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Martin Performing Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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A bass for the performing artist, the BCPA4 features sapele back and sides, a solid spruce top, a J-style cutaway body, and Fishman F1 Analog Electro...Click To Read More About This Product

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Whether unplugged or plugged in you get great tone.

A bass for the performing artist, the BCPA4 features sapele back and sides, a solid spruce top, a J-style cutaway body, and Fishman F1 Analog Electronics for deep, rich tone plugged-in or unplugged. It's a perfect marriage of upright and electric tone.

Includes 360 hardshell case.

FEATURES
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: J-14 Fret Cutaway
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Two Ring
Top Bracing Pattern: Bass A-Frame ''X''
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back Material: Solid Sapele
Side Material: Solid Sapele
Binding: Black Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Special Bass
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Bass Profile
Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood/Raised Gold Foil
Heelcap: Solid Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 34''
Number Of Frets Clear: 17
Number Of Frets Total: 23
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1.58''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2.18''
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Polished Gloss
Finish Neck: Satin
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly - Bass
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Bass - Black
Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 360 Hardshell
Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog

Martin has been around for over 180 years. Order this guitar to see why Martin is known for great craftsmanship and tone.

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MartinPerforming Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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(21 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Ok but no show stopper

By NGCPEEPER

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • No Amp Playing
  • Practicing

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

The bass is well made and has a very punchy deep bass sound when not plugged in. Martin should have left it at that. Plugged in is horrible. It is boomy and really shows the dead frets on the bass.
I sold my Ovation acoustic electric to buy this one. Bad move. The ovation was a much better instrument.
On the good side, unplugged it is great and will hold its own playing with guitars like the D-28etc. Martin needs to re-think this one.
One more note, it took two tries before I got one that worked well, and I'm going in to get the electronics fixed again this weekend.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My search is over

By Mjac28

from Midwest

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Build Quality
  • Consistent
  • Electronics
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Neck
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • Tone

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

It's a Martin so you expect a certain level of quality this instrument doesn't disappoint it just has a feel to it that lets you know where the money went. I love the neck it's fast and the ebony fretboard gives it a nice dark tone.I had been looking for a long time for the right ABG and after trying many popular cheaper brands I decided I wanted the best I wanted something that was going to last. I loved the plugged in tone the preamp is very adjustable I run mine through a BBE Acoustimax preamp/DI and the tone is to die for!! also Martins have a lifetime warranty this is the last ABG you will ever buy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The finest acoustic bass on the planet.

By acbaman

from Florida panhandle

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series BCPA4 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

    The bass I am reviewing is a 1999 BM Road Series Acoustic Martin Bass. I bought it new in The Florida panhandle (higher humidity). I put an active EMG bridge transducer in. Since It has a J body, I have to use a feedback buster while performing on stage and near a monitor. The quality of this bass in unsurpassed. The 34 inch scale gives it a very deep and rich sound. The solid spruce sound board tops it off nicely. It is very well constructed and it has held up flawlessly since I bought it 18 years ago.

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