Martin GPCPA5K (HPL Koa Natural) Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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from Fowlerville, MI USA
February 17, 2013Music Background:
Excellent Tone for an inexpensive guitarGreat tone easy to play , much better than expected for an entry level Martin. And I can't praise Sweetwater enough beyond fantastic service.
from lynchburg va usa
February 7, 2013Music Background:
i just play lol
Amazing soundThis guitar sounds amazing, plus for the price of it you cant beat it , very easy to play . I highly recomend this guitar !! Good job Martin !!
from Rock Hill, SC
May 13, 2012Music Background:
Nice mellow soundI was looking for a guitar to work alongside my Carvin Cobalt 850 Acoustic which is fairly bright in tone. The GPCPA5K does exactly that. It is very mellow and warm...almost dark-sounding. Fantastic. The 4.5 rating is only because the action was EXTREMELY high out of the box.
The GPCPA5K is lightweight but sturdy-feeling. The Stratabond neck feels solid and is smooth as silk.
Overall, a wonderful instrument and exactly what I was looking for.
Want the classic good looks, smooth playability, and powerful tones of a steel-string acoustic, at an affordable price? Look no further than these two new models from the venerable Pennsylvania guitar maker! The and the are two new members of the company's Performing Artist family of acoustic guitars. Martin sent me one of each to check out, just in time for me to take them into an acoustic-guitar-based studio session I was working on.
The GPCPA4 Siris features a cutaway Grand Performance body shape, with a solid spruce top; scalloped hybrid X-bracing; and siris sides and back, with a center wedge of East Indian rosewood in the back for extra tone. The neck is hardwood, with a Richlite fingerboard. The guitar delivers all the tone you'd expect from a Martin acoustic. It's powerful and punchy yet clear and articulate, with excellent sustain no matter where you play on the neck. It held up extremely well under a variety of alternate tunings, even with the low E string dropped as low as A.
The GPCPA5K is also a cutaway Grand Performance shape, with a solid spruce top. But this model features an environmentally friendly HPL (high-pressure laminate) back and sides, with a beautiful koa wood pattern and an amazing-looking brown Stratabond neck with a Richlite fingerboard. With its thick midrange thrust, this guitar proved excellent for lead and melody lines -- the sustain was unbelievable! The GPCPA5K also worked well for both fingerpicked and strummed chords, with good note definition and a full sound.
Both guitars feature Martin's fast-playing Performing Artist neck shape as well as Fishman F1 analog electronics -- a natural-sounding pickup/preamp system that works well both in the studio and live onstage. Hardshell cases are included.
If you're in the market for a high-quality but affordable steel-string, look no further! The GPCPA4 Siris and GPCPA5K offer Martin construction, playability, and tone, at two nicely comfortable price points. Whether as your primary guitar, a stage guitar, or a backup to a higher-dollar acoustic, these instruments shine in every situation!