Proudly made in Navojoa, Mexico, Martin's Road Series guitars were conceived as affordable, solid-wood acoustic-electrics that meet the challenging demands of gigging musicians. These hard-working guitars are designed to sound right, night after night, and also stand up to the rigors of the road. As the name “Road Series” implies, here’s a great-sounding Martin guitar that’s ready to go on tour.
The now-discontinued Martin GPCRSGT features a Grand Performance body constructed of a solid a Sitka Spruce top and solid Sapele back and sides. The GPCRSGT produces a well-balanced sound that is versatile—great for heavy strumming, but plenty of articulation for delicate fingerpicking. The GP is a great body size for modern players who need to cover a wide territory of sound, and the cutaway makes it easy to get all the way down the fingerboard. Because it's all solid wood, its tone rivals that of guitars many times more expensive. Under the hood, the GPCRSGT uses Martin’s A-frame X-bracing pattern, and it has a 1-3/4" nut width and a 25.4" scale. It also has Fishman Sonitone electronics built-in, so it's ready for the stage.
- Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
- Body Size: 14-Fret Grand Performance with Cutaway
- Top: Solid Sitka spruce
- Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame ''X-1''
- Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
- Back & Sides Material: Solid Sapele
- Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
- Nut Material: White Corian
- Nut Width: 1-3/4"
- Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
- Scale Length: 25.4''
- Finish Top: Polished Gloss
- Finish Back & Sides: Satin
- Finish Neck: Satin
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
- Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
- Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
- Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
This 2017 Martin GPCRSGT shows some play wear, but it's a great-sounding Martin acoustic-electric with a lot to offer. Most severe is some wear on the treble side—where the guitar rests on your knee—and also on the bass side of the lop, where your arm comes across on the lower bout (see photos). Fret wear is minimal, and there is no history of repairs or issues. The current setup is nice and playable with light gauge strings. Original deluxe soft case included. This is a great deal for a solid-wood Martin box!