Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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One of Martin's most affordable Performing Artist Models, this dreadnought is great for gigging or practicing at home. It features a top of solid Sitka spruce, mahogany-patterned HPL back and sides, a... Read More

Overview

One of Martin's most affordable Performing Artist Models, this dreadnought is great for gigging or practicing at home. It features a top of solid Sitka spruce, mahogany-patterned HPL back and sides, a rust stratabond neck black richlite fingerboard, and Fishman F1 Analog electronics to help it sing onstage. Other accoutrements that give it a Delmar tortoise colored pickguard, offset white ABS dots for fingerboard inlays, chrome enclosed tuners, and white bridge and end pins with black inlays. Case sold separately.

Features
  • 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: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Side Material: Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
  • Nut Material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
  • Headplate: Mahogany Pattern HPL
  • 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
  • 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 with Small Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Inlay
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
  • Interior Label: Black Label
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
  • Case sold separately
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinPerforming Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
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5.0

Great guitar

By Reilander

from Mn

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Softer action and a deeper warmer tone. Very fun to play. I cannot put it down! Would recommend installing bone nut and saddle.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A super nice guitar

    By wizardb

    from Cordova (Memphis) TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Took this out of the sealed box at the store. Great right out of the box. Checked the setup when I got home and didn't change a thing. Easy to play, holds tuning well, nice clean construction--looks good. Changed the strings to D'Addario EJ17's medium only because that's my string of choice. Very happy with the purchase. Tried a Baby Taylor and a Little Martin before I settled on this one.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality for the Price

      By JD

      from Crowley, La.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Can't Find One Wrong

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      The sound of this guitar will make you not want to put is down. The beauty will make you just sit and stare at it all day. The price will leave you with money in the bank. The Martin DCPA5 is the guitar for you.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Product

      By Jaimito

      from Charlotte, NC

      Pros

      • Craftmanship
      • durability
      • Plug and Play

      Cons

      • Onboard tuner

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I searched for over a year for the "next" guitar, something better than the starter guitar I was playing. I wanted durability, quality construction, and ease of plug and play. I actually stumbled upon the High Pressure Laminate (HPL) in evaluating other composite constructions. I did not begin with Martin at all, but I am glad I ended there. I've had the DCPA5 (black, all HPL)since April, and I play it everyday. I can just plug it into one of my amps, or into the house system at church. I do not get bored with this guitar. I always get compliments on the uniqueness of it's looks, primarily due to it being all black, with a black stratabond neck. And most people seem shocked to see it is a Martin. The best compliment so far is from a friend who owns a D28. He said it is the perfect guitar. I know others guitars of great tone wood construction sound better in a small room, but once you plug them into amplification, you can model the sound however you like. My only complaint is with the built in tuner, which lacks granularity compared to others.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's a Martin... need I say more?

      By Al B Chillin

      from Charlotte, NC

      Pros

      • affordable
      • Crystal Clear Warm Tone
      • Great feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I played a whole heap of acoustic guitars while in the acoustic room, and this one sounded and felt better than any at comparable prices, and just as good if not better than a lot of more expensive models. The HPL back and sides may have turned me away had I not picked it up and played it. This guitar sounds wonderful! It has that clear, clean and rich, warm tone that Martin guitars are known for. Great buy!!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Warm Punchy Goodness

          By Richard

          from Dallas, Tx

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I cant get over the way this sounds. Most guitars will distort a little when you really strum hard. This thing keeps gushing out more tone. It begs to be played well. The build quality is astounding--as it should be for what you pay and the name. The laminate does not affect the sound in a negative way at all. I enjoyed the tone much more than the sparkly Taylors at the same price. The on-body tuner in the fishmann electronics is handy. Stays in tune well, especially if you play it a lot. Definitely play one. You'll know.

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It really is that good

          By John Lavazzo

          from Upstate NY

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          If any of you know what a Collings is, then you might be really confused as to why I would go from a Collings OM-2HA to this. I will spare you the details, so the short version is that I just could not justify leading worship in my church with a $5,000 guitar. So in search of a more humble heart, I consigned the Collings and began a search for something more practical. Not really loving the Expression system and frankly wanting to get away from the Taylor wave/fad or whatever (seems like everyone plays them these days, and yes, they are wonderful so I am not trying to knock them), I sought out something more traditional, and I needed something that would not compete with vocals in the mix. Cutaway Dreads look kind of ugly to me, so I was not expecting much when I picked this one up. It is as plain as can be, but oh the sound! I don't care that the sides, neck and fretboard are non traditional materials. The top is solid and the combination of materials makes for a wonderful sound. It does not have the low end boominess that a good Dread has, and for live use that is absolutely fine. Also, even the most delicate finger picking seems to jump off the top of the guitar. It is so much more "immediate" than a typical dread. This guitar is just alive! Now on to the electronics. The Fishman F1 Analog is a treasure in its own rite. The controls are so simple, yet the tone is fantastic. I have this going into an Orchid active muting DI into the front of house system and the sounds is fantastic. I sometimes record backing tracks in Ableton so I can use electric during our worship sets and still have acoustic accompaniment and it is sooo easy to get a really good recorded sound. The sweeping tone control on this guitar is genius. You can go from strumming to finger picking with nothing more than a tweak of the tone knob from 2:00 to 10:00. And of course the on-board muting tuner works wonderfully. Again, this guitar is spartan in its appointments, but it has it where it counts. I just love playing it, and at the reasonable cost I don't have to feel guilty about playing a $5k guitar when I should be giving more money to the church or missions. There's also a LOT less anxiety when my clumsy Black Lab comes into my home studio or when the kids are running around on the platform after a worship service!

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent, value-minded guitar.

          By Justin Saunders

          from Dallas, TX

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I spent two about 10 hours between two stores playing every acoustic in sight. I had a budget of $1,400, but disregarded price and appearance; I was only interested in the feel and sound. I was most impressed with the tone under aggressive play...this thing loves hard strumming and slaps. It has a very full sound and projects it very well. I rarely play with an amp, but the electronics sound very impressive, too. I found a few other guitars with similar sound qualities, but they were all considerably more expensive for the solid wood designs. I opted for this one, because the sound was amazing and I am hoping the laminate will hold up better...I am very abusive on guitars; I travel a great deal in varied climates and I do a great deal of playing outdoors. This thing is a total workhorse. With my abusive nature; I think it will hold up better than the full-wood models over time, but we will see. I have had this guitar for 9 months now and my other guitars have become very lonely.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By MATT BRAUCKMANN

          from Plymouth Meeting, Pa

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I will start out by saying that I am a drummer, and guitar is just something I picked up. I went into guitar center and just messed around in the acoustic room for a little while and saw this. What a value! It's the signature Martin sound, and truthfully, I played this against some of the higher end Martins and Taylors, and there was little difference in sound. The bigger surprise came when I got home and plugged it in, first I plugged it into the amp and it sounded good, then I plugged it into the computer to record a little and I was blown away, the Fishman pickups produce a crystal clear sound. Overall it's and amazing guitar for the value, not to mention it looks awesome as well.

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just What I Needed!

          By Beth Horst

          from Port Charlotte, Florida

          Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5 Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          As a musician that playes "tiki bars" on the Gulf Of Mexico, I was tired of tuning after every song and having to worry about an expensive guitar exposed to salt air and heat. The "laminated" sides and back are supposed to eliminate much of the problem. "Out of the box," the guitar sounds sweet! The electronics, compared to my Fender, sound 100% better! What a prize!

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