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Item Reviews for: Martin DCPA4 Rosewood Performing Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar  -  MAT DCPA4RW LIST

Great Martin Guitar
By: Jack from Florida      Submitted: 7/27/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. We bought this from American Musical as a replacement for a Takamine. It blows the Takamine away. Also, much better than a comparable priced Taylor. It was setup from the factory and plays great. Has the typical Martin tone, and would be great for Bluegrass. It will be used as the Rhythm guitar in a traditional country band, amplified using a GK MB200 amp and a 12" SICA Neo Dymium Bass Speaker. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Typical quality Martin build. We have only had this a couple of days, but I would expect it to last a long time. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Feel is very good. Typical Martin. A friend has a D-28 and it feels just like the D-28. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Acoustic tone is great, typical Martin sound and has a lot of ring to it. Amplified its on a par with another guitar we have with a Fishman pickup. Action How was the action out of the box? Frets very easy, even with the stock medium gauge strings. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Perfectly finished. It has a matte fining, not glossy. Should help to hold up over time. Reliability How has it stood up over time? New - can't say but I expect it to last a long time.
A class act
By: Martinluver from Huntsville, AL      Submitted: 7/8/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Played Taylors up to 314s,Gibson Hummingbird Pro Cutaway and just about all the Martins. This dent and scratch from AMS was obviously a return. Only problem I can find is some scuffing on the case and one really tiny less than 1/16th mark on the neck. The DSP was in way better condition than any guitar I played off the rack at a music store. The mark polished out. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very well made. Absolutely no flaws found. I buy and often repair DSPs and this one was perfect. Very solid and a beautiful finish and woods. Put on a new set of Martin MSP 7100 and its perfect. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Performing artist neck is great. Very easy to play and fast. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? I played both the Sapele and Rosewood models. The rosewood has that deep loud Martin sustaining tone and higher strings cut too. To my ear the sound was better than Taylors costing more without a tuner. Also, I actually considered a Gibson Hummingbird Pro Cutaway but it just did not have the tone to my ear. Don't get me wrong I would love to have one but the Martin had a more versitle tone. You can finger pick, strum or flat pick. Out of the box it does bluegrass, country, rock ballards, blues and slide with ease. Many tones can be coaxed out of this guitar and that is just acoustically. Plugged in the F1 Analog is basic but workable. Getting a good tone is a combination of finding the sweet spot between amp volume, max guitar volume, the tone starting at center and dialing in the phase. At certain higher levels the quack can come on but can be adjusted out. I have played it through a Fender Bassman reissue, a ZT Loudbox and a Marshall acoustic amp. Action How was the action out of the box? Action is just a little higher than a well set up Les Paul. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Flawless. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Too new to tell.
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