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Martin 2014 Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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The latest of Martin's hard-working, great sounding solid wood Road Series guitars, the Martin DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar delivers a u...Read More

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A working musician's Martin with a solid Sitke spruce top and Fishman Sonitone electronics.

The latest of Martin's hard-working, great sounding solid wood Road Series guitars, the Martin DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar delivers a unique blend of durability and concert-quality sound and projection. Constructed with solid sapele back and sides and Sitka spruce top, the DRS2 is a serious working musician's guitar built with an extra rigid solid mahogany neck to withstand the rigors of touring. A Fishman Sonitone sound reinforcement system completes this very road- and stage-worthy Martin. The Fishman Sonitone Onboard Preamp System features a soundhole mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone.

Includes a hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joinnt
  • Body size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Single ring
  • Top bracing pattern: A-Frame ''X-1''
  • Top braces: Solid Sitka spruce - 5/16''
  • Back material: Solid sapele
  • Back purfling: None
  • Side material: Solid sapele
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Endpiece inlay: none
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • Top inlay style: None
  • Side inlay: None
  • Back inlay: none
  • Neck material: Solid mahogany
  • Neck shape: Modified low oval
  • Nut material: White corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard taper
  • Headplate: Indian rosewood pattern HPL
  • Heelcap: None
  • Fingerboard material: Black Richlite
  • Scale length: 25.4''
  • Number of frets clear: 14
  • Number of frets total: 20
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard position inlays: 1/8"
  • Fingerboard binding: None
  • Finish back and sides: None
  • Finish top: Satin
  • Finish neck: Satin
  • Bridge material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge style: Belly
  • Bridge string spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' radius/compensated/white tusq
  • Tuning machines: Chrome enclosed with small buttons
  • Recommended strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge and End Pins: White with black dots
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Case: 345 Hardshell
  • Interior label: Paper label
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

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SPECIFICATIONS

2014 Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model: DRS2
  • Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Single Ring
  • Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame ''X-1''
  • Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
  • Back Material: Solid Sapele
  • Back Purfling: none
  • Side Material: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Endpiece Inlay: none
  • Binding: Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay Style: none
  • Side Inlay: none
  • Back Inlay: none
  • Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut Material: White Corian
  • Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
  • Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL
  • Heelcap: none
  • Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
  • Scale Length: 25.4''
  • Number of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fingerboard Position Inlays: 1/8
  • Fingerboard Binding: none
  • Finish Back & Sides: none
  • Finish Top: Satin
  • Finish Neck: Satin
  • Bridge Material: Black Richlite
  • Bridge Style: Belly
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
  • Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Case: 345 Hardshell
  • Interior Label: Paper Label
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

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MartinRoad Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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        4.0

        Martin Road Series Acoustic

        By f. Nies

        from New York

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              Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Martin Road Series Acoustic is very exciting I really like this guitar my most affordable guitar that I own I use the word affordable because this is anything but a cheap guitar this guitar sounds very good plays very well and is super fun to play. A joy to see from across the room a lovely appointed guitar with many features Basic yet blooming with awesome. Literally have not put this guitar down since it came earlier today.Took the time this evening to write this review yet I feel like I should be playing the guitar you really should just go try one for yourself you will not regret it I should mention that this guitar does not sound like my other Martin guitar it has a unique voice more modern very nice addition to any guitar collection. just a lovely guitar to play can't wait to bring this out to rehearsal, because she's so hot this guitar also sounds really good with my normal guitar amp which I usually play a Les Paul through I think this is an awesome thing this guitar actually sounds good through a guitar amp.I challenge you to plug in most acoustic electrics into a guitar amp and see what you get,or should I say hear .A fantastic guitar, I can't say enough good things about it, you should really get yourself one. Happy picking remember it's all about the experience.

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              5.0

              Works Like A Dream

              By Chuck Makela

              from North Myrtle Beach, SC

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                    Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This instrument is amazing! I attached it to a Samson 6-channel 400 watt powered mixer, a floor monitor (Kustom 15 inch), and a Kustom 15 inch PA
                    speaker. Wow, I sounded better than I actually am. We do venues from anywhere from 30 to 3000. This guitar delivers and the preamp system indicates Fishman quality. I believe you will really be pleased with this axe.

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Real Martin, Very Good Price

