ONE GREAT SOUNDING GUITAR
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.