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Reviewed by 25 customers
I bought this guitar in 1998 and didn't play it much at first. The last few years however the guitar has really opened up. The bass is tremendous and what I really like about it is the response when you strum it, it has really good attack. I gave it a 4 for features because it's really plain. However, I've put a lowered TUSQ saddle on it and now the action is really fast with no buzz. I also hand-polished out the satin finish with 0000 steel wool and it looks better and I think it improved the sound too. Overall a fantastic guitar, especially for the money. My favorite guitar by a long shot!
I have owned this guitar for about 8 years now. It was my first Martin, and the one that turned me into a Martin fan for life. I played a handfull of more expensive guitars in the store, and the only ones that sounded better were the higher end Martins (like the HD 35, HD 28, and the D 41). But at a fraction of the cost, this guitar has the tone of a true Martin. After owning this guitar for a while (and now own my dream guitar in the HD 28) I have to say that this is truly a work horse of a guitar and has mellowed into a very warm and rich sounding instrument with time. I keep Elixir 80/20 medium lights on it and the tone seems to just get better every time I play it. When I travel or take a venture into the woods, this is the guitar that goes with me. It is a rugged and yet beautiful road companion. My wife can not tell the difference (with just her ears) between my DR and my HD 28 most of the time. If you want that Martin tone without the $2500.00 price tag, and a great road companion, you can not go wrong with the DR. Keep her hummidified and some good strings on her and the DR will surprise you time after time!
Do know that this instrument is laminated, so it's more durable for road use, or if you like to really use your instrument. If you want a subtle instrument for the studio, consider another model. Like all acoustics, this one will loosen up and sound better the longer you own it. This model seems to show this more than any of my others. Mine's about 11 years old and really opening up. The rosewood gives a nice balanced tone.
My Luthier friend informed me about a DR in a shop and told me to check it out. I did and I was amazed at the boom this guitar had. It is for the acoustic purist. The look is subtle elegance and it's sound and playability are amazing for the price. I gigged the other night with it and recently put an LR Baggs preamp in her and she delivered on stage!
Great guitar, what a tone! I changed the strings to Exlir lights to calm the volume as I play in a small apt. Had it for 2 days. It will handle any genre of music ya put though it. ENJOY!
I have owned this guitar for years now and it is great. It actually gets better with age. The sound has gotten bigger and better over the past 7 years. i would recommend this guitar to anyone.
I got my DR as an anniversary present in September of 2001, a high spot in a very low month. When I tried it out, it sounded as good as anything else in the store... D28s and custom Taylors included. It still has a marvelous whole sound that has become a little fatter and more round with age... hmmmmm... could this guitar be human? I'm still amazed that it will stay completely in tune for months at a time. Today I found a 30 year old DiMarzio sound hole pickup in a box in my basement. Slapped it on the DR and couldn't put it down.
I have a Martin DR, D28, and a OOOM Martin. I must admit that I play the DR most of the time. Indeed, I am considering selling my D28 since I seldom play it. The DR is a fantastic guitar. I would highly recommend that you try this guitar.
The DR has a bouncy action that makes your acoustic guitar picking take on a little something extra, an added dimension. The sound is quite rich and projects very well. The action is good, although it is of course not comparable to playing an electric! Acoustic picking takes a bit more effort because the strings are bigger and heavier, for the most part. But this is a good value. Martins can cost thousands, so to get one in this price range is a good deal. And any luthier will tell you that what really makes an acoustic sound like an acoustic is the spruce top! It doesn't actually matter that the back and sides are rosewood laminate and not pure rosewood...but of course if you can afford another few thousand, go for the solid woods! I don't mind playing an acoustic that is not electric too because you can always plug in with a good Fishman soundhole pickup....The guitar has a rather plain top, not all shiny and buffed out with lacquer, but it has natural wood beauty going for it! Of course I love the dreadnaught body style, and the guitar has good depth, from top to back.
This guitar has a very mild sound. Good guitar for a good price.