Martin DCPA4 - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Richlite Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Natural Polished Gloss
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Your Stage-ready Martin!

What happens when you merge the classic look and feel of a traditional Martin acoustic guitar with the convenience of today's modern acoustic-electric? You get the Performing Artist series, that's what! Like so many classic Martins from years past, the Performing Artist series is crafted using nothing but the finest tonewoods, with solid Sitka spruce for the top and solid Sapele making up the back and sides. Add to this a satin-finished neck, a unique neck carve, and a convenient cutaway, and you've got a guitar that's downright inspiring to play. But this is only half the story.

Martin takes the acoustic-electric guitar on an evolutionary journey, equipping these instruments with the Fishman F1 Analog electronics system. Far more than a simple pickup system, the discreetly mounted F1 Analog system offers a convenient onboard tuner as well as volume and tone controls to help take charge of your sound. This is the Performing Artist DCPA4, a well-balanced instrument that's great for any style of music.

Martin DCPA4 Performing Artist Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Finish: Polished Gloss Natural
  • 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 Sapele
  • Back Purfling: None
  • Side Material: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: None
  • Endpiece Inlay: None
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: None
  • 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"
  • # Of Frets Clear: 14
  • # Of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8"
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Offset Dots - White Abs
  • 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
  • Interior Label: None
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog
  • Brown Hardshell Case Included
Martin puts a new spin on their classic guitars with the Performing Artist DCPA4!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polished Gloss (top), Satin (neck, back, and sides)
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Sapele
Body Bracing Hybrid X Scalloped, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Black Boltaron
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Performing Artist Profile
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay White ABS Offset Dots
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated White TUSQ
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Electronics Fishman F1 Analog
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10DCPA4

Customer Reviews

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Performing Artist

Absolutely love this guitar. Sounds great plugged in or unplugged. Looks great and feels great. Highly recommended

best guitar for the price

I purchased one of these used from a local music store about a year ago and I absolutely love it. The neck is thin and the action is low, so it plays more like an electric than an acoustic. It sounds incredible and even smells good... you can't really go wrong with it. I'm keeping mine forever.

The Harley Of The Workingman Acoustics

If your looking for a real workhorse acoustic guitar look no farther. The NEW Martin DCPA4 Deadnought has it all over anything out there in the $1200 price range. I tried out 9 guitars before settling on this one. Taylor 314CE, Breedloves,Tak's Guilds, Baden,Other Martins even Larrivee's. All great guitar but the DCPA4 with it's Deep Martin Tone and Brilliant Treble plugged in or not won me over. The action can be set extremely low and handles extra light string very well for you Electric Guitar Player out there. The Aura F1 Analog Pickup is second to none. Perfect for live performances. Very simple, two very useable controls knob. One for volume/engaging tuner by holding down the volume button. The other is a Mid/Bass Shift/Tone/Notch Filter engaded again by pushing down the tone button and a highly visiable Tuner window. Martin quality all the way except for the fretboard. They use what they call Black Richlight (Composite). Don't get hung up on it though, remember the notes change on the frets not the board itself. I struggled with that a first too but then again I play a Maple Neck Strat so I got over it quick. This guitar will inspire you to play more and more and get's better each day. All wood NO Laminate sides or back. Martin really got this one right for the money.
Music background: Professional Musician

Martin DCPA4 is fantastic

OK, I have splashed out here - from playing a second hand Applause(Ovation affordable) for 10 years!! It suited the lifestyle that included living on a boat with the occasional salty spray ruining strings, etc. After many days and months of reading reviews (just like this) and sampling a few Martins when anywhere near a music store, it was clear that it would be a Martin...but which one? I had some reservations(possibly unfounded) regarding the HPL series, like the DCX1E, using laminated composite wood stuff at a seriously good price by the way, but did not want to blow 2 or 3 grand ...well, couldn't do it anyway! Out the hard case this beauty is brilliant. Even smells like freshly cut wood sap. Booms with sound, action is great, sustain rings for as long as your raw fingers can hold it down. I relied on reviews and thought it fair to assist others in the hard decision stage.......if this is your budget - get it. Astounded by the clarity of each string. Haven't even plugged in yet!
Music background: Gigged as a lad, strummed as an older lad. Love home recording/jammin

Martin DCPA 4

You can't top this guitar for the price. I am Impressed with the overall tone . This particular model plays loud yet rich full balanced tone unpulgged! The workmenship is nothing short of a magnificiant instrument . The fishman electronics is basic , if you do gigs you may want to think about the dcpa3 . Overall very pleased would do the deal all over again.
Music background: 14, years
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