cons

    • Not The Best Pre-amp

    Best Uses

    • Fingerpicking
    • Light strumming

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

    I tried this guitar a couple weeks ago at my local music store, and I really liked it. I'm not a fan of Sapele but I can relate to different viewpoints. Sapele can somehow be related to Mahogany. They both provide a warm and mellow tone. With the Spruce top, it becomes a little more bright and crisp. The guitar is comfortable, the action is perfect (factory set), and it's great for fingerpicking and light strumming. Make sure to read "Marco Benetazzo"'s review on this guitar, below. He says that the High E had lower dB's than the other strings. So he changed the microphones. Be sure to read his review though. Another thing; the F1 Analog System's Pre-Amp - I'm not too fond of it. It only allows you to adjust the volume and shape the mid-scoop. So, I would suggest getting an EQ Pedal like a Boss GE-7 or an L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI or Venue DI. They are very affordable. I'd prefer them over the Fishman's EQ Box. I decided on the Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood model, and I'm sure you all know that Rosewood never disappoints. Good luck to all of you!

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By jman925

    from Pittsburgh,PA

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    Pros

    • Live
    • recording

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is a very fine guitar. The sound of the guitar is great! Not to deep bass sound, more high/ bright sounding. The built in tuner is pretty cool, also. The best part of the guitar is the electronics, they sound amazing! overall, this guitar is a great buy!

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING guitar

        By matt

        from decatur, tx

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

        ok. the bottom line is this: you can spend a small amount of money on a guitar that will soung good, and won't sound as good plugged in. or,you can buy this guitar and get the sound of an extreemly high end martin at a much lower price. this guitar's tuner s outstanding. it mutes the guitar when playing live, and it has very quick and easy acess too. i have played guitar for a long time, and i'm here to tell you that this is truly one of the best deals you can get for a GREAT guitar. and also the action on this guitar is very good too. and this guitar is truly beautiful sounding as well as looking. this guitar is good for things from playing at a resteraunt (which i do often), to playing concerts (which i also do). all in all, this is a great guitar to add to any collection. GREAT JOB MARTIN!

        Comment on this review

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        work of art

        By nate

        from grand rapids michigan

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

        If was to tell you all the things I like about this guitar or how much of a joy it is to play I would be here all day long..So I'm gonna keep it simple, You will not find an American made all solid wood guitar for this price, because there isn't one...each one is a work of art, and the feel and tone of this guitar are unbelievable...even if you bought one of these beauties online without ever playing one odds are you will be in love as soon as you hold it...

        Comment on this review

        (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fabulous and wonderful tone, outstanding playability.

        By Don Holm

        from Undisclosed

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

        The sound and tone are so well done. The Taylor DN3 was harsh by contrast, and a bit of a mess frankly. The Taylor was very loud, and very twangy, and the high E string was painful (see wand picks the wizard). Last time I buy an instrument from review only and minor playing of a demo unit.

        This Martin cutaway by comparison is everything the Taylor wasn't to me:

        1) Comfortable. The Martin GPCPA4 is a great auditorium form factor that you feel like you can carry around with you. It sits nicely in your lap and the neck is just great. Just high marks here for general design.

        2) Sound. The low end is deep and has punch. The mids and highs are perfectly blended. Each string is capable of generating a myriad of unique tones depending upon how you strum it, its almost organic and alive. The DN3 I had by contrast lacked the tight punch, and the upper octaves always wanted to scream. The Martin is well balanced and mannered.

