Martin releases new Performing Artist Series acoustic/electrics
(John Gorbe | Posted 2011-01-21)
Martin Guitars announced additions to its “Performing Artist Series” acoustic/electric guitsra at Winter NAMM 2011 in Anaheim - the DCPA4 (pictured top left), GPCPA4 and the OMCPA4.
Just as their predecessors, the new models feature all solid-wood construction, with tops made of bookmatched Sitka spruce and back and sides are African sapele, which resembles mahogany in sight and sound. The soundboards on these guitars also inherent Martin’s hybrid “A-Frame” scalloped bracing.
Since acoustic/electric players often use their guitars for solo passages, the necks on the new models have a slim, fast feel with a taper at the 12th fret for a more comfortable playing in the higher register. The bridge spacing is 2 3/16”, making for a versatile instrument whether you like to strum or fingerpick.
Finally, we see the addition of the new Fishman F1 Analog electronics system, which is controlled by two low profile buttons for volume and tone and a chromatic tuner.
MSRP for all three guitars is $1599.99 USD
GPC-42E Amazon Rosewood
Additionally, Martin has released a limited edition model exclusive to the NAMM show, the GPC-42E Amazon Rosewood.
This model is anointed with solid Amazon rosewood back and sides. This is a great choice because it’s a close relative to Brazilian rosewood in terms of looks and sound. The wood creates a rich array of complex tones that is a perfect compliment to the Adirondack red spruce top.
Upscale ($9999.99 MSRP) features include a dovetailed neck to body joint – a first for the performing artist series; Heart abalone ornaments the top; and an ebony fingerboard bound in ivoroid and inlaid with Martin’s Golden era style-45 snowflake pattern. I must add that this snowflake pattern is a great look on these guitars.
The GPC-42E comes equipped with the upgraded Fishman F1 Aura featuring the award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology. This system includes: a digital chromatic tuner, volume and blend controls, 3-band EQ, compressor, phase control and a 3-notch automatic feedback filter.
From a press release and informtion on the Martin website: www.martinguitar.com.