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Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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Overview
  • Body size: D-14 fret
  • Top: solid sapele
  • Rosette: single ring
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $999.00
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    - $250.00
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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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MartinRoad Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        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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        Fair deal

        This is a really nice guitar for the beginner. However, if you are an intermediate to advanced player, this guitar has no dynamic range. You can pound on it, but you'll get...Read complete review

        This is a really nice guitar for the beginner. However, if you are an intermediate to advanced player, this guitar has no dynamic range. You can pound on it, but you'll get the same volume. It's not a loud guitar either, so it's best use is for practicing/learning the guitar or just playing for friends. It appears to be constructed and set up really nicely. I also find the electronics to be adequate but a little muddy, but that's to be expected at this price range. It's fairly priced for what you're getting, just don't expect it to keep up with a 2K guitar,it won't. I would recommend it for the beginner or hobbyist. not for an experienced player.

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        5.0

        Great Adventure Friend

        By Joserobles

        from El Paso, TX

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              Comments about Martin 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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              5.0

              Martin DRS1

              By MJL

              from Virginia Beach, VA

              Pros

              • durability
              • Easy to play
              • Great sound

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin 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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                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 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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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great American Standard Bred

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                        Comments about Martin 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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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Supreme

                        By Gabe

                        from California

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                              Comments about Martin 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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                              (2 of 2 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 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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                              • Yes

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great Solid Sound

                              By the Teleman

                              from Colorado Springs, Co

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                              Pros

                              • Distictive Martin Tone
                              • Good Sounding Electronics
                              • Smells Great

                              Cons

                              • Original Strings

                              Best Uses

                              • Great for on the go

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

                              Great all around Acoustic. Change the strings to Bronze 11-52 to liven up sound and best versatilaty. Solid wood guitar that only improves with age.

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                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Less Expensive Martin Comes Through

                              By Swanny

                              from Northern California

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                              Pros

                              • Dependable Stays In Tune
                              • Great sounding
                              • Looks Awesome
                              • Smooth Sound
                              • Well Built For Mim

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Gigging
                              • Pracitce
                              • Songwriting Jamming

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

                              I finally found a mid priced Martin that is well built enough to stack up to their higher end models.
                              If I could afford a 3000 buck Martin, I'd buy one. But for those of us who have to watch the wallet, this model DRS1 is a close second. I'm not a huge fan of Made In Mexico items, but that's more of a political preference than anything else. This MAY become my number one acoustic-electric. Time will tell. But it has to beat out an Alvarez Artist, A Yamaha Zebrawood and a Luna, so I'll be sure to give it a very thorough going over in the next few days.
                              I'd definitely recommend this guitaqr to anyone who wants something great, but can't afford the big cash for the more expensive models. It is well worth the money spent.

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                              (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Fair deal

                              Pros

                              • good setup
                              • Inexpensive
                              • very attractive

                              Cons

                              • No Dynamic Range
                              • Not A Loud Guitar

                              Best Uses

                              • Learning How To Play
                              • Play Alongs With Friends

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

                              This is a really nice guitar for the beginner. However, if you are an intermediate to advanced player, this guitar has no dynamic range. You can pound on it, but you'll get the same volume. It's not a loud guitar either, so it's best use is for practicing/learning the guitar or just playing for friends. It appears to be constructed and set up really nicely. I also find the electronics to be adequate but a little muddy, but that's to be expected at this price range. It's fairly priced for what you're getting, just don't expect it to keep up with a 2K guitar,it won't. I would recommend it for the beginner or hobbyist. not for an experienced player.

                              Comment on this review

                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Warmth and Character

                              Pros

                              • Tone

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I ordered this a few months ago to replace an old Yamaha that was no longer cutting it. The DRS1 came in a decent case, and was set up and in tune right out of the box. I was looking for a good, durable folk/rock/blues guitar, and this is it. The solid sapele wood produces a rich, warm sound with decent projection. There is also the very-high-end Martin sparkle in there. I've played my share of guitars, and this one is about as good as any acoustic in its price range. Playablity is decent, it comes with a good undersaddle pickup w/ volume and tone. The only drawback is that it lacks the brighter sound of a spruce-top guitar. But if you are looking for a mellower sound, like I was, you will not be disappointed. Workmanship was flawless and I like the materials. Stays in tune. Oh, and sapele smells great too. I tried a DRS2 at a large retailer and noticed only a slight brightening of tone as a result of the spruce top. I prefer the smoky sound of the DRS1 though. I am very satisfied and I feel like I got an excellent value with this purchase.

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