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Martin Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Rosewood 

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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 ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A modern dreadnought that's ready for the stage with a cutaway, slim neck and Fishman F1 electronics.

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' 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, a durable Black Richlite fingerboard, and for Musician's Friend customers, grained ivoroid binding.

Fishman' F1 pickup and preamp system
Features the stunning realism of award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology in a distinctive and easy to use onboard 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. Includes case.

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

Choose a dreadnought-size guitar that sounds fantastic whether it's plugged in or not. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Custom Performing Artist DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model: DCPA4 Rosewood
    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: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Back Purfling: none
    Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
    Endpiece: none
    Endpiece Inlay: none
    Binding: Grained ivoroid (exclusive to Musician's Friend)
    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 w/ 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
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4), Yes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Creme de la creme..

So have had this piece for over a month now. From the open of the case, the sweet Martin smell is intoxicating. Initial setup was very playable, however sanded the saddle down just...Read complete review

So have had this piece for over a month now. From the open of the case, the sweet Martin smell is intoxicating. Initial setup was very playable, however sanded the saddle down just a bit, 1/16th inch or so. For me, it is perfect on the lower side as I play softly with bare fingers and light picks. Neck was nice-n-straight.

I won't go on about tone, since it is a subjective topic, but will say as with any new guitar and new strings, the tone is bright but very balanced. The bass is noticeably developing as it ages. To me it was what I "expected" out of a Martin.

The finish is very nice. I prefer the gloss top and the satin back and sides. Only wish there was a permanent way to save the satin feel of the neck, as with playing, it will inevitably gloss. Enjoying it for now though and it feels wonderful. Played some of these at shops locally, and while very pleased with the sound, the grain of the tops seemed a bit undefined. Every one I played had very similar sound and playability characteristics, so I took a risk on ordering from MF. The top is absolutely perfectly grained and the bookmatch on the back is so well done, that you cannot even see the join line. The white binding really contrasts with the darker wood and looks great. The fret dressing is absolutely perfect and just as expected.

While not a custom shop guitar, it has the feel of a custom guitar with the build quality. I tried the standard DCPA4 with mahogany backs and sides, but the guitar just needed a bit more weight in my opinion for me to comfortably control it. The necks on these are some of my favorite cuts and widths. I have long fingers and have no issue.

The only thing I don't have an opinion on yet is the fretboard. This is my first Richlite equipped guitar, so time will tell. Seems to have good standing with other players. All about sustainability so why not give it a shot.

Not a big fan of the "gator skin" case, but the interior is very nice and it does its job.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

disappointing

This was my first Martin guitar and from all the hype I've heard about Martin, I was expecting this guitar with these tonewoods to knock my socks off. From the time I took it...Read complete review

This was my first Martin guitar and from all the hype I've heard about Martin, I was expecting this guitar with these tonewoods to knock my socks off. From the time I took it out of the box I was disappointed. The case looks like cheap gator covering or something which I don't like at all. As soon as I pulled the guitar out of the case, at a glance I could see the action was way too high which I thought would have been taken care of before shipping. I was out another eighty to have authorized tech do a compolete set up with neck adjustments etc. From the first strum I could tell the guitar didn't produce the sound I thought it would with the tonewoods. With Indian rosewood I expected a nice smooth deeper/fuller sound but just not there. Plugged in you can tweak it to where it sounds decent but not great. Not at all impressed and not worth what I paid. I was generous with the average rating I gave it. No more Martins for me.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Sound, Fantastic Look and Feel

By Wes

from Overland Park, Kansas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Slightly More Difficult Playability

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

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

I was fortunate enough to have most of the cost of this guitar covered as a gift, but I have spent over a year with this now and want to try to help others in their research! Long story short - this guitar has a deep and rich tone that will blow you away and looks and feels great. Action maybe comes a bit high and makes bar chords with my smaller hands a bit harder, but I'm considering getting that adjusted.

When I play with others, I am incredibly happy with the way it sounds versus other guitars. It has a deep bass sound, but still great mid and high range capabilities. Plenty of acoustic volume too. I played similarly-priced Taylors and thought those felt tinny in comparison (just a preference thing). I also played the GCPA4 but the low-end on this guitar on a strong E-chord was too good to pass up.

The rosewood seems to add just that extra bit of tone richness that sets this apart, but also makes the look unique. Between looks and tone, worth the upgrade, I'd argue. Also, the rosewood smell coming out of the case was phenomenal... almost like a rich chocolate and wood mix.

I've done some limited recording and amplified playing with this, but overall I don't have any problems with the electronics. Pickups sound nice to me out of any amp, but the majority of my playing is purely acoustic. I think the built-in tuner is only ok (not great for fine-tuning adjustments) but not really that important. But it was nice for me to have the option to plug-in sometimes, particularly for recording or if I ever venture into a performing situation. Worth the expense to have that flexibility.

If you're demo-ing this at a store, I recommend having someone else play it for you. It does sound different while you're holding it. To me, while playing, the sound was a 9/10 but a 10/10 when I heard it from the front.

If you have the money and are looking for a legacy guitar you can enjoy for life, you won't regret this.

I'd consider myself an advanced player (that has gotten rusty)

 
5.0

would buy another one

By glen the strumer

from pineville ky

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    I use this guitar in church and home and so far very pleased with it , and would recomend it to anyone who wants a good guitar at a good price looks great and sound s great has a good feel while playing it

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Creme de la creme..

