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Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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The Martin DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar marks the return of Martin's Road Series, which was originally introduced in 2001, designed for ...Read More

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Designed for working and traveling guitarists on a modest budget.

The Martin DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar marks the return of Martin's Road Series, which was originally introduced in 2001, designed for working and traveling guitarists on a modest budget, who require their instrument to be durable without giving up the quality of its sound.

The top, back and sides are crafted of solid sapele and braced for resonance and projection. The DRS1 neck is built with multilaminate Stratabond for extra rigidity and durability, and the belly bridge and fingerboard are made of Richlite that achieves a similar look to ebony.

This DRS1 comes equipped with the Fishman Sonitone sound reinforcement system, which has a preamp mounted in the soundhole with rotary controls for volume and tone. The Sonitone is powered by a 9 volt battery and has an end-pin jack. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Body size: D-14 fret
  • Top: solid sapele
  • Rosette: single ring
  • Back material: solid sapele
  • Side material: solid sapele
  • Binding: none
  • Neck shape: modified low oval
  • Headstock :solid/standard taper
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard position inlays:
  • 1/8'' dots - one @3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, two @
  • 12th, one @ 15th & 17th frets
  • Bridge material: black richlite
  • Bridge style: belly
  • Tuning machines: chrome enclosed w/ small button
  • Pickguard: black
  • Case: 345 hardshell
  • Interior label: paper label
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

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Martin2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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94%

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Boomer Reviews the DRS1

Sapele is almost identical in sound to mahogany, so this solid Sapele guitar sounds almost- just like a Martin D-15M. The one that came to me is flawless and beautiful. It has...Read complete review

Sapele is almost identical in sound to mahogany, so this solid Sapele guitar sounds almost- just like a Martin D-15M. The one that came to me is flawless and beautiful. It has sentimental value for me since I used to live in the rain forest of West Africa and have good memories of the wood used to hand-carve furniture and other useful items there. My guitar has fine tuners, comes with a really great Fishman sound booster system, has perfect frets, nice coated Martin strings that should last a long time and sound great, and the neck is made in the laminate style that should last forever. It is very comfortable to play given the neck size and shape. The guitar has a deep mahogany like tone and the top likes to vibrate deeply for a long time. It is quite a nice sound contrast to the various types of guitar tops made of spruce or cedar. It does not seem to make any difference for the tone that the fretboard and bridge are made of Richlight. The case is the 345 Martin case with green fur inside, and it is fine, too. I think this is a remarkable package for what it costs. It is not an inferior product for having been manufactured in Mexico. It is very well made, a guitar to be proud of. And you know ... Sapele has the extra added benefit of smelling really good!

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Decent enough at this price

This is the cheapest all-wood Martin right now, and can be had for around 799 at various retailers. Martin makes use of certain construction techniques, and materials that may stick in the craw...Read complete review

This is the cheapest all-wood Martin right now, and can be had for around 799 at various retailers. Martin makes use of certain construction techniques, and materials that may stick in the craw of the traditionalists. The neck is a multilayered stratabond, which is thin sections of birch glued together. This makes for a very stable, and strong neck, and is far stronger than a one piece. The fingerboard and bridge are richlite, which is resin and paper pressed and heated to form a material that has the appearance and feel of ebony. I have to admit that though hard about buying this guitar ( being somewhat of a traditionalist). However the DSR-1 plays well enough, and sounds pretty good ( at least to my ears). I did change the strings to D'Addarios, and had a bone saddle and nut made. I am not very impressed with the tuners. They are a bit stiff, and somewhat jerky. Maybe I just got a bad set. I will probably get some lighter Gotoh vintage style open geared tuners, or maybe just trade it for something better.

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5.0

Just WOW!

Pros

  • Looks
  • Setup
  • Smells Great
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Work and Play

    Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is my second Martin and I couldn't be happier. This guitar not only look great but sounds even better. Great tone both highs and lows. To my surprise when I removed it from the box I found that it did not have a richlite bridge and fingerboard. They are made of Marodo, a rosewood from Bolivia. I contacted Martin and was told that they had a run with that wood. Setup was great right out of the box, can't ask for more. Buy one of these if you would like and all wood guitar for a reasonable price.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice

    By RonD

    from Gilbert, AZ

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    Pros

    • Clean design
    • Lightweight
    • Manufactured Quality
    • price
    • Sound quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Beginning Guitarist
      • Gigs
      • Practice

      Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I looked at a lot of guitars in this price range and below. Eventually I decided to go with this "entry level" DRS1 because I did not want something fancy and wanted a quality instrument to learn on that would continue to produce good sound as I progress. It has been many years since I played and I am just getting back into it now that I have the time. I checked it out at a local store so I knew ahead of time what I was getting. The guitar was delivered fast and was perfect out of the box. Martin takes a lot of pride in their guitars, even these lower end models.. Buying a Martin guitar is like buying a Porsche.. They continue to acknowledge your purchase and offer support.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent enough at this price

      By steviegee

      from Rockford IL

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            Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This is the cheapest all-wood Martin right now, and can be had for around 799 at various retailers. Martin makes use of certain construction techniques, and materials that may stick in the craw of the traditionalists. The neck is a multilayered stratabond, which is thin sections of birch glued together. This makes for a very stable, and strong neck, and is far stronger than a one piece. The fingerboard and bridge are richlite, which is resin and paper pressed and heated to form a material that has the appearance and feel of ebony. I have to admit that though hard about buying this guitar ( being somewhat of a traditionalist). However the DSR-1 plays well enough, and sounds pretty good ( at least to my ears). I did change the strings to D'Addarios, and had a bone saddle and nut made. I am not very impressed with the tuners. They are a bit stiff, and somewhat jerky. Maybe I just got a bad set. I will probably get some lighter Gotoh vintage style open geared tuners, or maybe just trade it for something better.

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            • No

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Ale

            from San Juan

            Pros

            • Feels Good To Play
            • Good Plugged In Sound
            • Good sound
            • Looks beautiful
            • Simple look

            Cons

            • Case Smells Like Play-doh

            Best Uses

            • concerts
            • Jamming Sessions
            • Practice
            • Recording
            • Small gigs

            Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I used to own a cheap classic guitar and finally decided to move up to a more serious acoustic-electric. Right out of the box, the guitar looks beautiful (looks better than the pictures) with it's dark-wood-ish finish. The sound is loud and crisp, and louder if you want to plug it in. The construction is simple, has no unnecessary ornamentation, which is perfect for me because I prefer simple guitars. The action is set up nicely and is great for finger picking or strumming. The included case protects the guitar well, but it smells like play-doh which kinda sticks to the guitar for a while. Other than that, it's a great guitar. I've tried a few others for a similar price but this one wins me over.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Adventure Friend

            By Joserobles

            from El Paso, TX

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                  Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I was looking for a good guitar that would not only gig with me to camps, friend meetings, and the ranch, but also sound amazing when I am giving an imaginary concert by myself in my bedroom. I was also looking for something durable and the DRS1 is all that. The sound is amazing, it feels good (it uses medium strings which can be a little hurtful at the beginning, but add awesome volume and tone) and the fact that it is made out of more resistant materials that the regular all-solid mahogany gives me peace of mind since I like to take it out where changes of temperature, dust, and beer are always around. and do not underestimate its great sounds and tone, it is very solid so you can go ahead and strum it hard and it just sounds better. Very bassy, very warm and deep tone but as loud as any other when you play it with force. This will definitely be a lifetime friend.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Martin DRS1

                  By MJL

                  from Virginia Beach, VA

                  Pros

                  • durability
                  • Easy to play
                  • Great sound

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this guitar about two weeks ago and love it more and more as I play it. I played many different guitars before I chose this one and none of them sounded quite like this one. It sounds very unique and distinct; there is no muddiness at all. Fingerpicking or strumming, it sounds amazing. The quality is there as well, it feels very solid in your hands.

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                    • Yes

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AMAZING ALL AROUND

                    By vinmack

                    from Carlisle, PA

                    Pros

                    • Amzing Tones
                    • BEAUTIFUL
                    • Great price
                    • Tone quality
                    • Well built

                    Cons

                    • Needs A Set Up

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      As soon as I saw this guitar I was mesmerized. It's so beautiful. As soon as I played it, I bought it. I must have sat in the acoustic room in Guitar Center for five hours playing this thing. It's so easy to play. If my Gibson SG was an acoustic guitar, this would be the one. I prefered it over the higher end Martins, and Gibsons in the room. AMAZING!

                      The only problem I've ever had is that my high E, and my G string started buzzing pretty hard after a few months. I took it in for a quick set up and the local guitar repair shop and it's as good as new. I love it.

                      I have a really nice Guild at home, but this guitar is a work horse. It goes everywhere with me. It's built to last.

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                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great American Standard Bred

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                            Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Good go to guitar for every guitar mood I'm in. Loud when I want. Soft and sweet as nessasary. This guitar is not a Mahogany.....unless you close your eyes, and pick like you want her to sound, that way. This instrument will equil the capability of the musician playing it. Holds tuning, nice neck, set up easy on the fingers. I really like this guitar and have 28 others, from which to choose. My coffe colored baby goes with me alot. Makes me proud too. Excellent Guitar you get your moneys worth, sounds great plugged in too!!

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                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Supreme

                            By Gabe

                            from California

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                                  Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  After trying many other martins, even the higher end ones 3K range, I had to pick this one over them! The sound just overpowers the room. Others were playing Taylors and higher end Martins but when I started playing this guitar, it just had a commanding presence.

                                  I play worship music and this guitar does it for me. I like to heavy strum and play a lot of power chords with occasional lead and this guitar handles that very well. I compared the higher end Martins to this guitar while sitting and playing and the higher end Martins sound inferior to this guitar, to me.

                                  The smell is inviting and I love playing this guitar.

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Like It :)

                                  By Watchitburn1995

                                  from Norfolk, VA

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Great sound
                                  • Looks great
                                  • Plays Well
                                  • Smells Good

                                  Cons

                                  • Big
                                  • Heavy String Tension

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Busking
                                  • Gigging
                                  • Practice

                                  Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  Good guitar, sounds really nice; dark and woody tone. I love the way that mahogany looks, and the sapele is reall close; slightly lighter and more figured wood grain. Great looking guitar. It's heavy, a quality I like once the guitar is out of the case, but it makes it kind of a pain to carry around. It's a little big; not really a making or breaking point, esp. since it's a dreadnought in the first place, but something to keep in mind. The top has a slight arch, which adds an excellent punch to the sound. The pre-amp system is very nice as well, volume and tone are mounted on inside of soundhole, they work well, get a good range out of the tone knob. My only point of contention is that the guitar has really heavy string tension, which may be just due to the 13's that are on it? But that part does take some getting used to. But it has good action, nice wood grain, sounds good, and uhh, I dig it!
                                  Also, it smells realllyyyyyy good. Like really good. Buy it just to smell it. I just read in another comment that that's due to the sapele, so, I'm definitely going to remember this wood when looking at future guitars.

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