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Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Excellent value with a solid spruce top and convenient Fishman F1 Analog electronics.

One of Martin's most affordable Performing Artist models, the DCPA5K is available in a dreadnought body size with a solid Sitka spruce top, koa-patterned high pressure laminate back and sides, High Performance Neck and Fishman's F1 Analog electronics.

Fishman's F1 Analog preamp system
The F1 Analog has 2 control knobs and one display. By pressing the volume button down for 2 seconds the tuner is activated. The innovative one-knob tone control lets you choose between a natural, undersaddle sound with no EQ (fully counter-clockwise) on up to a "mid- scooped" tone with emphasized treble & bass and reduced midrange. Pressing the tone knob repearedly cycles through various phase settings that improve bass response while aiming to suppress unwanted feedback. Case sold separately.

Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • D-14 size
    Solid Sikta spruce top
    Koa Wood Pattern HPL back and sides
    Hybrid ''X'' scalloped top bracing
    Black Richlite fingerboard
    Fishman's F1 Analog features
    Volume Control
    Tone control with mid-scooped tone
    Digital chromatic tuner
    Phase control to improve bass and suppress feedback
    Case sold separately

Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Model: DCPA5K
    Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
    Body Size: D-14 Fret Cutaway
    Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
    Rosette: Two Ring
    Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
    Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
    Back Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    Side Material: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    Neck Material: Brown Stratabond
    Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
    Nut Material: White Corian
    Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
    Headplate: Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
    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
    Finish Top: Hand Rubbed Finish
    Bridge Material: Black Richlite
    Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly
    Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16''
    Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
    Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
    Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
    Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Inlay
    Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
    Case: Available as an option
    Interior Label: Black Foil
    Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog

Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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  • Incredible sound

    As reviewed by Mark Simmons on 7/9/2012

    I already have a Martin X series which I am very happy with. I had been thinking about getting a second steel string. I have two classicals also. I would occaisionally stop in Guitar Center and see what was available. I would play some of the more expensive Martins but They just didn't have the sound I was looking for. I stopped in about two months ago and saw this guitar hanging on the wall. I took it off of the wall and played only two chords with it, that was all it took. I went and got the sales rep. and put that guitar on lay away. I have since brought it home. It has the fullest and richest sound of any guitar I have ever played, including the more expensive ones. I could not be happier. Once again I am reminded why I am a Martin guitar guy.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great Martin Guitar

    As reviewed by Daniel Hurley on 2/22/2013

    After about 8 years of playing a $175 Ibanez acoustic guitar I finally decided to pull the trigger on this Martin. I spent several months doing research and lots of hours in guitar center playing anything and everything around the $1,000 range. I played the Martin DCPA4 and could not tell a difference in tone/playability versus this one....and it was priced at $450 more. The last two guitars I narrowed it down to were this Martin and the Taylor 214ce that was priced at $999. The Taylor had a very nice neck - almost felt like I was playing my strat - but the entire guitar was laminate (plus I don't particularly love the glossy laminate look). Also the tone of the taylor was not as full, it was more sparkly - almost too much for heavy strumming. I really enjoy the full bodied sound of this Martin - the harder you strum the better it sounds. It has great resonance and range when playing unplugged, and also sounds great plugged in. The F1 fishman analog system looks sleek, and includes the onboard tuner (which the Taylor did not have). The left knob on the F1 is very useful for achieving your desired acoustic tone while plugged in. This guitar is a very beautiful, simple design. I really love the look of the hpl koa and the stratabond. I got this guitar for $150 off purchase price at guitar center's valentines day sale. Also traded in an old 12 string acoustic and was pleased with the amount the gave me for the trade. My cost out of pocket was only about $500..a steal! I would recommend this guitar to anyone who is in the market for a high end acoustic guitar that isn't going to break the bank. I have played the $3k-$4k Taylors and Gibsons, and simply can't fathom paying that much money for a guitar, when there are others that rival the sound/quality....for a fraction of the cost.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • A standout guitar

    As reviewed by cj rossi on 12/18/2012

    I played and compared alot of guitars, both above, within and below this price point, over two days, and this guitar stood out. The sound is that of a more expensive guitar, but the HPL instead of real solid KOA brings the price down to bargain-land. I tried the next step up, the DCPA4K and didn't notice any difference worth another $600. This "Performing Artist series" guitar has two features that are handy for the gigging artist - an easy neck shape and action, and a pickup with a 'phase control' that helps suppress the sonic gremlins that amplified, higher volume acoustic electric can sometimes unleash. I preferred this over the comparable Taylors, and the Takamines and Fenders suffered under direct comparison - even though they came with solid woods and 'better' electronics... this guitar is a testament to how good WORKMANSHIP and CRAFT can trump wood and electronics.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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