Martin DCPA5K (Natural) Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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from Surprise, AZ
March 30, 2013Music Background:
Country, bluegrass, jazz band and solo work.
Excellent guitar for the money!I own a Martin DCPA1 and and 000-18 GE. I use both for solo/band work. My adult son finally decided he wanted to learn to play so I got him this as his "entry level' guitar. We found the set up from Sweetwater to be excellent and I am blown away by the look and feel of this guitar. He loves it and is highly motivated to learn on it. Frankly, while my DCPA1 has a much nicer appearance, there just isn't that much difference in the overall acoustic sound between his and mine. The electronics of course are very different, but this one is worth every penny.
from Milwaukee, WI
January 26, 2013Music Background:
Aspiring Musician, Songwriter, Home Recorder
Amazing ValueHave, literally, owned 'em all, except Luthier super high-end guitars, but this is certainly among my favorites. I love the understated look, but don't let that fool you. This guitar has a tone that surpasses so many much more expensive Martin models and other brands, as well.
I think it really shines when you change the strings, unless - of course - you like the Martin Phosphor Bronze that most of these come with direct from the factory. I prefer the 80/20 Plain Bronze Lights, and feel that any of the Martin strings work wonderfully, although I also like D'Addario EXP's and Elixir Nano's, as well. Martin Clear Tones also sound great. The guitar projects so much that the Phosphor Bronze seems a bit overkill on this one, but that's just my own opinion. The electronics are superb and this guitar can be shaped quite easily to coax out all of that big lush tone plugged in that you hear unplugged.
I love how it sounds through my PA and also when recording 'direct in'. I also play it through my LR Baggs DI box, which takes it to another stratosphere. Upgraded the pick-guard with a Tortoloid beveled edge vintage replacement, which really tweaked it's visual appeal significantly. Don't undertake that task unless you know what you're doing or get someone who does to help out. Need to be careful with proper removal of the original pick-guard and adhesive residue, before replacing correctly with another one.
Anyway, just an incredible guitar at any price. Great for both strumming (wow) and finger picking, as well. Very fast, warm neck and a most comfortable width and feel. You will never regret owning this one. This Martin is "The Real Deal"!