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Comment by Jud Hair on February 3, 2012 at 5:45am

Dave --- Size-wise, GPCPA-4 is falls between the OMCPA-4 and the DCPA-4 ... in appearance, it looks like very much the OMCPA-4, but it's actually bigger.

Comment by Dave Patterson on February 3, 2012 at 5:24am

Sorry Jud. I feel like a dope. I MEANT to say the OMCPA4 is like the GPCPA4.  Not the DCPA4. These two guitars are, as far as I can tell, the same size. Look the same. Have the same electronics.

Anyone know the difference?

Comment by Jud Hair on February 2, 2012 at 6:51pm

Dave ... size is the difference.  The OMCPA-4 is a little orchestra model and the DCPA-4 is a full sized dreadnought.  Materials and electronics are the same.

Comment by Dave Patterson on February 2, 2012 at 4:15pm

I think I've mentioned this before, but I have the OMCPA4, and I haven't found any real difference between it and the DCPA4. Does anyone know if there IS a difference?

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 2, 2012 at 6:21am

Hey Jud, Don't discount "simple"!  Although I am primarily an acoustic player, I do own a few electrics and some of them have some fancy electronics, but I find myself using the same simple settings on them...My acoustics all have Fishman systems in two older Guilds have the old Matrix undersaddle pickup with the old GP-2 preamps with the vol. and stacked toone knobs sticking out of the upper two newer Gibsons have the Fishman Matrix Infinity system in undersaddle pickup and a simple "in the soundhole" volume and tone.  Simple works, especially onstage when you have to make changes fast and having a "sample" of a prewar Martin D45 doesn't sound that much different in a big outdoor venue through the PA system!  I have not heard of this Fishman F1 system before and  I will have to check it out!  Thanks, Edward     

Comment by Jud Hair on February 1, 2012 at 7:39pm

Edward ...Yes, just the simple one.  Nothing fancy.  Does a real good job though.

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 1, 2012 at 6:28pm

Is your's the Fishman "Analog" F1?

Comment by Jud Hair on February 1, 2012 at 6:08pm

Edward ... it has the Fishman F-1 pickup.  Simplified version of the new Aura system.  Not nearly as sophisticated as the Aura, but then I'm not a particularly sophisticated guitaist, LOL.

Comment by Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars on February 1, 2012 at 3:42pm

Hey Robert,

I have a '72 000-28 too! Mine is NOT in mint condition (I traded it for one of my own builds and it came to me that way). We should compare serial numbers....maybe they're sisters, or brothers, or cousins......or next door neighbors LOL


Comment by Ginger on February 1, 2012 at 3:40pm

Just a little more regarding Chris' father who 'retired' from the guitar making business. I just checked in my Martin books & he was indeed an alcoholic who really had no interest in making guitars. It wasn't so much that he did it wrong, as much as he didn't do it at all. He had products brought in from Asia, he tried branching out to include banjos & mandolins etc, but he was lousy at salers, &  his heart was in none of it. He finally retired & allowed his son (at that time studying to be a marine biologist in California) to come back home & study under his grandfather. The rest is history.


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