Martin GPCPA1 Review: Acoustic and Electrics

Martin GPCPA1 Review: Acoustic and Electrics

This Martin GPCPA1 review will prove that the “Performing Artist” series is an indication that Martin is committed to innovating guitars for evolving players and new niches.

A Feast for All the Senses – Almost

First of all, the Martin GPCPA1 smells like ambrosia and it is really lovely to look at. It has a curvy Grand Performance body; its back and sides are made from East Indian rosewood and its top from solid Sitka. Tapered gradually down the whole length of the guitar, the neck is shaped in the profile of the Performing Artist. The endpins, nut, and saddle are Tusq, which gives life to the whole look.

Certainly, this Martin GPCPA1 review would not be complete without describing its adornment. It is lovely and subtle – a striking pearl rosette enclosed by a double ring with a black accent; triple black purfling on the top, and a simple fretboard inlays. The pickguard resembles a country-western look. The ebony headplate features the classic C.F. Martin logo in pearl down the middle. The 25.4 inches scale neck is satin-finished and has a 1 ¾ inches nut that is fingerstyle-friendly. The fretboard is attached in golden-colored ovangkol that complements the body binding. The soundhole has a hybrid X-brace.

Electrified or Sweet Acoustic Tones

The intoxicating tone that this guitar produces is worth discussing in this Martin GPCPA1 review. The pairing of Indian rosewood and spruce creates a beautiful combination of clarity and warmth, bursting with overtones that would make your ears thrilled for hours. Lower tunings boast Martin’s remarkable capability for big bass sounds without sounding tubby or overdriving the box. If you use a standard tuning, the GPCPA1 offers a sweet fingerstyle tone. However, if you put in a flatpick, it could really woof with great definition.

With the Fishman Aura system, the sound of the guitar would be like it was played through a microphone and not through a pickup system. Also, using an algorithm that can emulate the interaction of the microphone with warm, woody, open, breathy presence of a real acoustic, it can produce studio-level clarity that you can turn up really loud.

A good discovery about this Martin GPCPA1 review is that it whether you want to play R&B, blues, classic rock, and funk, this guitar will not let you down.

By following directions from Martin, the first step is to set the highest volume possible without overdriving. Then, to blend between the Aura image and the undersaddle pickup, turn the Edit button (you need to choose the microphone image for the Edit button). The difference between every image is clear, so it is important to get to know them before choosing one for a certain situation.

As for the verdict of this Martin GPCPA1 review, this guitar deserves admiration. It is a great-playing, great-sounding, stage-friendly instrument that has a lot of features following the Martin tradition. It will not take long to master the F1 Aura System. Plus, unlike a lot of acoustic/electrics that tend to compromise on both aspects, the GPCPA1 shines in both areas.