At Telluride Music Co., we are honored to be an Authorized Dealer of C.F. Martin guitars. One of Martin’s newest body designs, the Grand Performance combines some of the best features of iconic Martin designs to deliver a tone that is a perfect fit for modern guitar players. Not quite as a big as the Jumbo body, the Grand Performance combines the lower bout and depth of a Dreadnought with the tight waist and narrow upper bout of an Orchestra Model. The result is a tone that is big, full and complex, but also punchy and dynamic. The Grand Performance can handle both flat-picking and finger-picking equally well, but it really shines with more versatile, hybrid playing styles—particularly those that rely on dynamics and the percussive elements of playing. When you add the cutaway and the Performing Artist neck taper, this is the perfect body for the newest generation of acoustic guitarists. With a solid Sitka Spruce top and solid Sapele back and sides, the GPCPA4 is warm and woody sounding. It can be powerful and big when pushed, but it can also be delicate and restrained with a softer touch. Like all of the Performing Artists Series instruments, advanced Fishman electronics push the GPCPA4 to an incredibly usable level. The Fishman F1 Analog pickup is incredibly easy to use, and it does an excellent job of capturing the guitar’s natural acoustic tone. We love the Style-17 Sunburst on the Shaded top version of the GPCPA4. Overall, this GPCPA4 Shaded is a gorgeous guitar that produces beautiful tone either acoustic or plugged in. It’s also an excellent value and a great fit for modern guitarists. Please call (970) 728-9592 or e-mail for an in-hand description.