    By Your Friend Chuck

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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:

      So have had this piece for over a month now. From the open of the case, the sweet Martin smell is intoxicating. Initial setup was very playable, however sanded the saddle down just a bit, 1/16th inch or so. For me, it is perfect on the lower side as I play softly with bare fingers and light picks. Neck was nice-n-straight.

      I won't go on about tone, since it is a subjective topic, but will say as with any new guitar and new strings, the tone is bright but very balanced. The bass is noticeably developing as it ages. To me it was what I "expected" out of a Martin.

      The finish is very nice. I prefer the gloss top and the satin back and sides. Only wish there was a permanent way to save the satin feel of the neck, as with playing, it will inevitably gloss. Enjoying it for now though and it feels wonderful. Played some of these at shops locally, and while very pleased with the sound, the grain of the tops seemed a bit undefined. Every one I played had very similar sound and playability characteristics, so I took a risk on ordering from MF. The top is absolutely perfectly grained and the bookmatch on the back is so well done, that you cannot even see the join line. The white binding really contrasts with the darker wood and looks great. The fret dressing is absolutely perfect and just as expected.

      While not a custom shop guitar, it has the feel of a custom guitar with the build quality. I tried the standard DCPA4 with mahogany backs and sides, but the guitar just needed a bit more weight in my opinion for me to comfortably control it. The necks on these are some of my favorite cuts and widths. I have long fingers and have no issue.

      The only thing I don't have an opinion on yet is the fretboard. This is my first Richlite equipped guitar, so time will tell. Seems to have good standing with other players. All about sustainability so why not give it a shot.

      Not a big fan of the "gator skin" case, but the interior is very nice and it does its job.

      (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      disappointing

      By Jack

      from Exmore, Va

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • looks okay

      Cons

      • disappointing sound
      • Not quality I expected
      • Not Set Up Before Ship
      • ugly case

      Best Uses

      • As A Backup Guitar

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

      This was my first Martin guitar and from all the hype I've heard about Martin, I was expecting this guitar with these tonewoods to knock my socks off. From the time I took it out of the box I was disappointed. The case looks like cheap gator covering or something which I don't like at all. As soon as I pulled the guitar out of the case, at a glance I could see the action was way too high which I thought would have been taken care of before shipping. I was out another eighty to have authorized tech do a compolete set up with neck adjustments etc. From the first strum I could tell the guitar didn't produce the sound I thought it would with the tonewoods. With Indian rosewood I expected a nice smooth deeper/fuller sound but just not there. Plugged in you can tweak it to where it sounds decent but not great. Not at all impressed and not worth what I paid. I was generous with the average rating I gave it. No more Martins for me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Manna

      from Kennewick, Wa

      Verified Buyer

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

      Plays much better than my Ovation that I've had for years. I was worried about the narrow neck with my big hands but it is actually easier to play!
      the electronics are great too!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A New Series Well Worth Playing

      By Budro

      from Charleston, SC

      Pros

      • Instant Playabibilty

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Or Electric

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

      Bought this for my 66th birthday. Have wanted a D-28 for a long time, but played one of these and fell in love with it Very easy to play. Nice deep tone. Glad I settled on this Got it delivered in only three days, and have not put it down

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING!

      By Dan

      from Thomasville,NC

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Craftsmanship
      • Durable
      • Excellent Playability
      • Great Value
      • Unrivaled Tone
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • High action

      Best Uses

      • Casual playing
      • Gigs
      • Recording

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

      The pictures simply do not do this fine instrument justice. I opened the box and took the guitar out to find it was perfectly in tune! I played it for a solid 5 hours after that and was incredibly impressed. Not only with the tone but craftsmanship and playability. If you can swing the price I would highly recommend this instrament to anyone!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING!

      By Dan

      from Thomasville,NC

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Looks
      • Craftsmanship
      • Excellent tone
      • It's a Martin
      • Versatility

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Any Event Where Music May
      • Bonfire Serenades
      • Gig's
      • Home use
      • Recording
      • Where Ever Music Is

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

      I received this in the mail today and all i can say is WOW! I played 5 songs straight out of the box and the guitar was in perfect tune. Also it doesn't say on the specs, but this guitar comes with one sweet custom case as well. I am very much looking forward to utilizing this at my next gig. If you're considering this guitar do yourself a favor and BUY IT! You won't regret it for a single second.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar but missing gift

      By Marty

      from Jacksonville, FL

      Pros

      • Plays And Souns Beautiful
      • Plays Easily
      • Sounds beautiful

      Cons

      • No Free Strings

      Best Uses

      • Everything

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

      Musicians Friend's website stated 5 free sets of Martin SP strings on the day I ordered this guitar. Package arrived without the strings and the web ad does not show the free offer any longer.
      Guitar is a true Martin gem compared to my first Yamaha FG700S (that everyone claims is such a great guitar). Guess what? Pay a little more for a true American classic. This guitar is much smoother to play than the Yamaha, but why compare when there is really no comparison? The Martin produces such a beautiful sound when played both with or without the on board electrics.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What was I thinking before?

      By Johnny

      from Sylvania, Ohio

      Pros

      • Ease In Playing
      • Quality
      • Solid craftsmanship

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Stage performance

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

      I have been happily playing my Ovation Balladeer guitar over 30 years not realizing the depth of sound and the clarity I have been missing. I'm extremely impressed with the craftsmanship and quality this instrument commands. This is a must have for all real guitar players,

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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