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Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Martin DSR Acoustic Guitar offers standout looks and sound. Crafted with a solid spruce top and a solid rosewood body for clear, bright tone, the...Click To Read More About This Product

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An elegant acoustic with solid spruce top and solid rosewood sides for supreme sound.

The Martin DSR Acoustic Guitar offers standout looks and sound. Crafted with a solid spruce top and a solid rosewood body for clear, bright tone, the instrument's unique rounded body edges provide a distinctive appearance and playing comfort. A-Frame bracing under the top assures hallmark Martin resonance.

FEATURES
Construction: mortise/tenon neck joint
Top: solid spruce
Back material: solid genuine rosewood
Side material: solid genuine rosewood
Neck material: Mahogany
Fingerboard & bridge: solid rosewood
Neck shape: modified low oval
Nut material: White Corian

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MartinCustom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best acoustic I?ve ever owned?

By Ekralicek

from Centreville VA

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Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

The sound is full bodied and amazing. The base is true as is the treble. I?ve waited a long time for a guitar this. I?ve owned Yamahas, Ovations, Gibsons ? many guitars over the forty or so years I?ve been playing and this one does make your head turn when you hear it. I pulled it out and played it for the first time in front of my wife and she couldn?t believe what I paid for it. I was going to buy a Taylor 214CE but after looking around I could not find a better guitar for the money.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I was in the market for an acoustic guitar. I'm really picky about my musical equipment, so I researched online for the absolute best guitar I could get for $1,000 and under. Sure enough, I found it. This guitar has all solid premium wood, (sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides), and is made in America. It sounds so good, that I tried the d-28 and this guitar, and I SWEAR this one sounds better. For strings, I recommend martin sp phosphor bronze. I highly recommend this guitar!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why Oh Why?

By Ryan Valenzuela

from Maui HI

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Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Why Oh Why so cheap??? I could not believe this. I had this guitar for a couple of months now and it just plays better.... You will not get a better deal than this... All solid rosewood back and sides and solid sitka spruce top... UNBELIEVABLE sound... It has a satin finish, not glossy and flashy.... but the sound is more honest... you could feel the whole body resonate as you strum it... I would choose sound over aesthetics anytime of the day, and satin or high gloss is really a taste issue... some like it satin and not too glossy... and the less lacquer you put on your guitar, the more resonant it is... neck and action is perfect... I love this guitar... it has the tone quality of a 500 and above Taylor but the price is ridiculously amazing... and yes, IT"S A MARTIN...other guitar companies have their all-solid wood acoustics built in China to accommodate this price range... but this guitar is yes, built in USA... you won't regret it.... if you are a tone snob in a tight budget buy this now before it runs out....

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Value!!!!

By Happy Customer-dUSG1

from Coastal North Carolina

Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased this guitar during the Labor Day weekend sale. The guitar does not have the Martin aesthetic bells and whistles however there is no shortage of Martin sound or playability. I immediately took this guitar to a Martin Tech for a setup. After completion of the set up and putting SP Custom lights on this instrument it is by far the best playing and sounding acoustic guitar for the money hands down!!!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Christmas DSR

By Buck

from Fort Hood, TX

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Got this guitar for Christmas last year and love it. I had it set up by a professional in Austin TX, the action is low, easy to play and the tone is absolutely great. The action was pretty high to begin with but I've learned every guitar needs to be set up correctly when it comes out of the factory. I could not be happier with it.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Martin

    By Grand Pa Booper

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Airy Full Tone
    • Beautiful Construction
    • Flawless Build
    • Perfect String Set Up
    • Rich Bottom End
    • Tonal Balance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Sing Sessions
      • Group Playing

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I traded my Martin DRS on this model. The sapele on the DRS was tight and wee bit harsh. The DSR is totally different with the rosewood back & sides it gives a Martin warmth and detail. The Top is satin and it seems to add to the full bottom end with out being boomy.
      The tone is blended and full..Martin Style..
      This is a keeper....fun to play and the rosewood neck is wonderful and easy on my old hands.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent solid wood Martin

      By Slappy

      from Albany, NY

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      Pros

      • excellent craftsmanship
      • No Stratabond
      • Solid Woods

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • BLUEGRASS
      • Semi Pro
      • small venues
      • Teacher

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Satin finish - if you prefer gloss, look at the Martin MMV for a couple hundred $ more. This is basically the same model, just stripped down and priced appropriately. Lack of gloss allows this thing to vibrate the wooden floors in my house! Rosewood fingerboard, bridge, back and sides, solid spruce top, chrome tuners. This is one of the most powerful acoustics I've ever played. Loud, punchy bass, clear top-end and balanced mids. It's not dark at all. Although my $4K D-41 is a much prettier looking and sounding guitar, it's not as powerful as this. This is a Bluegrass canon, and suits a lot of different styles. The quality is unmatched. You will not go wrong with this guitar, and I highly recommend it over Martin's cheaper Stratabond guitars.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Guitar is a Rare Jewel!

