Review: Martin's Road Series GPC-13E blends the classic Martin sound with a modern approach

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When the Martin Grand Performance acoustic guitar model made its debut about 10 years ago, it was the first new body size for a flat-top model introduced by the company in several decades. 

With dimensions falling in-between those of Martin’s smaller 000/OM and larger D sizes (with the exception of body width that is slightly bigger than a Dreadnought), the Grand Performance model was inspired by the curvaceous “small jumbo” designs developed by boutique luthiers like James Olson and Kevin Ryan. The Grand Performance is perfect for players seeking a more modern tonal character, and it has quickly become one of Martin’s best-selling models.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.