Martin DCPA4 Rosewood - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Rosewood 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 Martin Performing Artist DCPA4R, that's what! Like so many classic Martin dreadnoughts from years past, the Performing Artist DCPA4R is crafted using nothing but the finest tonewoods, with solid Sitka spruce for the top and solid rosewood making up the back and sides. Add to this a satin-finished neck, modern electronics, a unique neck carve, and a convenient cutaway, and you've got a guitar that's downright inspiring to play. Grab a Martin Performing Artist DCPA4R and hit the stage!

Martin DCPA4R Performing Artist Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic tonewood combination for big sound
  • Modern electronics for the modern performer
  • Comfortable and great-playing neck
Classic tonewood combination for big sound

You just can't beat the sound of solid spruce and solid genuine rosewood. For such an affordable guitar, the Martin Performing Artist DCPA4R spares no expense on its tonewoods. You'll love the crisp sound of the DCPA4R's solid East-Indian rosewood back and sides, and they look fantastic. What's more, the DCPA4R is topped with solid Sitka spruce, adding rich and mellow overtones. When you imagine what an acoustic guitar is supposed to sound like, this is it!

Modern electronics for the modern performer

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 DCPA4R, a well-balanced instrument that's great for any style of music.

Comfortable and great-playing neck

Whether you need to survive long recording sessions or plan to play out late into the night, you'll be glad you got a Performing Artist DCPA4R acoustic guitar. The DCPA4R features one of Martin's amazing Performing Artist series necks, whose slimmer profile is easy on your hand, allowing you to play those extended sessions in comfort. You'll love the feel of the smooth satin neck finish.

Martin DCPA4R Performing Artist Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic dreadnought guitar designed for today's modern performers
  • Sitka spruce and rosewood tonewoods combine for great response and sound
  • Fishman F1 Analog electronics for worry free plugged-in performance
  • Comfortable artist profile neck
Martin puts a new spin on their classic guitars with the Performing Artist DCPA4R!

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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 Rosewood
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 10DCPA4ROSEWOOD

Customer Reviews

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Cannot own a Michelangelo, but got close

My Martin Dreadnought DCPA4R has solid Sakai Spruce top Rosewood back and sides that adds tonal color and awesome sustain. This model features a 14-fret cutaway with Performing Artist profile neck and Fishman’s F1 Analog on-board electronics. The fret-board is a pleasure to grasp and it enables one to let their fingers dance the entire length with ease. Holding this work of art close the body or away from the body the Martin sustain still rings out. I love playing guitar, but with this Martin it is hard to put down. In addition to this I bought a Fishman acoustic amp which delivers a very clean sound with just enough gain, high, mids, and low switches to change the flavor of my sound. Between 1 to 5 stars I would give this Martin a 10. The only thing that was just ok were the Martin strings that came on the guitar. Too much noise when changing chords. As always the service and deliver time from Sweetwater was excellent.

My forever acoustic!

I was in the market for an OM sized guitar, and just happened to pick up the DCPA4 Shaded in a local store. I loved it! But.... That one was sold, so I called Sweetwater when I got home, and ordered the last Shaded they had. When it arrived, I played with it some, and found the action was just way too high, and couldn't be worked out. It needed a neck reset. Long story short, Sweetwater quickly made it right, and I ended up picking the DCPA4R in its place, and it's a much richer sounding guitar! I never dreamed it would be that much better. I've put several hours on this one already, and love the feel and tone. It has that tone you expect from a Martin, but with a little warmer midrange than others I've played. The neck is great, not huge, but not modern electric thin. I'll hang onto this one forever. It's a perfect fit for me! And there's never been a greater group of people to deal with than the folks at Sweetwater. The sales guys and the service department are very knowledgable and really on top of things.
Music background: Hobbyist, Engineer

Great guitar with Quality sound

Of all the guitars that I had played in this price range, the DCPA4 was hands down my favorite. It has a really full sound with warm lows. I was originally interested in the Sapele version although deep down I wanted a guitar made with Rosewood. Very soon after I noticed that Martin now had a Rosewood DCPA4. I called up Sweetwater to see if they were going to get any and how much they would cost. Since this guitar was a new model the sales associate had to do a little research and then call me back. He was very fast in getting back to me. Not only could they get me the guitar, they beat the list price by $50.00 and shipped it to me for free. Shipping only took like two business days. The guitar also came with a full Sweetwater two year warranty for free. The same type of warranty that Guitar Center will try to sell you for a couple hundred dollars. After receiving the guitar, I am extremely satisfied. It sounds amazing. I have since played some other more expensive Martins and I think this guitar sounds better. Play one and you will agree.
Music background: Hobbyist

Martin DCPA4 Rosewood Delivers

This guitar really blew me away from the first chord. It has that classic Martin tone combined with great playability.The Rosewood back and sides really give this guitar a great dynamic range from deep rich bass to sparkly treble. For the money this guitar cannot be beat. This was the first guitar I ever ordered on-line, so was a bit nervous. Kudos to Sweetwarer for their focus on customer service. The guitar arrived just a few days after I placed the order, and it was in immaculate condition. There were no blemishes whatsoever, and the action was perfect (low with no buzz on any string on any fret).
Music background: Avid Hobbyist

Wow. Yup. Wow.

I hate it when I have to acknowledge a weakness in my own personality. But, I admit... when I first saw this series of Martins, I was disappointed that they appeared to be caving to the Taylor Revolution. I realized alot of people love Taylor, and that's what makes the world go around, but they have always been lacking in low end tightness and too hyped in the high end for MY personal taste. So, when I first picked up the Performing Artist series Martins at a big box store, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was that amazing sound that just makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy like I just picked up a puppy. That was the Sapele sides and back, as well. The rosewood is even less sloppy at the bottom end, I believe, though I did not get to A/B them. The feel is fantastic, quality is flawless, the playability incredible. The built in tuner, the plugged in sound quality.... all nice. Comes with a sturdy hard case. Sweetwater was, as always, amazing. Ordered it on a friday, got it in California the next thursday with no cost for shipping. I balked for a long time to make this purchase, as I'm not the greatest player in the world, but this thing beckons to me to work harder and just inspires with every note. If you are like I was- wondering, thinking, analyzing.... just do it. You will not regret it.
Music background: Studio rat, occasional live player
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