Martin DCPA4 Performing Artist Acoustic Electric Dreadnought Guitar

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Product Description

Play the Martin DCPA4 Performing Artist Acoustic Electric and you'll experience the unique combination of legendary Martin tone and revolutionary onboard intelligence. Martin craftsmanship and premium quality materials are evident in every detail. With a solid sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides, and classic dreadnought body shape, the DCPA4 has fantastic projection and clarity. The Fishman F1 Analog Electronics is a great pickup system that replicates the acoustic tone marvelously when you need to plug in.

Martin DCPA4 Performing Artist Acoustic Electric Features

  • Combination of legendary Martin tone and revolutionary onboard intelligence
  • Solid sitka spruce top, solid sapele back and sides
  • Classic dreadnought body shape for great projection and clarity
  • Fishman F1 Analog Electronics provides an amazing mix of simplicity and functionality
  • Satin neck finish for great comfort for moving up and down the neck
Fishman F1 Analog Electronics
True plug in, tune up and play system provides an amazing mix of simplicity and functionality with volume and tone shaping capabilities, an onboard digital chromatic tuner and phase control. F1 Analog electronics are standard equipment on all PA4 models.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  610-759-2837 Warranty:  Lifetime, original owner (excluding strings)1 year on Backpacker, Little Martins and Ukuleles

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Martin DCPA4 Performing Artist Acoustic Electric Specifications
  • 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 in. 
  • Back Material: Solid Sapele
  • Side Material: Solid Sapele
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • 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 in.
  • Frets: 20 
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4 in. 
  • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8 in. 
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: Offset Dots - White ABS
  • Finish Back and Sides: Satin 
  • Finish Top: Polished Gloss 
  • Finish Neck: Satin 
  • Bridge Material: Black Richlite 
  • Bridge Style: Performing Artist Belly 
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-3/16 in. 
  • Saddle: 16 in. Radius/Compensated/White Tusq 
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed with Large Buttons
  • Bridge and End Pins: White with Black Dots 
  • Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color 
  • Case: 345PA Hardshell
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog

Customer Reviews

Jeffery a franklin, Submitted: 2/6/2019
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I love this guitar
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What is your opinion of this product?
It’s great. Martin is one of the best out there.
David Nowlin Submitted: 12/27/2015
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Beautiful tone!!!!!! I love it!!!!
What is your opinion of this product?
Excellent product. Great sound, stays in tune. Built in tuner is great.
AMK Submitted: 4/27/2015
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Beautiful Sound, Awesome Guitar
What is your opinion of this product?
The sound is it's strength, I got the shaded and it is really nice but I don't hang them on a wall. The sound is amazing.
RJ from WOODBRIDGE,VA,USA, RJ_STOCK7@YAHOO.COM Submitted: 12/17/2013
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This "MARTIN" is the absolute best playing guitar I've ever had !!!
Your general opinion of this product.
This is far the best guitar for finger picking and slap stringing never thought I would own a Martin now I do Thank you A.M.S. AWSOME!!!!!
Excellent made and the dependability is great!
Like glass
Rich/dark and very smooth super
Only had it a week, but I did take a day off work and played all day yes,yes,yes !!!!!!
Proud Martin Owner from Cleburne, TX Submitted: 1/25/2013
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Absolutely Incredible
yes - very dependable. I gig and practice with it at least 3 times a week and it has never failed me.
I have owned the DCPA4 for about a year now and have never had any trouble with it.
Your general opinion of this product.
Best guitar I have ever owned. I have a Taylor 410ce and a Gibson Songwriter. I prefer my Martin over either of these two.
Guitar feels like a natural extension of my hands. Comfortable and easy to play. Frets well and action was great right out of the box. Tuner is also very nice!
I love the tone unplugged. Sounds like a Martin. But when I plug it in to my Fishman Loudbox the color comes alive. This guitar will do whatever you want it to do .
Finish was perfect. No flaws.
Action was great. nice low action with no fret buzz anywhere.
Jojo from Miami, FL USA, Submitted: 4/18/2012
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USA, folks. Out of the box, you can tell that someone took pride in making this little gem absolutely perfect.
This is a Martin. I expect it to outlive my great-grandchildren, and to sound better when they give it to their great-grandchildren than it does now (and now it's unbeatable).
Your general opinion of this product.
This is the lightest, loudest (for its size and even compared with its bigger, non-OM brethren, te DCP4A), best-made, and most comfortable instrument in its class. No guitar is a Swiss-Army knife, but this instrument almost makes you want to remain perfectly monogamous.
Without parallel. The Analog F1 stays almost completely out of the way. When comparing it to Martins that cost twice the price (because of the electronics), you have to ask yourself whether you want a perfect acoustic or whether you want Garageband inside your guitar. A TC Electronics "Hall of Fame" reverb pedal (which is perfect for both electric and acoustic) make this a powerhouse for a thousand dollars less than the aforementioned "Garageband" Martins.
A touch brighter than the DCP4A, but without losing the smoothness and the bass that make this what I consider to be the consummate Martin player.
The spruce has the polished and perfect look that we've come to expect. The sapele is satin, and quite lovely. Even the finish makes this guitar feel like your favorite pair of jeans.
Unbeatable action. The action on this little bombshell of a guitar has the same level of forgiveness as my Les Paul.
Justin from South Carolina Submitted: 3/20/2012
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Just like everything Martin makes this guitar is extremely well built. I especially like the scalloped bracing, it really helps with projection.
I'll have to get back with ya in a decade or so.
Your general opinion of this product.
Worth every dime, and then some. I think I may be a Martin man now.
The neck is pretty fast. I have small hands, so i find it alot easier to play than my Guild.
Again it is very well balanced the Sapele is a bit brighter than rosewood. More comparible to Mahogany. I'm actually in awe that this sound came for less than $2000
Beautiful yet simple. I love the Satin back and sides.
Action is spot on. Maybe even a bit low for me. Crossover guitarist will love it.
Brian Birch from Canada, Submitted: 9/5/2011
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Very Pleased
Having looked into Martin guitars before making my purchase, i am looking forward to having this guitar for a long long time
Only had this guitar for a few months, but history tells me that Martin products should stand the test of time
Your general opinion of this product.
Well put together, great looking guitar, easy to handle.
Very light guitar, neck is quick and controls are at your fingertips when adjustments are needed
Just loved the satin finish of the back and sides. This guitar looks great at all angles
Needed a qucik tune out of the box, took me a little getting used to as i've been playing jumbo's for a few years; it's been a few months now and i'm quite happy with the action of this guitar. No set up needed to date.
John from Falconer,NY, Submitted: 7/27/2011
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Best Acoustic in it's price Range
You can tell that a lot of care went into making this guitar. The wood smells like it was just cut! The fit and finish are perfect and I expect this guitar to outlast me.
It's only been 2 months - talk to me in 20 years.
Your general opinion of this product.
This guitar is a tone monster. For around $1200 you get a solid wood, American Made Martin! Feels good and plays like a dream after a partial setup. When it was delivered the action was so high it was a challenge playing a barre chord at the 5th fret. After a minor neck tweak (1/4 turn to the right) it brought the action down enough to barre at the 10th fret. No problem since most all guitars need a setup when new.
It's a very light guitar. The neck is fast and somewhat rounded, almost like a 50's rounded neck on a Les Paul but thinner. Volume and tone controls are easily accessible and the tuner is easy to see and use.
Martin tone - even plugged in! Bass lines really stand out, the sound is the sound of quality!
The top has a glossy finish and the rest of the guitar is satin. I have heard some players waxed the back and sides and buffed it out to a beautiful shine. YMMV As for me, I like it the way it is.
Out of the box the action sucked, but I didn't expect it to be great without a good setup. I had to tweak the neck for it to be playable at the 5th fret but it's still not where I want it to be. It's going in for a professional setup here shortly and I'm replacing the nut and bridge with bone instead of corian which came with it


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