Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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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 Pe... Read More

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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.

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
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
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 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

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5.0

Beautiful Sound and craftmanship.

By Rich

from Marion, ohio

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The tone is amazing. You feel it in your gut.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar

    By Craig Tredway

    from Saint Charles, MO

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have had this guitar for 5 days now and my fingers are numb from playing it. I shopped for a long time for the right E/A in my price range ($800 to $1200). I was really looking for an all wood guitar. This guitar has laminate sides and back, a stratabond neck and a Richlite fingerboard. All of these things scared me until I looked in to the companies that provide the products. These are all very strong, well engineered products that are made to last longer and be stronger that natural wood without giving up sound quality. The Richlite fingerboard is one of the smoothest, and easiest that I have ever played. I like it better than the rosewood on my Les Paul. The neck is solid and well engineered. Here in Missouri it was 65 degrees on Saturday afternoon (Late December) and on Sunday morning it was 18 degrees. This is a massive pressure and atmospheric change but on Sunday morning the guitar was still in tune. The neck is solid as a rock, feels great and the finish is perfection. I am in the engineering field and lam-beams have been used for decades now because we ran out of trees to make large structural members out of. Think of this neck as a lam-beam. Better than natural wood. Don't let anyone tell you that this neck is not as good as natural maple or mahogany. In many ways it is far better and will last longer and stay straighter. This is top quality. I suspect that many guitar manufacturers will be using more and more of this technology and I for one welcome it. The jury is still out on the Koa Composite back and sides. They look fantastic, feel solid and the seam to the solid stitka spruce top is flawless. Only time will tell how it will wear under normal use. This guitar is an engineering marvel in my opinion. It is the future. I played $4000.00 Martins and Taylors in the same room at GC and this one sounded just as good and I suspect will be much lower maintenance than it's big brother. This is a great guitar. Not for the money, but period.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Packs a punch

    By Trevor Limberg

    from Mounds View, MN

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    After going into guitar center for once a week almost for a month and playing this guitar every time I finally was able to get it. I love it. The best way i can describe the way it sounds is "Liquid Dark Chocolate" it is so dark and warm. This guitar is also a lot louder and has a much more full sound than my previous one. Excellent buy for the money.

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Martin Guitar

    By Daniel Hurley

    from NC

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    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.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A standout guitar

    By cj rossi

    from Nashua, NH

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    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.

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So Glad I bought this one

    By Jerry Trevino

    from Fresno, CA

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I am not an established musician but my son and I are starting to learn guitar together. I really wrestled over this guitar and a Taylor in the same price range. The Taylor was a little too bright so I decided to go with this Martin feeling that it would be more versatile. After the purchase I made several more trips back to Guitar Center to listen to the Taylor, I just couldn't settle. I then had new strings put on the Martin and my indecision was completely settled. The new strings brought out tones and richness that amazed even an amateur like me. It is a pleasure to play. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this guitar to anyone.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Sound Quality

    By DAVID GRAHAM

    from Camp Lindsey, Afghanistan

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I contacted GC while I was deployed to Afghanistan and talked to a GC salesman about buying this guitar and a SKB case. He was very professional and helped me complete my order over the phone. The guitar and SKB Case were shipped to my APO in Afghanistan from the Missouri GC. When it arrived the guitar was in a seperate box from the case but they were both in perfect condition. Can't beat 3000 mile shipping without any scratches or dents. The guitar sounds fuller and deeper than a friend of mine's Martin OMC-16GTE. I would highly recommend this guitar and GC for anyone thinking about a great guitar at a great price.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar!!

    By Ryan Chavez

    from Puyallup, WA

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for about 6 years now and wanted to buy a quality guitar. I was looking at the gibson's and the taylor's that costed twice as much and when I was handed this guitar I played for less than a minute and was sold. It sounds great and plays extremely well. Very impressed and will definately be buying more Martin products. Sounds great with all genres of music.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound, Great Quality...

    By Tony Moreno

    from Orlando, FL

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar about two months ago. I went to Guitar Center knowing that I either wanted a Martin, Taylor, or Takamine. But, I REALLY had my mind set on a Taylor. I tried many guitars that were in my price range ($799-$1499). I played mostly Taylor, some Takamine, and some Martin. For the fun of it I took down some really expensive ones and tried them out, too. When I was playing around with the Martins, I saw this beautifully built DCPA5K hidden in the back. I took it down (it really caught my eye because of the matte look compared to the other glossy guitars) and strummed a G chord. The sound was loud, clear, and it echoed throughout the room. One strum was all it took for me to immediately bring this Martin to the cashier and purchase it. The Taylors and Takamines I tried couldn't even compare to this. My cousin was with me and he completely supported my decision. he agreed that this DCPA5K was well worth the money I spent. I bought this case along with a Road Runner Dreadnaught Hardshell case that was on sale, and I was ready to go! I play this guitar nearly every day, and have found that the Martin Lifespan SP Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge strings sound the best with this guitar. This guitar is also very durable, due to the HPL back and sides and doesn't have any kinks or noticeable wear no matter how much this guitar is hit upon hard surfaces. This guitar has great action and stays in tune well. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who asks my advice!

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    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible sound

    By Mark Simmons

    from Laredo, Texas

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series 2015 DCPA5K Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    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.

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