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Martin Performing Artist Series OMCPA1 Plus Cutaway Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The Martin OMCPA1 Plus Performing Artist Series Plus Acoustic-Electric Guitar series comes close to setting a standard in acoustic-electric guitars f...Click To Read More About This Product
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Outstanding playability and tonal performance, with Fishman electronics.
The Martin OMCPA1 Plus Performing Artist Series Plus Acoustic-Electric Guitar series comes close to setting a standard in acoustic-electric guitars for player comfort and performance. The Martin Performing Artist guitar was conceived with the idea of combining Martin's legendary acoustic guitar tone and appointments with player-friendly features for outstanding playability and tonal performance.
This wonderful Martin guitar features solid Sitka spruce top, two-ring rosette, Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, solid Ovangkol binding, 25.4" scale length, 1-3/4" width at nut, solid black Richlite bridge, and Gold tuning machines enclosed with large buttons.
The Martin OMCPA1 Plus 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.
Enhanced "Easy Mode" Simplifies Operation
F1 Aura+ offers a simplified set of user controls called Easy Mode. This mode allows you to quickly get a feel for the tonal possibilities of F1 Aura+ while providing quick access to the most important features you'll need every day.
Simply press the Tone control to step through 3 custom-blended Aura Image presets as well as audition the uneffected, Gold Plus pickup sound. The one-knob Tone control blends between a natural, undersaddle sound with no EQ (flat) on up to a "scooped" tone with emphasized treble & bass and reduced midrange.
Same great performance and power
For the real tone-tweakers, we've retained the original Performance Mode as well, giving you full access to F1 Aura's powerful 3-band EQs, compressor and automatic anti-feedback. Includes case.
Solid Sitka spruce top
Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
Solid Ovangkol binding
25.4" scale length
1-3/4" width at nut
Solid black Richlite bridge
Gold tuning machines enclosed with large buttons
F1 Aura + electronics
Martin Performing Artist guitar with Fishman F1 Aura + onboard electronics, sounds as spectacular as it looks.
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret Cutaway
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Two Ring - Pearl
Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Solid Ovangkol
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Solid Ovangkol
Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Fiber
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: none
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Performing Artist Profile
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Black Acrylic
Heelcap: Solid Ovangkol
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: Arrows and Squares
Fingerboard Binding: Solid Ovangkol
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
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: Gold Enclosed w/ Large Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100)
Bridge & End Pins: Bone w/ Pearl Dots
Pickguard: Performing Artist Style - Delmar Tortoise Color
Case: 330 Hardshell Brown
Interior Label: none
Electronics: Fishman F1 Aura +
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Comments about Martin Performing Artist Series OMCPA1 Plus Cutaway Orchestra Model Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
OK...I have had various imports, Gibson, Ovation/Adamas, Larrivee, and a couple of US Martins. Beyond my Adamas 12-string, no other acoustic really fit the entire bill. Then I began to read glowing reviews of the Performing Artist series (especially the higher end ones) and while having mixed feelings about a D-18 I owned a few years back I thought let's give Martin a second chance.
I decided on the OMCPA1 because (1) I had never tried an orchestra body and (2) I got the deal of the century.
Let's talk aesthetics. This guitar is a work of art. No over-the-top appointments, but very tasteful body/neck/headstock/back binding, rosette rings, and fretboard inlays. Headstock logo inlay is a beautiful departure from the standard Martin style. You immediately see that this is a world class guitar built with the artist in mind yet reflecting the pride of a Martin built instrument.
The electronics are nothing short of amazing. I cannot even begin to tap into the Fishman F1 Aura+ possibilities, and probably won't because the guitar sounds so frickin' good at the default setting. All I can say is the myriad of tonal possibilities make one ponder the significance of short-person behavior in pedal-depressed panchromatic resonance and other highly ambient domains (I miss you Francis Vincent).
A proper setup for your specific style is make-or-break. I play a combination of rhythm strumming, flatpicking, and fingerpicking so I had a most excellent (wink-wink/nod-nod) tech do his magic. Action is medium-low, not as low as one could go, but comfortable without any string buzz regardless of how attacked. The fretboard is very, very comfortable, the frets not too low or too high, very easy to do barre or mid-string jazz chords, lead runs, and open chords ring out like one would expect from a Martin.
This guitar rocks.
I could go on for ever (at least 25,000 characters) about how good this instrument really is. Truth be, after picking at strings for a very, very long time, this is my last six string acoustic. Just as my Adamas twelve string, I have made a connection with the guitar that was never there before. Like love, when it is right you know it...and I love this guitar.
Worth every penny, the Martin OMCPA1 is just about as perfect as an acoustic guitar can get...regardless of brand or price-point.
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