“The Inception is an acoustic to be experienced – its finely-tuned voice will resonate among many players”: Martin GPCE Inception Maple review

Skeletonized bracing, domestic tonewoods, super-premium build and a ride that's like your favorite electric? Martin's new acoustic has a lot going on...

Martin GPCE Inception Maple
(Image: © Martin Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

The impressive Martin Guitar GPCE Inception Maple is a step forward in a nouveau acoustic that utilizes domestic tonewoods and innovative design to project its warmly enhanced voice but at its core retains that fundamental “Martin tone.”


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    Strong projection and warmth.

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    Body style and neck offer comfort and electric playability.

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    Top-of-the-line LR Baggs Anthem electronics.

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    Eye-catching Amber Fade Sunburst finish.


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    Some players may prefer traditional tonewoods.

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When you introduce a new acoustic guitar with a name like “Inception,” it stirs up at least one pressing question about a movie with the same name – at least for me. That said, I quickly found out Inception isn’t some fanciful collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and Martin Guitar for an instrument that manipulatively invades your dreams.

Instead, it’s an acoustic that bears an imaginative design using sustainably harvested tonewoods, and if anything, might ideally “plant” some genuine musical inspiration in you with its warmly focused response.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.