Martin GPCPA4R Rosewood - Natural

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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Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Martin Performing Artist GPCPA4 Acoustic-electric Guitar Demo

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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Perfect In Every Way!

When I began the search for my first quality acoustic, I was almost sure that the Taylor 314ce would be my eventual choice. However, one day I was in my local store and noticed a Martin with more or less the same specs as the Taylor. I'd never been a Martin fan before but I was completely blown away by this guitar. Eventually, I had narrowed my search down to this, a Taylor 814ce, and the limited edition 314ce with Rosewood Back & Sides. Much to my surprise, the 814ce was the first one eliminated. The Martin and 314 were an extremely close match but there was just something with the Martin that just stood out to me. The tone is extremely well rounded for one and the guitar seemed to have more volume. I ultimately went with this guitar and nearly half a year later the guitar has gotten even better. The neck is extremely comfortable on this and the finish feels amazing. It's a satin/natural type finish on it which was what I wanted. The tone just gets richer and fuller as time goes on. I go in shops now playing their acoustics and have been yet to find any model that sounds as good as this one, in any price range I might add. I'm definitely glad I picked this guitar and would highly advise anyone who is looking at the 314 or even 814 to give this a try first.
Music background: Worship Musician, Session Guitarist


I wasn't sure which acoustic guitar I wanted so I went to a local music store who stocks every major manufacturer. They have a sound proof room which was great for comparing tone and projection. I spent about five hours there until I finally narrowed it down to two brands, Taylor and Martin. The store was getting ready to close so I came back the following week. During the week after researching online, I decided to go with an acoustic/electric so that eliminated quite a few guitars from my list. I had a budget so that excluded the top and bottom end of the two guitar lines. They had a couple of acoustic guitar amps so I could listen to both unplugged and amped sound. After just a couple of hours, I narrowed it down to the Taylor 814ce ES2 Custom and the Martin GPCPA4R. Both played easily and had great necks. I kept switching between the two guitars. The Taylor was a little too thin and trebley sounding both unplugged and amped. The Martin had a well balanced, bold tone with great projection. The unplugged and amped tones were natural and clear. I decided on the Martin GPCPA4 in Rosewood.Since I buy all my gear from Sweetwater, I went outside to call and get a price quote and to see if they had any in stock. The price was much better than the music store and they had two to choose from. I waited to get home since they had the actual photos, not stock photos, of the two Martins they had available.I chose the one I wanted and received it two days later. Being November and cold outside, I had to wait, what seemed a lifetime, to keep the guitar in the shipping box until the guitar reached room temperature. To be on the safe side, I waited until the next morning. I took it out of the two boxes, opened up the case and the scent of Rosewood filled the room. The setup was great right out of the box. This guitar plays and sounds great! Sweetwater even e-mailed me eight photos, from every angle of this sweet guitar. I would recommend this guitar to any serious musician who's looking for a fantastic sounding acoustic/electric well built guitar.
Music background: Professional Musician and Playing over 52 years

Awesome Experience.

The guitar was exactly as I had expected, fast neck and action. The only thing better than the instrument was the service! I got the guitar much faster than I expected, the people at Sweetwater went out of their way to help me purchase the right guitar.
Music background: retired professional musician

The Perfect Guitar

This guitar is amazing... It is perfect for my style of playing--fingerstyle.Action is great....It resonates much more and sustains a note longer than most wooden guitars...could be due to the rosewood back and sides. Great looking one friend from my church said who was another guitar player really seems to shine on the stage. Wide and thinner neck makes it easier to play than most guitars. And wow it has that clean crisp Martin sound. It sounds good when not amplified, and even better when played through my amplifier
Music background: Church musician

Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood Guitar

I have owned this guitar for almost 5 months. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. The sound unplugged is typical Martin. The sound plugged in is also top of the line. I like the deeper body and the smaller (than a dreadnaught) size. I used this guitar to replace a Taylor. The Taylor was very playable but did not have the full sound like a Martin. The Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood is just as easy to play as the Taylor but blows it away with the sound. I did switch to the Martin Flexible Core Strings. The action is low and easy to play. I play both with a flat pick and finger style. I would easily recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a quality guitar in an affordable price range.
Music background: I played in public and church, but mostly play as a hobby now
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars