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Martin Performing Artist Series DCPA4 cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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Solid woods and a slim, more comfortable playing width up the neck.

The DCPA4 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a cutaway and is constructed with solid tonewoods. The back and sides are matched from African sapele, similar in appearance and tone to mahogany. Bookmatched Sitka spruce soundboard utilizes Martin's Hybrid "A-Frame" scalloped bracing.

The DCPA4 features a slim, more parallel taper at the 12th fret, allowing for a more comfortable playing width up the neck. The bridge spacing is also modified to 2-3/16" - splitting the difference between Martin's 2 traditional spacings.

Along with the look, feel, and enhanced performance of Martin's existing Performing Artist Series models, the DCPA4 also features the new, simplified Fishman F1 Analog electronics system. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Body size: D-14 fret cutaway
  • Top: solid sitka spruce
  • Rosette: two ring
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: black boltaron
  • Neck shape: performing artist profile
  • Headstock: solid/square taper
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • fFngerboard position inlays: offset dots - white abs
  • Bridge material: black richlite
  • Bridge style: performing artist belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ large buttons
  • Pickguard: tortoise color
  • Case: 375pa hardshell -brown
  • Interior: label none
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 analog

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MartinPerforming Artist Series DCPA4 cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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American Made Martin Tone

I'll give this guitar a 9 because of the plain-jane looks and the synthetic fret board, but that's probably not fair given the price point, which is the bargin of the century for this...Read complete review

I'll give this guitar a 9 because of the plain-jane looks and the synthetic fret board, but that's probably not fair given the price point, which is the bargin of the century for this instrument. The sapele back and sides sounds very close to mahogany, giving big strums a light, airy musicality. The only thing I'd change is to dump the trendy off-set fretboard markers and put them where they are the most functional for an intermediate level picker like myself, which is the target market for this instrument. The fact that this guitar was produced by American luthiers and craftsmen in Nazareth, PA made me feel good about the purchase as well. Gotta reward American companies that still produce quality instruments here, and I didn't have to mortgage the house to buy that signature Martin tone that I've be craving.
I've been in the market to upgrade from my Alvarez, so I've camped at my local big box guitar store for months playing everything from Yamaha, Gibson, Taylor, Ovation and Epiphone. I've always loved Martin's; I spent a month with a buddy's D18 years ago, and I've had that tone in my head for years, but never thought I could afford one. This one had the feature's I was looking for: solid woods, dreadnaught body with cutaway, built-in electronics and a playable neck with decent action AND I was on a strict budget.
Build, fit and finish seems flawless on mine.
It came down to this guitar and a similar Taylor, which cost about $600 more for a solid wood/premium acoustic/electric. I loved the Taylor, which was visually more striking. But I think the Performance Artist neck profile is the most comfortable player for my hand size of all the guitars I tried, at any price. And I think the Fishman electronics rival the Taylor Expression System when played amplified. And the Martin had the built in tuner, which the Taylor did not.

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if you like a wide neck and high action this is for you, the saddle of course can be sanded down some to lower the string height. It comes with a nice case of...Read complete review

if you like a wide neck and high action this is for you, the saddle of course can be sanded down some to lower the string height. It comes with a nice case of course and is made in usa. It does sound good and for the price is a good deal to get a guitar built in america. If you are looking for american made i would recomend this

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5.0

I am now Martinized for life

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from Southern NH and West Palm

Pros

  • Action Fit And Finish T

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Making Me Sound Better Th

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

I recently bought this Martin used from a dealer(1 year old) and got a good one. Getting back into pro music after many years away and wanted to re-enter right. If the suit makes the man, then the guitar makes the musician and this one is great. The action is great, the tone rich and the look is Martin - instantly recognizable. The electronics offer an expanse of tonal variations so play with the controls to get your best sound. And make sure you humidify it - take care of it and it will always be worth more in the future.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin artist series

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything You Want To Play
      • Bluegrass And Other

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

      Very playble right out of the case no set up needed . the electronics do a very good job of pulling all the acoustic sound out of it . I got this through a special purchase . I have had it since January. I can not bring myself to go back to my 89 Strat plus although I will play it soon. this guitar is worth every penny and it is priced to where most can experience a Martin at its finest . Go play one and you will know what I mean.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is the Tone I've been looking for

      Pros

      • American Made
      • Beautiful Fit and Finish
      • Comfortable neck
      • sounds incredible
      • Tuner Is Right On

      Cons

      • Action a little high

      Best Uses

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

        Right out of the box, the guitar was in tune and had a terrific wood smell. The depth of sound and tone was wonderful. I played it for a long while that night and enjoyed the ease with how it played. The action is a bit high and I'll have that taken care of with a pro setup. Plugging it in, this thing will provide a terrific full sound either through my amp or a sound system. The preamp works very well to fine tune your desired tone. Price point was great for what I got. My favorite guitar now.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar, Great Service

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        from Racine, WI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Craftsmanship
        • Fast shipment
        • Finish
        • Nice value
        • Quality
        • Solid wood

        Cons

        • Action
        • Capo Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

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

          Great service with phone order.
          I have been a customer for only 6 months and already have purchased about 10 items.
          Placed order on Friday Afternoon and had the guitar on Wednesday (I recommend picking up at UPS vs. door delivery for expensive items).
          This guitar screams quality USA made solid wood craftsmanship. It is probably the lowest of the line all-wood USA made but it is so nice. I am getting a little fret buzz when using a capo but I should get this setup with my luthier (which is pretty standard for any guitar purchase).

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding Guitar

          Pros

          • Acoustic Projection
          • amplified sound
          • Smell
          • Tone

          Cons

          • Satin finish
          • Tuner Slightly Off

          Best Uses

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

            I've the DCPA4 for a couple weeks now and cannot put it down. This has been my first endeavor into the american made all wood type of guitar and I'm not sorry for shelling out the extra cash. This guitar looks and sounds great. Puts my Ibanez to shame now that I can compare them side by side. The guitar was even in tune (mostly) right out of the box. Just picked it up and started jamming. I hear a lot about Martin quality, but now I believe it. Can't find one flaw in the build. I look forward to the fresh cut wood smell every time I open the case.

            The only negative I've found so far is that the tuner can be slightly off. Not a big deal to me because I'm in the habit of clipping on my Snark anyway. Electronics on board sound awesome. I play through a vintage tube amp, and the sound is warm and rich, very representative of the unplugged sound of the guitar.

            I am worried about the durability of the satin finish long term. It doesn't resist moisture or scratches the way gloss does. When I play in a sitting position the guitar seems to suck some of the moisture from my leg. I guess you burn more calories playing standing up though :)

            The action out of the box might be a little high for people playing in the higher registers, but I do mostly aggressive rhythmic strumming and softer capo stuff so it works for me.

            All in all, I think you will be extremely happy if you pick up this guitar. Glad I did.

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            5.0

            Great Martin Guitar!

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

            A great guitar right out of the box and a super deal from MF! Action is great...the neck is superb, especially for those of us who play electric most of the time. The electronics don't feedback and sound very classy. You can't go wrong with a Martin.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            american made

            Pros

            • American Made

            Cons

            • Baseball bat neck
            • High action

            Best Uses

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

              if you like a wide neck and high action this is for you, the saddle of course can be sanded down some to lower the string height. It comes with a nice case of course and is made in usa. It does sound good and for the price is a good deal to get a guitar built in america. If you are looking for american made i would recomend this

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy it

              Pros

              • Comfortable feel
              • Great tone
              • Instantly playable

              Cons

              • Little emphasis on looks

              Best Uses

              • Neil Young covers

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

              Love it. I have a 1977 Ovation which I also love but this guitar has a deeper sound. Played for 4 hours when I first got it and every night for a week thereafter. No regrets.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's everything a Martin should be

              By 

              from Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

              Verified Buyer

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

              I have always liked Martin guitars. I like to play bluegrass and old country songs and this guitar is perfect for my style of music.
              The built in tuner is simple to use and the electronics are super good. Overall, an excellent guitar.

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              American Made Martin Tone

              By 

              from The Midwest

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

              I'll give this guitar a 9 because of the plain-jane looks and the synthetic fret board, but that's probably not fair given the price point, which is the bargin of the century for this instrument. The sapele back and sides sounds very close to mahogany, giving big strums a light, airy musicality. The only thing I'd change is to dump the trendy off-set fretboard markers and put them where they are the most functional for an intermediate level picker like myself, which is the target market for this instrument. The fact that this guitar was produced by American luthiers and craftsmen in Nazareth, PA made me feel good about the purchase as well. Gotta reward American companies that still produce quality instruments here, and I didn't have to mortgage the house to buy that signature Martin tone that I've be craving.
              I've been in the market to upgrade from my Alvarez, so I've camped at my local big box guitar store for months playing everything from Yamaha, Gibson, Taylor, Ovation and Epiphone. I've always loved Martin's; I spent a month with a buddy's D18 years ago, and I've had that tone in my head for years, but never thought I could afford one. This one had the feature's I was looking for: solid woods, dreadnaught body with cutaway, built-in electronics and a playable neck with decent action AND I was on a strict budget.
              Build, fit and finish seems flawless on mine.
              It came down to this guitar and a similar Taylor, which cost about $600 more for a solid wood/premium acoustic/electric. I loved the Taylor, which was visually more striking. But I think the Performance Artist neck profile is the most comfortable player for my hand size of all the guitars I tried, at any price. And I think the Fishman electronics rival the Taylor Expression System when played amplified. And the Martin had the built in tuner, which the Taylor did not.

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