The Martin GPCX1AE Acoustic Electric Guitar is the perfect guitar for player looking for great performance with simple but well thought out basics. A Solid Sitka Spruce Top is paired with HPL Mahogany Back and Sides. A select hardwood neck is topped with a Richlite Fingerboard. The bridge is also made from Richlite. An onboard electronics system, the Sonitone from Fishman allows allows access to anything with an input.
A solid top makes all the difference in the world when it comes to tone. Sitka Spruce has long been the go to wood for acoustic guitars. It's plentiful, stable, easy to work with and sounds great! A Solid top, rather than laminate, provides a more resonate playing experience. A lot of laminate guitars feel stiff but not the GPCX1AE! While the back and sides are made of high pressure laminated mahogany, this offers stability and rigidity allowing the instrument to be treated with a little less care than one with all solid woods. A Rust Birch Laminate neck with and rubbed finish is topped with a rich lite fingerboard that essentially looks and sounds like Ebony. The Bridge is also constructed from this material as well.
A Laminate Rust Birch Neck is carved to the Performing Artist Profile with the high performance taper. This is a supremely easy playing neck thanks to is modest C size and shape. The High Performance taper keeps the neck thin as it climbs. A lot of vintage guitars have necks that plump up as you climb. Years back, slimmer necks with less of a taper made a huge impact when introduced by another manufacturer.
Martin has been building legendary instruments since 1833. They have never built better guitars from their entry level to Custom Shop than they are right now. Modern Manufacturing technique like utilizing a Plek Machine mixed with their old world craftsmanship yields the best sounding and playing guitars we have ever had. You can certainly find a guitar at a comfortable price point with ease these days and Martin should be one of the 1st brands to investigate.