Martin GPCPA4R Grand Performing Artist - Rosewood Back and Sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Richlite Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Natural Polished Gloss
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Your Stage-ready Martin!

What happens when you merge the classic look and feel of a traditional Martin acoustic guitar with the convenience of today's modern acoustic-electric? You get the Martin Performing Artist GPCPA4R, that's what! Like so many classic Martins from years past, the Performing Artist GPCPA4R is crafted using nothing but the finest tonewoods, with solid Sitka spruce for the top and solid rosewood making up the back and sides. Add to this a satin-finished neck, modern electronics, a unique neck carve, and a convenient cutaway, and you've got a guitar that's downright inspiring to play. Grab a Martin Performing Artist GPCPA4R and hit the stage!

Martin GPCPA4R Performing Artist Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic tonewood combination for big sound
  • Modern electronics for the modern performer
  • Comfortable and great-playing neck
Classic tonewood combination for big sound

You just can't beat the sound of solid spruce and solid genuine rosewood. For such an affordable guitar, the Martin Performing Artist GPCPA4R spares no expense on its tonewoods. You'll love the crisp sound of the GPCPA4R's solid East-Indian rosewood back and sides, and they look fantastic. What's more, the GPCPA4R is topped with solid Sitka spruce, adding rich and mellow overtones. When you imagine what an acoustic guitar is supposed to sound like, this is it!

Modern electronics for the modern performer

Martin takes the acoustic-electric guitar on an evolutionary journey, equipping these instruments with the Fishman F1 Analog electronics system. Far more than a simple pickup system, the discreetly mounted F1 Analog system offers a convenient onboard tuner as well as volume and tone controls to help take charge of your sound. This is the Performing Artist GPCPA4R, a well-balanced instrument that's great for any style of music.

Comfortable and great-playing neck

Whether you need to survive long recording sessions or plan to play out late into the night, you'll be glad you got a Performing Artist GPCPA4R acoustic guitar. The GPCPA4R features one of Martin's amazing Performing Artist series necks, whose slimmer profile is easy on your hand, allowing you to play those extended sessions in comfort. You'll love the feel of the smooth satin neck finish.

Martin GPCPA4R Performing Artist Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic guitar designed for today's modern performers
  • Sitka spruce and rosewood tonewoods combine for great response and sound
  • Fishman F1 Analog electronics for worry free plugged-in performance
  • Comfortable artist profile neck
Martin puts a new spin on their classic guitars with the Performing Artist GPCPA4R!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Performance 14-Fret
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polished Gloss (top), Satin (neck, back, and sides)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Hybrid X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Black Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Performing Artist Profile
Fingerboard Material Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay Style 18
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/16" Radius Compensated White TUSQ
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.75"
Body Width 15.75"
Body Depth 4.5"
Overall Length 40.375"
Electronics Fishman F1 Analog
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10GPCPA4ROSEWOOD

Customer Reviews

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First Acoustic Purchase in Twenty Five Years

I'm basically an electric player in the style of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc. I own fifteen electrics ( mostly purchased from Sweetwater ) but I finally broke down an bought this Martin. And boy am I glad I did!! The tone is amazing and the electronics are perfect for recording or playing live.The sound is big without any bad overtones and sounds tight no matter how hard it is played. It responds well to any picking style and the intonation is perfect. I have played some of the high end older Martins over the years and this one can hold its own with the best of them.
Music background: Semi Pro Guitarist for 30 years Recording Engineer Mom taught classical piano for over 35 years

Still a great guitar

I have now owned my Martin GPCPA4R for over 2 years and I feel that it was the best guitar I have ever purchased. (I also own a Martin D-18 from 1973. It was given to me by my father-in-law prior to his passing. It was his pride and joy & I feel the same about it.) Another person rated this guitar on this site and gave it 3.5 & 2.5. He said it was flat and wanted to trade it for a Taylor 314. I have owned a Taylor 314. I sold it because it just didn't sound like a Martin. When I bought my Martin GPCPA4R the Taylor 314 cost a lot more and still didn't have the sound of my Martin. Taylor's have many good guiltiest but they just cannot touch the Martin sound. I love both of my Martin's. I even use Martin silk and phosphor strings on both because I have arthritis in my hands. They still beat Taylor sound.
Music background: Player since 1964 now mostly at home


I just received my new Martin Performing Artist guitar and what a shock, I thought I would never hold and play a high end guitar like a Martin. Thanks Chris and all at Sweetwater for the excellent service and right on time delivery. The Martin is beautiful with the rosewood sides and the sound just mellows out from within to give you that country blend. I was very pleased that I did my homework, my first eye candy was a Gibson. Thanks to the hours I researched I found a great Martin guitar that I could afford at this time in the year. Sweetwater provided me the opportunity and with the professional help of Chris, I was very pleased with my decision to purchase a Martin PA, besides Martin has been around since 1833 and is American made having been played by great artist and still being played.
Music background: Classic Country-Old School

Wonderful Guitar. Amazing service by Sweetwater

I got this guitar yesterday. It is my first "expensive" acoustic guitar and I was blown away. So glad that Mike from Sweetwater recommended this model to me. My first time to shop at Sweetwater and what an amazing experience. They have personalized the attention to costumers like me. Amazing service. Many thanks to Mike Godlove my Sweetwater contact person. You did a good job.
Music background: Hobbyist

Great for everything!

I have had this guitar for a few years now. Ages wonderfully. At first it was a tick bright, but has since balanced out and is just thunderous. I am in college and the electronics are spot on for gigs. Plays wonderfully, and maintenance is really low. Just change your strings and adjust your truss rod when the seasons change and that is all it will ever need.
Music background: Indie/Blues/Country/Rock/Fingerstyle
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars