Martin Guitars GPCPA4

Steel String Guitar

  • New "Grand Performance" body size
  • With cutaway
  • Top: Solid sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid sapele
  • Fretboard: Black richlite
  • Rosewood headstock (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 645 mm
  • Nut width: 44.45 mm
  • Performing Artist Belly Bridge: Black Richlite
  • Chrome machine heads
  • Delmar tortoise pickguard
  • Fishman F1 analog pickup system
  • Colour: Natural
  • Includes Brown 375PA hardshell case
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Design Grand Perfomance
Top Spruce
Back And Sides Sapele
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Richlite
Nut width in mm 44,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
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Simply ... great!

Luigi0211, 14.09.2012
I had come to Thomann with the rather firm intention to buy a Takamine 15 or 16 C (which I still consider to be excellent instruments). The exceptionally patient and pleasantly unobtrusive Thomann seller let me really try all similar guitars for hours and cross-over again and again.
In addition to the Takas and the Martin came also Gibson, Lakewood, Seagull, Art & Lutherie and Yamaha to the casting.

The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe was given the optics prize, which for its almost 3000EUR really a great sight mediated ... unfortunately the sound was by far not so impressive, even more simple and faded, just like the other devices next to the -optisch hopeless Martin !
Admittedly, I have not got used to the new form "Grand Performance" after nearly a year, but it obviously contributes to a unique sound experience! The particularity of this guitar lies in the balance of all frequency ranges on the one hand, and on the other hand in the very pronounced, light metallic but warm sound. So whether you play plugged or unplugged, chord chords or gently pull the strings, or even want to play solos - with this guitar, this is all possible without any restrictions!

The pickup's controls are deliberately spartan, two simple, flat dials determine volume and tone. Pressing the volume knob activates the tuner, which operates precisely (440Hz) and clearly indicates how it needs to be screwed using red and green LEDs. The pitch is also displayed as a letter, which means that other than the default setting is possible. The mechanics on the head are very solid and work perfectly. The same applies to the bridge and the entire workmanship, including the suitcase, a really noble part with gold placemat, green velvet and a large box for accessories, in which the delivery certificate and the handsigned certificate of the final quality test are delivered.

So, to this point, so pure enthusiasm and really nothing at all that should be criticized ... perhaps one could have hidden the cables in the body better, so that these do not bounce in front of the sound hole, but that is already picky;)
Rather, I am sorry that for some time on the ceiling small black spots are visible, which can not be removed by simply drüberwischen. Also on the ceiling dark stripes have formed, the really makellose surface a bit cloudy ... I will probably show on my next visit in Treppendorf times and then get the usual good advice and immediate problem solution ...

Overall, therefore, an unqualified recommendation, absolutely try out, if you are looking for a Western guitar in the> 1000 EUR price class, this is guaranteed one of the hottest candidates.
My bandmate plays by the way a Takamine 16C (therefore my original purchase intention) and these two guitars in the duo are really an unbeatable team!
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A most recommendable guitar

Jean-Patrick H., 02.05.2013
My purchase was made after the possible audition on the site of Thomann, at least for the MARTIN guitars. This guitar gives me total satisfaction with the sound color, the correctness whatever the position, the ease of play. It lends itself pleasantly to the interpretation of different repertories and techniques of play and overflows with happiness the field of picking and Of the accompaniment. The case, with which it is delivered, although quite heavy, is a guarantee against all shocks.
The Thomann team, on the other hand, responded very seriously and cordially to all my questions. Comparative sound tests are an excellent initiative and should be extended to all instruments presented.
This is why the guitar is as recommendable as the site.
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