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Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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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 solid mahogany 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 endpin 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 wood: Solid mahogany
  • 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 and 17th frets
  • Bridge material: Black richlite
  • Bridge style: Belly
  • Tuning machines: Chrome enclosed with small button
  • Pickguard: black
  • Case: 345 hardshell
  • Interior label: Paper label
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
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MartinRoad Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Toured for a year

By Reverend Red

from California

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Purchased this a year ago as an upgrade and reliable touring acoustic. I have played across the USA and have had this thing through changing climates and temperatures cold and hot in the trunk of a car, in the van, and in trailers. It came with a very sturdy case, and after playing over 50 shows in the year an countless hours of practice and even some recording, I still haven't had to change the battery lol! Completely happy with this guitar and it will see Europe next spring, which I'm confident it will stand up to the travel and abuse.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound at a great price.

    By Happy with Martin

    from Magalia, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great construction
    • Great playability after professional setup at GC
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This certainly is a dreadnought worth buying. This RS1 has the same tone as my $2,000 Martin GC-MMV custom dreadnought, but includes a built-in Fishman Sonitone pickup system that includes an undersaddle transducer with sound hole mounted volume and tone controls. Plug into a Fishman acoustic amplifier and you're ready for open Mic or a small room concert. The sapelle (sometimes referred to as African mahogany because it has the same wood characteristics) ensures strong sand lasting construction (although a bit heavy) and will only sound richer with age, provided it is humidified correctly (which should be a concern for all hollow wood instruments). The hard case that comes with this guitar is the same case that came with my Martin that costs three times as much. I am very pleased with this purchase.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Neck is Stratabond

      By Mick

      from Matawan, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Nice, Warm Tone
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The neck is NOT mahogany as is stated on this website. It is Stratabond, which is a laminated birch material. I have had the DRS-1 for two years now and I love it. While it lacks some brightness and projection as compared with spruce-topped Martins, it has a warm, round tone that won me over. The warmth and midrange make it an excellent choice for playing acoustic leads. It still sounds brighter than any Guild, Fender, Ovation, Gibson, Breedlove, or Yamaha I have tried and it does retain that high-frequency Martin sparkle. The only way to beat the tone of the DRS-1 in my opinion is to get a Taylor or a higher-end Martin. Only Taylor guitars are more playable. This made-in-Mexico acoustic is a winner. I would definitely replace it or get a higher-end Martin or Taylor, but for the money, this is a great choice.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin wins again

        By Dave

        from Yucca valley CA

        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 Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This new Martin is a beauty...beautiful in is looks and in its production of graceful sound

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful tone

          By Theodore

          from Tucson, AZ

          Pros

          • Case
          • Playability
          • price
          • Smell
          • Tone

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I normally don't like the sound of mahogany acoustics. I went to Guitar Center planning on either a Taylor or a Martin X series as I had played these at the store before and had narowed my choices down to these guitars in my budget. On purchasing day I picked this DRS-1 up on a whim since I was having trouble deciding. Man, am I glad I did. The tone is absolutely amazing; it doesn't sound like your typical mahogany guitar, it has a great, balanced sound with clear highs, nice mids and good, deep bass. Every other mahogany I ever tried sounded... muffled? Not this one. Fit and finish are flawless. It plays like a dream. I actually think the new Richlite materials they are using are a cool idea. The onboard electronics sound great through the PA at church. And it comes with a case?! You can't beat this guitar for looks, smell, price, playability and construction. Play one if you're looking in this price range, you may be pleasantly surprised. I was.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds AND looks great!

            By Mike

            from West Branch, MI

            Site Member

            Comments about Martin Road Series 2015 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I have had the guitar less than a month but I love it. I played every acoustic-electric that my Guitar Center had under $1,000. My intention was to buy a cut-out but after every guitar I played, I went back to this one. It has such a full sound (not sure how else to describe it). As beautiful as the guitar is, its sound is what won me over. Hard case that it comes with was a pleasant bonus. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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