Martin Road Series GPC-13E Mutenye Grand Performance Electro Acoustic

A workhorse cutaway acoustic for the contemporary musician

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Sam Beattie

Combining solid premium tonewoods with a modern Grand Performance cutaway design, the Martin GPC-13E is a polished workhorse that’ll work wonders for every playing style.

The Martin Cutaway

First of all, a glossy Sitka Spruce top is familiar territory. As are the sloping curves and simple Martin headstock design. But that’s just about where the familiarity ends with this bold addition to the Martin line-up.

Muteneye was chosen for the back and sides. This hardwood often features a luxurious caramel hue with wavy figuring, and it delivers a full, bassy tone with articulate mids and highs – perfectly complementing the Martin sound. Next up, Richlite is used for the fretboard and bridge, known for its contrasting dark appearance and tonal consistency.

Finally, and crucially, Martin have loaded the GPC-13E with Fishman MX-T electronics. This soundhole pickup features subtly tucked away controls and a built-in tuner that comes with a mute feature. Tune in silence on stage without any hassle!

Here’s what Martin say:

With a gorgeous glossed Sitka spruce top and Mutenye back and sides, this solid wood Grand Performance cutaway model is a great sounding guitar at an affordable price. New to this model are stunning mother-of-pearl pattern fingerboard and rosette inlays, a multi-stripe rosette border, and white binding. It has a Richlite fingerboard and bridge, gloss body, and a hand-rubbed neck finish. Also new to this model is a Fishman MX-T electronics package with a built-in soundhole tuner that auto mutes the audio output so you can tune up any time without using a pedal. This guitar comes with a soft-shell case so it is Road-ready to join you on all of your adventures!


  • Body Size: Grand Performance 14 Fret Cutaway
  • Finish Top: Gloss
  • Construction: Mortise & Tenon Neck Joint
  • Back & Side Finish: Gloss
  • Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
  • Bridge Material: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Fretboard: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Bracing Pattern: X Brace
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Brace Shape: Scalloped
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 3/4''
  • Top Material: Sitka Spruce
  • Neck Shape: Performing Artist
  • Back Material: Mutenye
  • Neck Taper: High Performance Taper
  • Side Material: Mutenye
  • Electronics: Fishman MX-T
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
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