Dating from 1833, the C.F. Martin & Co. is a luthier backed by plenty of history. In fact, they can be credited for bringing us a lot of the features we take for granted today, like scalloped bracing and the dreadnought body shape. In their almost 200-year history, they've built a loyal following from countless musicians who consider Martin guitars to be the best anywhere. Of all the lines you can choose from, the Martin Performing Artist series is the first stop when you're looking for a guitar that's built to be played, and played hard. Designed for professional guitarists, these Martins are meant for the stage, delivering the tone and durability you need to put on a great show every time.
With their on-stage focus, it's no surprise that the Martin Performing Artist series are all acoustic-electric instruments. Each one is fitted with the Fishman F1 Analog preamp and pickup system, which gives you standard volume and tone controls, as well as a phase adjustment and built-in tuner. It's an advanced system that makes it easy to dial in the perfect sound, whether you're playing a dreadnought like the DCPA5 Cutaway or a grand performer such as the GPCPA1 Plus.
There are a few instruments here that you'll want to check out if you're looking for something different from a traditional guitar. One is the Martin Performing Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar, which is naturally different by virtue of being a bass. It's also a great-sounding instrument that strikes the perfect balance between upright and electric tone. Another unique option to consider is the GPC12PA4 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar. With its doubled strings, this instrument has far more power than your average acoustic.
Whether you choose 6-string, 12-string or bass, the Martin Performing Artist series is always an excellent way to go. These are instruments that fire on all cylinders: easy to play, long-lasting, well-crafted and, most importantly, great-sounding. If you're ready to go onstage, these Martin guitars are ready to go up there with you.