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Martin DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Sunburst

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With its rich history, you know Martin had to really think outside the box for them to have put the word "special" in the name of an instrument. Whether you’re a fingerstyle player, singer/songwriter, professional or weekend hobbyist, this is one guitar that will enhance your playing experience. So, what makes the DC Special Perfo...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

With its rich history, you know Martin had to really think outside the box for them to have put the word "special" in the name of an instrument. Whether you’re a fingerstyle player, singer/songwriter, professional or weekend hobbyist, this is one guitar that will enhance your playing experience. So, what makes the DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought acoustic/electric stand out from the crowd? 

Taking ovangkol to the top

For one, The DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought acoustic/electric features all-solid ovangkol construction, a first for any major guitar maker. While it's growing in popularity, ovangkol is an African tonewood rarely used by Martin, reserved for use as a body wood. The DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought finally introduces it as a top wood, letting its rosewood-like tonal characteristics shine in a different light. The 5/16" Forward Shifted Scalloped X bracing, a standard since Martin's "Golden Era" of the 1930s, ensures you'll hear every nuance of ovangkol's balanced low end, full midrange and crisp top end. While ovangkol's natural woodgrain is attractive in its own right, with plenty of different shades and lines, on this DC Special, Martin "enhanced" the top with a classic Sunburst finish, as well as tortoise body binding, a tortoise pickguard and multi-stripe black and white rosette.

The Enhanced Dreadnought effect

As its full name suggests, this DC Special also features Martin's Enhanced Dreadnought body shape, which has a shallower 4-1/8" depth, akin to the depth of an Auditorium design. What that means for your ears is a little less bass than a traditional dreadnought, but a more well-rounded, better balanced sound overall. What this means for your body is less fatigue as it fits closer to your body, allowing you to play in a more ergonomically friendly position, especially when seated. Before they leave the Martin factory, each DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought acoustic/electric receives a computerized PLEK setup for perfect action.

Martin Performing Artist neck with High Performance taper

The keys to player comfort

Speaking of fatigue, no matter what playing style or genre you prefer, a comfortable neck is a just as important as tonewoods to inspiring hours of continuous play. The 2018 DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought comes with Martin's Performing Artist neck shape, an innovation they introduced in 2010, and makes it even more player-friendly with their High Performance Taper. The slimmer profile, taper and satin finish combine with the single-cutaway design offering easier transitioning up and down the neck. It also gives it a more familiar feel for electric players looking to add an acoustic to their collection.

Martin Matrix VT Enhanced pickup on the DC Special Performing Artist Enhanced Dreadnought

Soundhole-mounted electronics

As one of the most trusted names in guitar amplification, it's no surprise Martin chose Fishman and their discrete Matrix VT Enhanced pickup system to give this guitar even more versatility. It features a bridge plate transducer and simple, soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls. An Enhance blend dial lets you decide how much of the dynamic and percussive elements of your playing style are heard without worry over squeaking and handling noise.

Features

  • Enhanced Dreadnought body
  • Tortoise binding
  • Ovangkol body
  • Fishman Matrix VT Enhanced pickup
Specifications
Body
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Solid ovangkol
  • Back and sides: Solid ovangkol
  • Bracing pattern: Forward shifted 5/16" scalloped X
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Performing Artist with High Performance taper
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Neck wood: Solid mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.4 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: 1-band
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Grenadillo
  • Tuning machines: Chrome enclosed gear
  • Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Saddle and nut: White Tusq/bone nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Deluxe gig bag 
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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