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Designed for working and traveling guitarists on a modest budget.
In making the 000RS1 Audiortium Acoustic-Electric, Martin guitar set out to build a solid-bodied instrument with all the sound and projection of their more expensive guitars. The 000RS1 was also designed for the working and touring guitarists looking for an instrument with a balanced tone and projection.
The top, back and sides are crafted of solid sapele and braced for resonance and projection. This guitar has a comfortable, low oval neck, built from multilaminate Stratabond for extra rigidity and durability. The belly bridge and fingerboard is made of forest-friendly Richlite, a material that has a similar look and feel to ebony.
This 000RS1 comes equipped with the Fishman Sonitone sound reinforcement system, featuring rotary controls for volume and tone. The Sonitone is a great-sounding, easy-to-use system that is perfect for stage and studio application. A hardshell case is included to make this an absolutely amazing value.
If you are looking for a great-sounding instrument, with that legendary Martin sound, the 000RS1 is a great choice. Order now.
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Comments about Martin Road Series 000RS1 Acoustic Electric Guitar:
It's discouraging how hard it is to find a solid wood guitar at a reasonable price. With this guitar, Martin provides a quality player by trimming some fat from luxury models.
When viewing this guitar I was deciding between this and the Martin 000-15. Both are similar in many ways save that this one is made out of Sapele (an African, mahogany substitute), made in Mexico and has a strabond neck. I needed a guitar to play out live and would have needed to install a pickup in a 000-15. When it came down to it, I couldn't justify the price difference. If you're a purist and the neck and fingerboard will keep you discontented, I'd recommend the 15 series for you.
The only considerable "con" to me is the stratabond neck. The strabond necks, to me, are not bad at all. I've heard it argued that these necks do not affect tone or playability, and I agree. They don't stifle resonance, they're not heavy and arguably they're more durable and less prone to warping as opposed to a traditional neck, making this guitar something that I'll worry less about when traveling and bringing this guitar into the harsh temperatures of my car or trailor.
Also, this guitar is made in Mexico which also helps contribute to it's low(er) price. A friend of mine has a USA Martin X series. With a hard-shell case, pick up and solid wood, I felt no comprise in buying a Mexican made Martin. It's well built.
I needed a quality made and great-sounding guitar that I could use in live settings and record with.