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Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

The visual beauty and sonic playground that is exotic East Indian rosewood elevates Martin's GPCPA4 Rosewood, with its Grand Performance body size that has a Cutaway on the treble side, making this member of the Performing Artist Series' 4th tier a great value when it comes to modern acoustic-electric guitars.

Made on par with the 16 Series of traditional Martin designs, this model brings solid Indian rosewood back and sides to the comtemporary Grand Performance body, which was recently designed with versatility in mind. The wider top and deeper body means it holds up to hard strumming better than the 000 or OM size while remaining balanced and resonsive enough for fingerpicking.

When topped with solid Sitka spruce of good quality, supported with the full Martin bracing, scalloped for optimum resonance and bass response, the GPCPA4 Rosewood is hard to beat for the price. Add the cutaway for upper fret access, and the sleek, fast Performing Artist neck with its effortless PA profile and PA taper, it is easy to get the most out of the extra complexity and full-bodied tone that one looks for in rosewood.

And once you plug in, the Fishman F1 Analog electronics provide easy volume and tone adjustment thanks to the on-board controls with a digital readout, phase shift to adjust bass response and feedback resistance, and the wonderful on-board tuner that mutes the volume when engaged, and works even when you are playing your Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood unplugged.

CONSTRUCTION:  Ply Blocks/Simple Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE:  Grand Performance 14 Fret Cutaway
TOP MATERIAL:  Solid Sitka Spruce
TOP BRACING PATTERN: Hybrid "X" Scalloped
BACK/SIDE MATERIAL:  Solid East Indian Rosewood
NECK SHAPE: Performing Artist Profile
NUT MATERIAL:  White Corian
SADDLE:  16" Radius/Compensated White Tusq
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
BRIDGE & END PINSWhite w/Black Dots
CASE:  375 Hardshell
ELECTRONICS:  Fishman F1 Analog

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Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood is unbelievable!
Wow, not even sure where to start. I got my guitar after working with Maury to make it happen since they didn't stock it yet. The guitar arrived and looked outstanding but I don't care about that, I want the sound. I can't believe how well this purchase turned out. I upgraded to bone pins and saddle. At first it sounded a little bright to me so I switched saddles back to the TUSQ and it just took on a whole new life!!! I can't get enough and I hav had it since 4/24 and it is 6/27 today. Two months and still am intoxicated by the strong Rosewood smell and the amazingly clear voice with great bass, all the mids a guy could want and the highs that I didn't even know I wanted until I got this thing. GREAT GUITAR!!!
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06/27/2012 - 11:57 AM
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