      By Big Jim

      from Oliver Springs, TN

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      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I have had this guitar for some months now and quite honestly it is the only one I play. I have a Gibson Hummingbird, a Martin HD28 & a Taylor 210e and none of these guitars can match the playability, volume and full range of tone. Also, when I play alot, I tend to sweat on my forearm, my more expensive guitars that have a high gloss finish are really hard to maintain. With my DRS' satin finish, I just wipe down the guitar with a soft dampened cloth then gently dry off. Finally, the price!? Half as much as I paid for my Gibson & Martin and worth its weight in gold!!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful, Excellent Sounding Guitar

      By Ovationation

      from NJ

      Pros

      • Affordable Price
      • All solid woods
      • Amazing sound
      • Tunes Perfectly
      • Vibrant Resonance

      Cons

      • Better Case Needed
      • Case Is Just Ok

      Best Uses

      • Performance - All Venues

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      The guitar looks and sounds beautiful. It has a balanced tone quality throughout. The hard case needs to be of better quality. Material on
      plywood can rip easily when bumped.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No Better Deal Around

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I am still learning to play and this guitar is the absolute best guitar for the money, and I checked thoroughly, believe me. I have spent many hours enjoying the rich bass and overall highest sound quality for the money. Easy to play. Buy a new one, preferably playing it before you purchase, but it should not make too much difference. Highly recommend.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A lot of bang for the buck.

      By Getting better.

      from Plymouth, Pa.

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar has a very balanced sound. Low end is tight, not boomy and the high end really sparkles. Sustain is awesome. Playability is smooth and easy. Very lush sound in general. It's definitely a keeper. Hell, it's a Martin!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Martin Enthusiast

      from South Dakota

      Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I got this guitar for my 18th birthday, and it is by far the best Martin I have ever played. The tone is balanced, not heavy on the low end like most Martins are. Tuners are of quality and hold a tune amazingly, and after some adjustments on the bridge, no buzz whatsoever. I plug in with a Dean Markley humbucker in the sound hole and it sounds awesome. Overall, only Martin I will ever own.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar!

      By Bobby

      from Middlesex,N.J.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This is a no-frills instrument, but in no way does that diminish it`s value. It is simply a superb guitar! The setup is spot on right out of the box, it is very easy to play and sounds great all across the soundboard. Martin makes fantastic guitars!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bummer for Martin....

        By dodgerbleu

        from CA

        Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This is the only guitar I will buy for the rest of my life! Other guitars make you wish you had something else....this one doesn't! This is the only guitar that I want.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds so good

        Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have a Taylor 414ce, a Gibson L-4A and a 1974 Guild. If I could only have one it would be the Martin, even though the Guild was my 1st axe. It sounds and feels sooo sweet. Had the action lowered a bit. I love to finger pick this guitar. Sounded better than a 28 or anything on the wall.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this guitar!

        By Fiddle Man

        from Ketchikan, Alaska

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        Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        So my wife gave me this guitar as a wedding present and I am in love! I am not suited to compare it to other Martins as this is my first. However, when I compare it to every other acoustic guitar I've ever had. It is simply the best guitar I've had in my life. I always used to go for easy payability. That is the main argument for non-Martin lovers, is that they are beefier and a little harder to play. However, they are VERY loud, and the sound is comepletely unmatched. If you play in non-amplified settings, then this is the guitar for you. I can finally play leads that can be heard over other guitars. I suggest putting gauge .13 strings on your Martin for an extra punch. This guitar really is an active peice of history. Buying one is an investment and a legacy for your kids in years to come. Now that I own a Martin I would NEVER even think of buying a different acoustic guitar.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        it's ok

        By benny mac

        from morganton, nc

        Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        this guitar is nice and got to me fast. i do however have some issues with this model. the back and sides are so thin it freakes me out. i think anything can puncture it. the back is like a piece of panelling but thinner, same with the sides. dont get me wrong this is a cool guitar, just wish there was a little more to it. and it's a little buzzy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Another great guitar from Martin

        By Delta blues guy

        from Alabama gulf coast

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        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          The Martin DSR is a great value. I am a guitar collector, and I am particularly fond of the Martin USA brand. This instrument is beautifully crafted with its gorgeous grained spruce top and rosewood back and sides, all in a satin finish. This guitar is similar to my DR Centennial, which I dearly love, both in structure and the rich mids and lows projecting from its body. So much fun to play.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Guitar

          By -pat

          from Orlando

          Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have a lot of friends with guitars. I was at one of my friends house and played his Taylor 110E and I felt in love with it, I own a Takamine than I really like. I started looking for a Martin similar to the Taylor. I went to GC and tried them out. The Martins were awful to play very high action. So I settled for a Taylor 214e. The day I went to pick it up, they were out. The tech had just finished setting-up the DSR and asked me to try it. He brought 2 DSRs and a Taylor 110e. Once I played the DSR I did not play the Taylor anymore. I then compared the 2 DSRs and I could tell the difference between the 2 DSRs. The wood tops were very different so was the sound. However, they both sounded better than the Taylor. I bought it and I love it...

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          JFK

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Martin Custom DSR Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Outstanding sound and playability. This guitar brought me back to Matin products. I had several dreads in the past but this is light and blows me away with how good it feels and sounds.

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