MARTIN PERFORMING ARTIST SERIES GPCPA5K REVIEW

In that respect, a top-end all-solid-wood guitar is often more demanding of your commitment and technique to get the best from it. The Grand Performance body enables a vast stage presence through its big and chunky tones — seeking attention and deservedly getting it, while the electronics packed inside naturally enhance it. The laminate is Koa patterned which gives it a really nice look. And whilst it is a great sound for folk, it also worked really well for other styles and I particularly enjoyed playing blues on it. The fretboard is made from Black Richlite — the same as what they use on the bridge. They are different guitars. In some ways that was personal preference because I prefer a warmer tone.

Two classy looking knobs and an LED screen give you access to volume, tone, a phase option and, most usefully, an onboard automatic chromatic tuner: No, the ‘5’-tier Performing Artist series guitars use HPL high pressure laminates with a koa-pattern top layer to make it look pretty. Yep, lots of letters and numbers: Wow a Martin for less than ? Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment. Interesting that it gives less warping than wood. Not as boomy or loud as the dreadnought so for those who prefer a less boomy bass-heavy sound then this might be for you. The main differences between these two guitars are the following:

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Yep, lots of letters and numbers: In some ways that was personal preference because I prefer a warmer tone. This PAK5 is not quite your average dreadnought-y tonal monster, the Grand Performance shape has stunning volume potential.

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Comments holly cow man. Neck really nice to play on — really shallow curve in the neck — should be marton easy for most to play and a pleasure to play. If you want to check out some other options under 1, or want to compare the GPCPA5K to others, check out my top 5 acoustics under 1, at the link below.

Great sound when palm muting and equally good with finger picking, strumming and flat picking. There are several other perfirming in the performing artist series, the most similar being: So the guitar is set up for a light gauge 0.

I still think the action is a little high and I need to adjust the bridge. The bridge is made from something called Black Richlite. Hey Nathan As always, perforimng good writing here. Widen your view, however, and there’s no absolute reason why acoustic guitars have to have bound tops”.

As is custom on sixstringacoustic. The nut is fairly wide at The fretboard is made from Black Richlite — the same as what they use sdries the bridge.

Hello Nate- Which guitar would you recommend between these two? Hey Jolie — great question.

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Generations of new players, however, couldn’t care less about all that and it’s to them that this guitar will appeal. It has a good dynamic range too so will sound good when playing softly or loudly. Of course it will always sound a bit different in real life but this should give you some idea to see if martij sound is for you. But I would experiment with different strings to see what you like the sound of the most. Changing bridge pins and nut performibg be inexpensive.

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Out of the 3 I preferred the Martin hands down. Viewed with traditionalist eyes, it jars worse than John Wayne in a shellsuit. Glad you liked the review.

It feels nice to play on — smooth and fast. A ton of very good information for the shopper perflrming beginner guitarist. This beastly performer may have cost twice as much in the not do distant past.

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Hey Alex — thanks man! I would have just called it GCP5K to make it easier to remember but hey it probably sounds flasher as it is! Value for money In my opinion, absolutely yes. Instead, we have a pleasing spread of bass and treble – what it lacks rsview punch and authority, it makes up for performinf a sound and response that doesn’t require you to work too hard as a player.

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By contrast, the dreadnought sounds somewhat ‘hi-fi’; it’d sit well in a layered recording, but you’d have trouble punching out of an acoustic ensemble.

In that respect, a top-end all-solid-wood guitar is often more demanding of your commitment and technique to get the best from it. It’s worth taking a moment to feel happy about how much onboard preamps have improved in recent years: