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Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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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...Read More

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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

Performing Artist Series GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • 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 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (2)

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    (0)

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    (1)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigging (3)
      • Practice (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10), 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.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Martin service is awful. Do not buy.

      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...Read complete review

      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.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I love it

      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 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

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        5.0

        Love this Guitar!

        By Jake

        from North Dakota

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Live Performances
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 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

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          • Yes

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Martin service is awful. Do not buy.

          By chazzster

          from the jersey shore

          Ask me a question

          Pros

            Cons

            • Broken out of the box

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 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.

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 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 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!*

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              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 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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not real happy!

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 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.

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                      (1 of 1 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 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.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic guitar!

                      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 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!

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                      • No

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                      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 GPCPA5K Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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

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                      • No

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                      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 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.

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