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Martin Performing Artist OMCPA5 Cutaway Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Martin's popular 000-14 Fret body with a Jett Black HPL textured finish and Fishman Analog F1 Analog electronics make for an impressive hybrid.

Winner of a Guitar World Gold Award for Perofmance, this affordable Performing Artist Model is great for gigging or practicing at home. It features a Jett Black HPL top and back and sides, and Fishman F1 Analog electronics to help it sing onstage. Other features of the OMCPA5 include a generous cutaway for better access to the higher frets, mortise/tenon joint construction, a two-ring rosette, a Black Roian nut and compensated black Tusq saddle, and giving this"none more black" guitar a little contrast, chrome enclosed with small buttons.

Martin Performing Artist OMCPA5 Cutaway Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
    Body Size: 000-14 Fret
    Top: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
    Rosette: Two-Ring
    Top Bracing Pattern: X-Series ''X''
    Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
    Back Material: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
    Back Purfling: none
    Side Material: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
    Endpiece: none
    Endpiece Inlay: none
    Binding: none
    Top Inlay Style: none
    Side Inlay: none
    Back Inlay: none
    Neck Material: Black Stratabond
    Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
    Nut Material: Black Corian
    Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
    Headplate: Jett Black HPL Textured Finish
    Heelcap: none
    Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
    Scale Length: 25.4''
    Number Of Frets Clear: 14
    Number Of Frets Total: 20
    Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
    Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
    Fingerboard Position Inlays: Offset Dots - White ABS
    Fingerboard Binding: none
    Finish Back & Sides: none
    Finish Top: none
    Finish Neck: none
    Bridge Material: Black Richlite
    Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly
    Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
    Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Black Tusq
    Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
    Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
    Bridge & End Pins: Black with White Dots
    Pickguard: none
    Case: Available as an option
    Interior Label: Foil Label
    Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog

Martin Performing Artist OMCPA5 Cutaway Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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  • Nice gig guitar

    As reviewed by Douglas Deierlein on 4/9/2014

    I bought this guitar a week ago. I bought it specifically to use as a gigging guitar. It replaces an Ovation Legend, a nice enough guitar, but was not a good guitar for playing while sitting which the Martin allows. When I got the guitar home I lowered the saddle somewhat as I prefer the action lower than a Martin setup. This is the first 000 I've owned and I really like playing it. My other 6 string acoustics, except for the Ovation, have been dreadnaughts. This guitar has a black, textured surface, and it holds up well in respect to fingerprints, smudges, etc. It comes with a built in tuner which was very accurate. The intonation was excellent as you would expect with a Martin. Volume was quite balanced across the frequency spectrum. The volume and tone controls were handy and blended into guitar and didn't stick out. When plugged into a PA system this 000 really shines with a performance, in my opinion, far superior to a dreadnaught. The materials used to make this guitar are quite unconventional and seemed to make a difference in the harmonics which changes the tone in a subtle manner, mostly noticed when played acoustically and not plugged into an amp or PA system. It's because of the harmonics that I rated this a 4 rather than a 5 however because I use it strictly as a plugged in gigging guitar it's not relevant to my primary use. I highly recommend this guitar for the purpose it was intended.

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    As reviewed by walt young on 5/19/2014

    The guitar came double boxed. The guitar was in a Martin box sealed and un-played, in a bubble bag and nicely protected and secured. Not just thrown in a cheap box and sent out from the factory. I have to say this guitar is one Black Beauty. The quality and finish and attention to detail in as good as any Martin I have owned. As far as I am concerned the Mexico made Martins surpass any of the off shore guitars I have returned within a day. The black texture on the body is somewhat smooth. Not like the rough Rhino truck bed texture on one brand of guitar I tried. My main gigging guitar for two years has been a rosewood/spruce Performing Artist Martin. It is one work horse money maker. But nice wood guitars do not like drastic climate changes, sitting in the sun, or traveling in a hot car. I wanted to get the HPL version for travel this summer and probably any excuse to buy a new guitar. I prefer the 1 3/4 inch neck on these and the neck profile is a bit modified form the standard low profile Martin necks. At first it took a little getting use to over the standard Martin neck but now I don?t think about it. The neck has a smooth fast satin finish and the frets are finished nicely on the ends. If you have any concern about the Richlite fingerboard, do not. It is hard, bullet proof, looks and plays nice. The Stratabond laminated neck is made up of thin boards and has a black transparent finish on it. It at least looks like it belongs on the guitar. About the HPL for the body. I have had a few expensive carbon fiber guitars and sold off every one of them. This counter top stuff to my ear sounds better unplugged and not to mention way less expensive. The body depth on the Black is about 3 7/8 inch and on my Rosewood 4 3/8 inch. This could be to save a little weight perhaps? The overall balance is good, it is a bit heavier of course than the rosewood but nothing uncomfortable to play for four hours at a time. As for action height it came set fine for most. After playing on this for a night I find I would like the saddle a bit higher. I ordered a black Tusk Martin saddle and it was perfect height. Just needed a little touch up sanding. (Note here: that with the braided piezo on these the saddle has to be dead perfect flat on the bottom) At the same time I also got some traditional size Tusq bridge pins. It came with Martin Extended life strings. I prefer SP Martins myself. The truss rod was a bit tight and it needed a little neck relief. This needs a long hex wrench. If you don?t know anything about neck relief let someone do it that does. Its not a big adjustment. The HPL is not woody sounding but not unpleasant either. It is as woody sounding as any of the plywood guitars out there. Plugged in the Fishman electronics in these will make even a 2 X 4 with strings sound good. This is not just a practice play at home guitar. There is no reason not to gig with it. In stores they usually carry a different versions of the black HPL?s that have a standard width neck. At least in my area. Unless you prefer the standard width neck and bit smaller body on the other models If I might suggest as I did, just order the Performing Artist Black and wait a few days to get it. I find nothing what so ever wrong with this guitar. It is all man made materials but that is what I wanted. For a gigging musician you should be quite happy with the sound and quality of this guitar. It does not come with a case. A dreadnaught case will fit it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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