This 2015 Martin JCPA4 listed for $1800+ new and it's essentially "new old stock." It’s in nearly spotless cosmetic condition, has an excellent Fishman F-1 analog electronics system, and great low action. Since the number plate just said "custom" rather than an actual model, I called Martin with the serial number and was told that this is "a base JCPA4 with a Jumbo Cutaway rosewood body and upgraded binding and electronics." This is the only "JCPA4" I have handled, and I didn't realize the slightly different dimensions or the upgrades available in the Performing Artist series. It is a fine example of this next generation of Martin acoustic technology.

However, someone in the store dropped it on its end pin, causing a small crack on either side of the pin and breaking the plastic battery cover. The cracks are professionally fixed and nearly invisible; the battery cover is supposedly on order, but I’m offering it "as is" because I don't know how long Martin will take to send me the piece of plastic [when it arrives the price on eBay will be $200 more].

This JCPA4 guitar is in very good playing condition, as you would expect of a 2015 Martin: straight neck, comfortable action, no fret wear, flat top, solid bridge, tight tuners, the action set up at 3/32” at the 12th fret low E, and the electronics work great. Cosmetically, the beautiful rosewood finish on the back and sides is in great condition, and above all there’s the Martin logo certifying that it was born and bred in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

The Martin hard shell case is original and is also New Old Stock [note the hang tags]: naturally, the hardware all works perfectly, and the familiar green plush interior is in great shape, as seen in the pictures. Most importantly, it offers great protection for this excellent guitar.

Buyer pays a flat rate of $55.00 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.

I believe that I have described this instrument fully and accurately. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions before offering to buy, as its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.

Thank you for your interest in this cool guitar.



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Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.

From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.

I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.