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Demo: Martin's GPC-13E offers classic Martin looks with a modern, vibrant sound

Upon its debut a decade ago, Martin's Grand Performance acoustic guitar model immediately became one of the company's best-selling instruments.

The GPC-13E, an updated version of the GPCRSG, is one of the latest and greatest examples of the Grand Performance series - now numbering around a dozen models. Recently, one example found its way into the capable hands of our Tech Editor, Paul Riario.

With nifty, high-performing Fishman MX-T electronics mounted inside the guitar - without any holes cut into the sides - the GPC-13E blends a modern approach with classic Martin looks and sound.

Plus, at $1,699, it's not a bad value for a gig-ready acoustic with unmistakable Martin tone.

You can watch Paul put the acoustic through its paces in the video above. If you like what you see, check out our full review of the guitar right here.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.