        3) Feel. The action and fret board are just so solid. Love the black Richlite, love the feel, fabulous. Very easy to play and nice to look at.
        For me, its all about the instrument, I don't particularly care about the electronics. So from this standpoint, its a great guitar, that provides the option to plug in. The electronics may be entry level, but the design/placement of them is very well done.
        I had a Taylor DN3 in my home for 3 hours before taking it back. Finding this little gem was truly a case of the wand picking the wizard (although I'm no wizard). Great materials, American made craftsmanship, and the cut of spruce is beautiful. By contrast, the Taylor I had was very harsh, I think my DN3 was a dud. Also, the lacquer finish on the DN3 appeared to be peeling off or chipping at the sound hole. The DN3 It was driving me crazy even though I wanted to love it. This Martin GPCPA4 by contrast is top notch. Solid feeling and top quality- like holding a piece of art in my hands. Very motivating to love this thing and try and make it sing.
        Great price performance. Its an instrument for a lifetime. I don't think it will ever leave my family.

        Comment on this review

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for the price tag

        By Mark Treu

        from Denver, CO

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

        Overall, as I have stated before, I am very happy with the price and quality of this guitar. I would rate it extremely close in quality to the Taylor 314 but keep in mind that this one is a completely different animal. It has that more traditional (yet slightly updated) Martin sound. One recommendation I would make is that you go and play one in person. Don't forget to plug it in and get a feel for the electronics. This is a great instrument and one that I will keep forever.
        I purchased this guitar about 3 months ago and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with it so far. I own some much more expensive guitars (Martin D-18, Taylor 814-CE, Gibson Hummingbird) and I'm not going to tell you that this one is just as good as the rest. What I will say is that this is probably the best bang for your buck I have ever seen in an accoustic/electric guitar. American made solid top, sides, and back for several hundred dollars less than a Taylor 314. Tone is beautiful and the action is really smooth and it is a dream to play.

        I honestly can't figure out how they are able to sell this at its current price point. I really think that Martin hit a home run with this one.
        For this price range, I can't imagine giving this anything less than a perfect rating. Beautiful construction and exceptional sound.
        Without a doubt, I'd say this guitar is hands down the best value for mid range priced guitars.

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        (5 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Kind of dissapointed

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

        I purchased this guitar 3 month ago. At first this guitar is very beautiful, umplugged it sounds really nice: the action, the tone, everything ok, but connected I found a big serious problem with the mic: E string didn't sound!!!??? yes, 6th string did not sound at the same lebel as the other 5 strings, how could I play this guitar live with less dbs at the E string?? big trouble, I had to replace the piezo mic with a AG Series from FIshman $ because the original piezo sucks!!!.

        I like this guitar very much, but kind of dissapointed because a paid $ on this guitar and it is hard to believe that Martin company couldn't find anything better to put in. Another big trouble is the hardcase, chinnesse made I think, not a good one (handle is terrible), next time I will get a Taylor or gibson, more expensive guitars maybe, but much serious than Martin. Peace
        I purchased this guitar 3 month ago. At first this guitar is very beautiful, umplugged it sounds really nice: the action, the tone, everything ok, but connected I found a big serious problem with the mic: E string didn't sound!!!??? yes, 6th string did not sound at the same lebel as the other 5 strings, how could I play this guitar live with less dbs at the E string?? big trouble, I had to replace the piezo mic with a AG Series from FIshman $ because the original piezo sucks!!!.

        I like this guitar very much, but kind of dissapointed because a paid $ on this guitar and it is hard to believe that Martin company couldn't find anything better to put in. Another big trouble is the hardcase, chinnesse made I think, not a good one (handle is terrible), next time I will get a Taylor or gibson, more expensive guitars maybe, but much serious than Martin. Peace!

        Comment on this review

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        New Martin Owner

        By Anonminnom

        from Ohio

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

        So I originally bought the Martin OMCPA4. Being a dreadnought player the OMC didn't have the heavier bass that I love, but I wanted the Orchestra body style. So along comes the GPC. Definitely sounds more rich and robust than the OMC. Craftsmanship is flawless on the guitar. Sound is different though with excellent balance compared to the OMC and Dreadnought. This guitar seems like it will handle all types of music well. Excellent guitar, all solid tonewoods, Made in Nazareth, PA! Probably will be taking back the OMC now!

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