Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 888365366661

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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... Read More

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Overview

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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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Martin2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

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4.0

Nice player but unstable in a dry climate

By ed baron

from Fort Collins Colorado

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a fairly nice guitar overall. Nice punch. clear tone, even though the action is higher than I'd like. But after 4 months of light playing, most of this time spent resting in its case, the back separated along the lower bout. I have 10 guitars here in Colorado, 7 of them are hollow bodies that I hydrate in their cases. 3 of the dreadnoughts are over 40 years old...and I've never had a problem due to humidity...or lack of it. It would seem to me that the mahogany-like sepele wood must be unstable in low humidity climates...and anyone wanting to purchase a DRS-1 should keep this in mind. The workmanship is fine otherwise.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Amazing

By Michelle Adams

from Ringgold, Georgia

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've just recently started playing and wanted to spend a little bit of money for a decent guitar. I have been so pleased that the salesman at guitar center led me to purchase the drs1. The look and sound of this Martin is fantastic. The tones are so rich and full it's unbelievable. I love to finger pick and you don't even really have to amp it up for sound it projects so beautifully. It was an added bonus that it comes with a hard shell case. Can't beat that for the money.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This one surprised me

By judy morrill

from Farmville, Va.

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been looking at the15M for awhile. I am for whatever reason, partial to mahogany acoustic guitars. I sort of bumped into the DRS 1 in the process and kept going back to it because I liked the feel of the neck a lot. It actually wasn't the price that won me over, it was the neck and action.. The neck is a laminate- stratabond which is an extremely stabe material. Sapele really does mimic mahogany, in sound and looks and though simple and spartan as far as decorative options go, this guitar is still eye catching because of the sapele,which also does not fail to produce a full rich tone,lots of bottom-a big fat dreadnaught sound typical of a more expensive Martin. Even after a minor set up that included lighter gauge stings to my preference (Elixir nanoweb ex light) it did not lose any punch. If I had to nit pick it I found only one problem and that was with the nut which had some edges that were a bit sharp that I filed down. Very good to excellent performance for the price.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the Martin You've Been Looking For...

By Benjamin Rathke

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

...if you're like me and can't afford to drop $2000 on a quality acoustic/electric. It's a gorgeous guitar, obviously, with a gorgeous finish on the sapele wood. The fretboard, while not ebony, might as well be by both the look and feel. It's not as soft as rosewood, so you don't feel like you have to worry about wear, but smooth and solid enough to where it feels like you're gliding along and the guitar is almost playing itself. The sound is superb through a decent amp (I'm using a Fishman Loudbox mini myself), and unplugged it will fill a room with robust tones that may as well be amplified. Plugged in or unplugged, you get the bassier sound missing from a lot of electric/acoustics, but there's no sacrifice on the high ends. Cutaway or no, if you use the "dusty end" of the fretboard, you will not be disappointed. I haven't had it long enough to speak of durability (it is made in Mexico), but with proper humidification and temperature, coupled with Martin's legendary warrantee, you'll have an instrument for the ages.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value... Maybe the Best.

By Kevin Mann

from Birmingham, AL

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a spectacular guitar. If you are looking for a guitar for a starting musician, buy this guitar. You will get much better results than if you save a couple hundred bucks by getting a junker, and as long as it's taken care of (read the care instructions in the manual), there's no reason why it won't last a lifetime (it's got a lifetime warranty, excluding electronics which has a 1-year warranty). This guitar is fun just to open the case and let the scent waft about. Pros: Solid wood body. Excellent tone. Great price. Great company. Unique look. Smells great. (Weird? Sniff one and decide.) Cons: Stratoform neck and composite materials for detailing. Not made in Nazareth, PA. Basically, both of the cons come from lowering the price and increasing value. You get a solid wood guitar for much much less than $1000. Just look around at web reviews. I haven't seen any negatives about how it sounds (though at least one remarked about the simplistic electronics). This is a really great guitar for anyone. When I thought I had a hum issue (which turned out to be an appliance in my desk and no problem with the guitar), the customer service rep was friendly, in Pennsylvania, and reliable (I called a few times and got the same one each time, Jim). He was happy to take a look at the guitar for me, though luckily it turned out to be user error (me). So you get a great value from a great, historic company.

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you�ۡ���ve ever wanted to own a Martin

By JIM KEEN

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

To me, Martin is THE acoustic guitar maker. In my opinion nothing measures up to the quality and sound of a Martin. I love the look of the satin finished Sapele. The herringbone inlays and fancy, smancy this or that doesn?t make a guitar sound better. The modified low oval neck shape is very comfortable in my hands and easy to barre chords with. There are some manmade materials on the guitar. The bridge and fingerboard are richlite, the nut corian, the saddle Tusq and the neck is stratabond. The way I look at it, that's one less thing I have worry about when it comes to wearing out, warping or cracking due to a humidity issue. The top, back and sides are SOLID Sapele! And it comes with Fishman Sonitone electronics,which sound great, is easy to operate, it?s mounted out of sight and there?s not a huge hole cut out of the side of the guitar with a giant, black plastic box sitting in it and ruining the look of the wood. For the quality, appointments and craftsmanship the DRS1 is hard to beat.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar I have ever bought

By Josh Shoup

from Grandville, MI

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is my first review, so please bear with me. I purchased this guitar 1 year ago, i had a started Fender accoustic that was doing what i wanted it to do..but I wanted something amazing. I went to guitar center and (literally) picked up every guitar they had to till I found something that would blow me away. This guitar caught my eye right away (how can it not?!?! it is gorgous!) once i play a couple chord's...i knew it was fate. I bought it right away. Since then, I have recorded with it, made new songs on it. No one touches it, because they know out of all my guitars (i currently own 7) that THIS one is my baby. I wish everyone the best of luck in finding your sound for the music you create. This was the best purchase I ever made. DO yourself a favor. Go to your local Guitar store and play this thing...it will blow your mind too

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(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fo shizzle

By Ank Agarwal

from hong kong china

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

it plays like a mushy potato, soft, but loud as hell

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEET DRS1

By Norm Goldberg

from Chicago

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

WOW....WOW....I have no idea how Martin made this amazing guitar and include a hard case. Beautiful, wood ( sapele), perfect construction, the sound is OLD School like Dylan or Peter, Paul & Mary....sweet sounds, full tonal balance, warm, clear and perfect mid range..... Bought it to play for my new grandson ( he loves music) and someday, I will give this to him. This is a real value from a great luthier...

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By andrew englert

from Ferdinand

Comments about Martin 2014 Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased a Martin DRS1 about a month ago and i love it. The guitar produces great sound. The tone is not too bright or soft. I have already had many compliments on the quality of the sound. The aroma the Sapala wood gives off is also very pleasing.

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