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All-ovangkol construction and "Golden Era"-style bracing for enhanced dynamics with slim neck profile for smoother playability.
Includes gig bag.
The Martin Grand Performance body shape is a little deeper than your typical 000 or OM body shape. The extra depth gives you added volume, while producing a balanced tone across the entire musical spectrum. The end result is a tone that is deeper, fuller and louder than the traditional 000 shape.
Tonewood and Bracing
As an African relative to rosewood, ovangkol was selected for creating this GPC Special Performing Artist model because of its tonal characteristics – balanced low end, full mid-range and crisp top end. Ovangkol is the perfect choice for players that are searching for an all-purpose instrument that works well in a variety of musical situatons. To dial in the right amount of tone and projection, the top has been braced to perfection, using Martin’s world-renown 5/16” Forward Shifted Scalloped X Bracing Pattern. This pattern was made famous during Martin’s “Golden Era” of guitar building in the 1930s; and since then, the Martin Forward Shifted X Brace has been one of the most respected and collectable sound in acoustic guitar history. Topping off the eye-catching ovangkol, these instruments are adorned with an attractive sunburst, tortoise binding and state-of-the-art Fishman VT Enhanced.
Playability is a must for many of today’s demanding musical styles, and Martin has got you covered. The 2018 Martin GPC Special Performing Artist Grand Performance Ovangkol acoustic-electric guitar has one of the most comfortable necks on the market. Martin’s Performing Artist Neck, with High Performance Taper has a slimmer profile that allows you to glide across the neck with ease. You will hardly notice the difference as you transition from playing your electric guitar to this easy-playing instrument. And, as a bonus, each guitar receives a computerize PLEK setup for the perfect custom action of each instrument. If you’re a fingerstyle player, singer songwriter, professional or weekend hobbyist, you are going to love the way this guitar sounds and feels.
Fishman Matrix VT Enhanced Electronics
The Martin GPC Special Performing Artist Grand Performance Ovangkol acoustic-electric guitar is equipped with the Fishman Matrix VT Enhanced to deliver a new level of superior sound quality and dynamic playing response. The result is a sound that is pure Martin, with amazing responsiveness to your playing dynamics and touch. The Fishman Matrix VT Enhanced is unobtrusive, with no controls or holes cut into the side of the guitar. The easy-to-use Volume, Tone and Enhance Blend controls are mounted inside the soundhole for convenient access during performance. It combines a Fishman unique under-the-saddle pickup with Fishman’s Enhance bridge plate transducer. This patented technology is used to bring out the sound of the body, and the dynamic and percussive elements of guitar playing. The Enhance Transducer is specially designed to capture dynamic and percussive attack of the guitar top while being highly resistant to the energy that manifests in string squeak, body handling noise, and parasitic feedback. You’ll hear the guitar exactly as you play it, without any sound coloration or dead spots.
- All-ovangkol body
- Sunburst finish
- Tortoise binding
- Fishman Matrix VT Enhanced pickup
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Special Grand Performance Cutaway Performing Artist Style Ovangkol Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:Body
- Body type: Grand Performance
- Cutaway: Single
- Top wood: Ovangkol
- Back and sides: Ovangkol
- Bracing pattern: Forward shifted 5/16" scalloped X
- Body finish: Gloss
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Performing Artist with High Performance taper
- Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
- Fingerboard: FSC Certified Richlite
- Neck wood: Solid mahogany
- Scale length: 25.4"
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Satin
- Pickup/preamp: Yes
- Brand: Fishman
- Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
- Preamp EQ: 2-band
- Feedback filter: No
- Tuner: No
- Headstock overlay: Stained basswood
- Tuning machines: Chrome enclosed gear
- Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite
- Saddle and nut: White Tusq/bone nut
- Number of strings: 6
- Special features:
- Case: Gig bag
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: United States
- Free Standard Ground shipping (48 contiguous states, some overweight and Used/Vintage items excluded).
- Orders placed before 5 p.m. ET usually ship the same business day.
Every guitar or bass you purchase from Musician's Friend (electric or acoustic, New or Open Box) includes two years of protection from manufacturer defects.
Our Gear Advisers are available to guide you through your entire shopping experience. Call or Chat for expert advice and to hear the latest deals.