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Martin's use of solid East Indian rosewood in the Custom Performer DCPA4 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar adds gorgeous tonal color and variety to its already full-sounding solid Sitka sp... Read More

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Martin's use of solid East Indian rosewood in the Custom Performer DCPA4 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar adds gorgeous tonal color and variety to its already full-sounding solid Sitka spruce top. This road-worthy model has a 14-fret cutaway for soloing. The fast and comfortable Performing Artist profile neck makes even long gigs or sessions a pleasure. Fishman's F1 Analog onboard electronics convey quality acoustic tones that excel both on stage and in studio. Other significant features include Hybrid "X" bracing usually found on more expensive models and a durable Black Richlite fingerboard. Made in Nazareth, PA, USA. Includes case.

Fishman's F1 pickup and preamp system
The heart of this onboard intelligence is its ability to replicate the sound of nine different world-class studio microphones. Delivered in an intuitive menu driven interface that is very versatile with controls placed in perfect position for total ease of operation while performing. Controlled with two low-profile control buttons and a single large, bright LED display. Placed in perfect position for total ease of operation while performing.

Features
  • Model: DCPA4 RosewoodConstruction: 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: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Back Purfling: none
  • Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Endpiece: none
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: White Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: Black/White/Black Boltaron
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
  • Nut Material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Heelcap: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • 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: Style 28 - White Corian
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: Satin
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • 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 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Case: 345 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
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MartinCustom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The perfect acoustic electric

By Ray B

from El Dorado, Ca.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I love the tone of this guitar.. I bought it 4 years ago, and its my go to guitar.. I stopped playing my Taylor 810, then sold it.. The Martin has a nice low response and a beautiful shimmer on the high end. The electronics are perfect, nice and siimple..played thru a Fishman Loudbox its perfect.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i would buy one again

    By Cobra

    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Went to guitar center and purchased a Taylor then went back again and played the Martin and Taylor again guess what I told the store manager if I can return the Taylor because the Sound from the Martin was amazing pay a little more but is worth it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great playability and Feel!!!

    By Zen2muZ

    from Jerseyville IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This Guitar delievers on mutilple levels. Not only is this a beatiful instrument, it's sound is full around. this Is my 1st Martin, I have to say this guitar will not dissapoint. you might read that the electronics pre amp aren't hot enough, but I beg to differ. In all aspects of what a guitar should be the DCPA4 is in all Rights everybit of what Ive read about the Maritn legacy.

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      5.0

      very pleased!

      By Six String Steve

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Love the guitar! It looks brand new. Since it was an open box, the strings were a couple of years old, it appeared. Either way, a new set brought the Martin back to life. The reptile skin case is killer!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best acoustic for the money

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          My parents gave me a $1000 to get a nicer guitar and I played countless guitars over and over, obsessing about which one was the best for the budget. The DCPA4R has this full yet balanced tone and in just 2 months since I bought it, it had already improved further in tonal quality. I plugged it in only once at a store and she sounded quite amazing. The neck is crazy smooth even for my smaller hands, easy bar chords all the way up to the 12th. So I ended up paying some extra on top of the original budget but with a 20% discount deal before Xmas I feel like I got the best guitar for the money available. Another plus: The rosewood smells absolutely fantastic.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect Martin guitar for folk player

          By Lester

          from Harrison, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Solid Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Folk
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This is the best guitar I've ever owned, and trust me I have played a lot of martin and taylor high end guitars this is though not the best it is still on the top level, the sound is rich and warm, treble is a little flat but it is how Martin guitar should sound. Forget about the taylor 314ce and this is the one every folk player should have.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect for Me

            By Bruce

            from Atlanta, GA

            Pros

            • Built-in Electronics
            • Made in the USA
            • Martin Quality And Feel
            • Outstanding Tone Sound
            • Solid Rosewood And Spruce

            Cons

            • None really

            Best Uses

            • Playing In Church Or Bars

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This was my first premium guitar purchase, having played for years i was finally ready to get a premium, solid wood guitar. What I like about this guitar is of course the Martin sound - great for my type of acoustic rock and folk music. I wanted a made in the USA but also solid wood guitar. I also needed electronics as I play in a church band. This model has it all but costs over $1,000 less than the D-28.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Powerful guitar to empower real guitarists

            By Will V.

            from Hollywood, CA

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            As a collector of high end guitars, my limited and custom electric guitars outweighed my acoustics. Originally searching for exotics, I was shocked to find this luxury guitar at such a low price. I got so many compliments after performing, which I probably wouldn't have gotten on my interim guitar. The dreadnought body really drives good power and bass outward/audience-ward, and can handle hard strumming when I push it. Authentic/vintage in sound, well rounded tone, balanced trebles and lows. Pickups usually can't handle bass well, but the new pickup handles absolutely fine, with no feedback, and sounds natural. The action is very conducive to acrobatics and agile passages, and in combination with the rich tone, make it a very nimble and capable guitar. Fingerpicking, flatpicking, aggressive, mellow, harmonics, tapping - guitar handles it all. Other guitars at this price point were the equivalent of flat coke, and pricier guitars struggled to keep up in tone. Deep overtone textures, rich sounds, the music I play just oozes luxury. The ebony fretboard and included hardshell wood case is a plus. My students can't put it down, and hate picking theirs back up. On stage, players before and after feel dwarfed. And producers/engineers compliment what a joy it is to record a real guitar in the studio. Even preferred over the studio guitars in the recording studios I work with (usually older series Martins). Martin really outdid themselves (literally) with their new Performing Artist series. Most people fall in love with music and guitar without realizing the expensive hobby they're falling into, and few have the means to proceed to purchase ridiculously priced guitars that sound good. Smart move by Martin, even though Martin could be charging twice as much for these. Very deserving of respect.

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            (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Angels Harp!

            By Carl Gifford

            from Bakersfield, CA

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I finally got ahead enough to buy one of these; my only regret now is that I didn't get one sooner! Sounds GREAT Acoustically! And I love the on board tuner that mutes for discrete tuning while plugged in. I tried playing through direct box to P.A. as I usually do, but it didn't seem like it sounded full enough...so I plugged it straight into P.A. amp and it came alive electrically. I have other acoustic electrics with slider "EQ" electronics, but I really like the simplicity of these analog control pots with push button tone shift. The craftsmanship and quality of this guitar is top rate first class. And the playability is fantastic excellent!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Guitar

            By Steven Dunfee

            from Mountain City, Tennessee

            Comments about Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I purchased the Martin DCPA4 Rosewood Dreadnought a couple weeks ago after trying out about a dozen different guitars including other Martin models, Taylors, Breedloves & Gibsons. I was sold on this model for the tonal quality it offered at its price point. Now that I've had it for a couple of weeks I am finding that every day I play it I like it even better. In fact, I have a hard time putting it down. Sounds great unplugged and plugged in the Fishman F1 system really delivers. My band mates instantly noticed a significant improvement in our sound the first time we practiced with me playing my new axe. I am over the moon with this guitar and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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