                    By Droog57

                    from Toronto Canada

                    Pros

                    • Case Included
                    • Sound
                    • Value for

                    Cons

                    • Factory Setup
                    • Volume

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I ended up with this Guitar after I had issues with a different model of Martin with composite back, sides and neck.
                      It wasn't that I disliked the first one, but the bridge started warping as soon as I got it and within a month it was buzzing badly. Humidity was probably a factor, but this was beyond small issues like that.
                      Then when I got the DRS2, I instantly loved the sound and feel, and snapped it up. The fact that it came with a Martin Hard Shell Case didn't play into the decision since I was unaware of that little bonus until I hit the checkout.
                      Once I had some time to settle into the guitar a couple of issues came up for me.
                      One was that the grooves in the nut machined in at the factory for the strings may have been too tight, I was having problems tuning when the string would snap into a new tuning all of a sudden when working the machine heads.
                      The second issue was with the neck setup.
                      I had already noticed that the composite neck on the previous model (see above) felt very rough, and that was explained to me as the factory missing the last sanding run on it, and the DRS2 also had a slightly rough (to my sense of feel anyway) texture to it, And in addition, the neck setup was not brilliant, the action a bit higher than it could have been.
                      Both issues were solved by a quick visit to my local Luthier, who did a setup and expanded the string guide holes in the Nut for me. Cheap fix.
                      Money well spent.
                      I just got it back on the weekend (it took me 3 months after I bought it to bring myself to part with it for a week) and now it's the real deal.
                      Plays beautifully and intonation is spot on.
                      The fretboard (being composite) feels great, nice action and my only complaint now has more to do with the finish on the guitar than anything else.
                      These class of Martin all have a satin finish, and apart from the fact that I don't much like the look, it seems to make the guitar less loud as well. But I am planning to try a few different sets of strings to see if that can be made better, and the next step will be a bone bridge and nut, but at this point these are nit-picking criticisms. If you are looking for a good guitar that will not break the bank but still be worthy to keep and pass down to the kids, grab one of these. It's purely a personal decision as to if you think a neck setup is worthwhile, but rest assured, either way, you got a darn good instrument. Cheers.

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                      5.0

                      Great guitar for the price!

                      By Bob

                      from Safford, AZ

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                      Pros

                      • Tone Is True Martin

                      Cons

                      • Poor battery access

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                        Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I love this guitar. For the price I couldn't have done better.

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Durability without lacking sound!

                        By Kingsly Bend

                        from Indiana

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Electronics
                        • Quality
                        • Sound
                        • Sustain

                        Cons

                        • Balance
                        • Volume

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          Well I've had this guitar since about January, I cought the Martin fever and had to get a durable one since I was traveling. I went to a local shop and they had this and the DRS1 played both a lot but ended up setting on the DRS2.

                          It's very well put together. No mess ups on the finish at all, everything you would expect from a quality company such as Martin. Since the neck is a lamenate and the body is pretty light it does have some balanceing issues strapped on. The neck is DURABLE, same stuff they've used on rifles in the past. Finish is a matt and is starting to get a pollished look from wear. It's taken a few knocks and absolutely no dents have shown.

                          The sound a great but a bone saddle made it just a little better in my opinion. It increased the sustain and it's easier to play harmonics with.(for me at least)

                          The Fishman electronics sound great, no fancy bells or whistles just straight volume and tone. Everything is extremely clean, I mean most people don't know it's an electric acoustic until I show them.

                          For the money it's a great guitar if you're doing small shows, hanging with friends and family.

                          So if you get one of these plan on getting a bone saddle.

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                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          GREAT VALUE

                          Pros

                          • All Solid Wood Body
                          • Great volume
                          • Includes Martin Case
                          • made in north america
                          • simple electronics
                          • SMOOTH NECK

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                            • Personel Enjoyment
                            • Worship Team

                            Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Own a similar Taylor at same price point. I believe the Martin has a better sound. The Taylor is intonated and plays well but the Martin sounds better.

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                            5.0

                            GREAT GUITAR as are all MARTINS

                            By GDTNOVA

                            from Lake Conroe Texas northwest of Houston

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                                  Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  Just bought one and very happy. Own 2 other Martins but loved the deal on this oine for one of my sons. sounds so good. you will never regret owning a Martin.

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                                  (27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Outstanding!

                                  By Ed Burns

                                  from Reno, NV

                                  Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  I don't have a lot of cash to spend on a "higher end" Martin, but I love Martins and play this one proudly. The best doesn't have to be reserved for those with a lot of money. This one will give you all the playability and quality you expect from Martin at a price point that is really attractive, and well within reach for most. I comes with a nice Martin case, and is ready for the stage, street, or where ever you perform. Add a humidification device and you are ready to roll. I couldn't be happier.
                                  Basic solid wood Martin dreadnaught with Richlite fingerboard and bridge Stratobond neck and pickup factory installed. A strap button is factory installed so no need to drill holes in an expensive instrument. I hated that in previous Martin's I've owned. The DRS2 is a rock solid guitar that will last for a lifetime and plays like butter. Bends are extremely smooth with the the Richlite fretboard. Stratobond has been used for many years as rifle and gunstocks. It is a little heavier than solid wood Martin necks, but probably ten times stronger. No neck warping here!
                                  Incredible! The solid spruce top on my DRS2 has some uneven grain, but it gives the guitar a unique look. I've played and owned many Martins that cost much more, and the DRS2 plays and sounds right up with the best. Hecho en Mexico at Martin's Navajoa factory in Sonora, the DRS2 is a guitar that is an incredibly well made instrument with all the quality expected with Martin's reputation. If it has Chris Martin's name on it, he stands behind it. Thats good enough for me!
                                  Any worries? Lifetime warranty to the original owner. I'm looking forward to watching this guitar age. This is a high end Mexican made guitar well worth the cash, and should outlast me. If it doesn't, I'll send it back and they will fix it. That is, if it is a quality issue and not my fault.

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                                  (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Excellent guitar, great sound, solid and for the price very hard to beat

                                  By BlessedJohn

                                  from New York state

                                  Comments about Martin Road Series DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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                                  Looked for two months before I found this gem ) You can not go wrong with the Fishman Sonitone pickup system includes undersaddle transducer with soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls. Good enough to take to the studio or touring on the road
                                  Solid Sapele sides & back, solid Sitka spruce top - Excellent value in a solid wood guitar
                                  Hard to beat this Martin for the price with Fishman pick up and case included

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