Martin DCPA5

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, High Pressure Laminate Back and Sides, and Fishman F1 Analog Electronics System - Natural
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Your Stage-ready Martin!

The Martin DCPA5 acoustic-electric guitar combines the classic look and feel of a traditional Martin dreadnought acoustic with the convenience of built-in electronics. Part of Martin's Performing Artist Series, the DCPA5 boasts playability any guitarist can appreciate. You'll love the present, lively sound of the solid spruce top, which will sound even better as the years go by. The well-rounded tone is ready for performance and recording too, with built-in Fishman F1 Analog electronics for top-notch plugged-in performance. The Martin DCPA5 acoustic-electric guitar is simply inspiring to play.

Martin DCPA5 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Ready for the stage with Fishman electronics
  • Solid top for enhanced tone with age
  • Smooth playability from the Performing Artist Series neck
Ready for the stage with Fishman electronics

You'll be ready to perform with Martin's DCPA5, which comes equipped with Fishman's F1 Analog electronics system. Fishman is a leader in acoustic amplification, and it shows in the natural tone it reproduces in the DCPA5 acoustic-electric. The Fishman F1 system can replicate the sound of various studio microphones, for incredible tone on stage or recording directly.

Solid top for enhanced tone with age

Sweetwater knows that the choice of top wood can make or break the sound of an acoustic guitar. For the DCPA5, Martin chose a solid Sitka spruce top. Chosen as much for its look as its tone, solid spruce has a rich, lively sound with excellent projection. And because it's a solid-wood top, the tone will age gracefully as the wood matures, with enhanced harmonics and greater tonal balance as the years go by.

Smooth playability from the Performing Artist Series 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 Martin DCPA5 acoustic-electric. The DCPA5 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.

Martin DCPA5 Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic Martin styling with premium Fishman electronics in a traditional dreadnought design
  • Hybrid X scalloped bracing enhances projection and tonal balance
  • Solid Sitka spruce top for a rich, lively sound that will enhance with age
  • High Pressure Laminate back and sides, with mahogany wood pattern
  • Fishman F1 Analog electronics system for studio-quality sound on stage
Martin puts a spin on their classic guitars with the Performing Artist DCPA5!

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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 Hand-rubbed top, textured back and sides
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany pattern HPL
Body Bracing Hybrid "X" Scalloped
Neck Wood Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape Performing Artist Profile
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay Offset Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed Tuners
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian Nut, White Tusq Saddles
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.625"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 40.5"
Electronics Fishman F1 Analog Electronics
Strings Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Manufacturer Part Number 11DCPA5

Customer Reviews

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Frog turned into a prince

Ok, so I bought this guitar site unseen and unplayed. Once i received it, it was hard to play and generally dissatisfying. So much so that I was actually looking at other acoustic guitars and hoping I could pawn this off onto some unsuspecting rube. BUT FIRST I took it to my local guitar shop where they lowered the bridge (the action was super high) and gave it some 10's. It is like a new guitar and I love it! It is seriously like night and day and I'm SO glad that I hung onto the guitar. Really a quality instrument (just the bridge was too high) and I love it.

Not all the same....

I played a DCPA5K early last year (2016) at one of the "other" music gear chain stores and was really blown away with the super low, fast action all the way up the neck and by the fantastic full sound and over all feel for such a very reasonably priced Martin. I was apprehensive at the time about Richlite and Stratabond so I (regretfully) didn't buy it. After doing some research and learning what it was and how it was made I decided it wasn't a deal-breaker for such an amazing instrument. My wife surprised me with it around my birthday this year and I was thrilled until I played it. First, the sound that I remembered being so full-bodied and well defined was not there... many things affect sound and tone of course, so perhaps the factory strings were old or something. Secondly, the strings were uncomfortably high requiring more pressure to play barre chords etc. -though some time cutting down the bridge and a truss rod adjustment would have probably remedied that issue for the most part. The other problem was with the Stratabond neck. Down near the heel, you could feel a sort of ridge, like two of the joined layers were not planed smooth. There is very little in the way of a finish on the neck (which normally would be a great thing) but in this instance, may cause problems further down the road with all of the rubbing your thumb would do back there, especially if it draws any moisture or anything. Seriously, it felt like it could possibly become a splinter hazard. On the plus side of things. The machine heads felt solid, smooth, and accurate. The "Richlite" fretboard seemed to be a good hard surface (with the string action the way it was it was difficult to tell but I think it would be a fast fretboard. The guitar was light, yet fairly well balanced and comfortable to play. The built in tuner was easy to read and responsive. I didn't bother plugging it up to try out the electronics but I've read many good things about the Fishman F1 system. It's not a horrible guitar by any means, and there are obviously some stand out gems of this model out there somewhere I've played at least ONE of them. Or perhaps my wonderful wife drew the single unlucky straw on THIS particular order? Or maybe something changed between the older models and this years models? I don't know. So many other reviews on the various guitar store sites and video sites for the DCPA5 and its various incarnations are usually glowing. I'm sure the guitar could have been brought closer to what I expected with a trip to a luthier, but I just don't think a guitar in what I consider the intermediate price range ($700-800) should require THAT much more expense right out of the box. Even if it is built in Mexico. So I coughed up the 50 bucks to send it back to Sweetwater. (which kind of added a little more hurt to my feelings to be quite honest...) I've loved Sweetwater for a long time so I'm sure I'll be back... but maybe an acoustic is a "hands on" music store purchase.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars