Martin Performing Artist Series - DCPA4, GPCPA4, OMCPA4 Rosewood
The DCPA4 Rosewood, GPCPA4 Rosewood and OMCPA4 Rosewood add new tonal options to Martin's Performing Artist Series Guitars.
Following up on their success with the Performing Artist series, C. F. Martin & Co decided to create rosewood versions of the three models in the P.A. line.
Launched in January of 2010, the Performing Artist series now gets more tonal color and variety with three rosewood cutaway body guitars. The DCPA4 Rosewood is a dreadnought, the GPCPA4 Rosewood is a Grand Performance and the OMCPA4 Rosewood is an Orchestra Model.
Much like their Sapele and Siris PA4 predecessors, these PA4 rosewood models are built using quality solid tonewoods. The top uses Book matched Sitka Spruce soundboards while the back and sides have matched East Indian rosewood - as implied by the rosewood label. This combination is known for giving out better bass response and clearer mid and highs.
Martin employed a hybrid "A-Frame" scalloped bracing, and the new models have a slim, more parallel taper at the 12th fret as compared to the older models. This gives a more comfortable width up the neck for easier access and playing. Another modification is the bridge spacing which is moved to 2 3/16" - right between two traditional Martin spacings. To round up the features, these 3 rosewood PA models have Fishman's simplified F1 Analog electronics array.
These rosewood models intend to bring quality construction and tone at a reasonable price range. These guitars come equipped with Martin SP Lifespan Acoustic Guitar Strings and a special hardcase shell. We will include updated images as soon as it is available.
These rosewood models have an MSRP of $1849, but since the older PA4 models sell for around $1200, we can expect good discount from official retailers.
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