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Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Built on traditional styling and legendary Martin tone, the DRS1 acoustic-electric is one of the most affordable solid wood models they offer. Constructed with sapele top, back and sides for a very ma... Read More

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Overview

Built on traditional styling and legendary Martin tone, the DRS1 acoustic-electric is one of the most affordable solid wood models they offer. Constructed with sapele top, back and sides for a very mahogany-like warmth most acoustic players crave with a bit more love on the high end. The modified low oval neck profile, paired with the hand-applied natural oil finish make it a smooth transition along the black Richlite fingerboard. Other appointments include a black boltaron endpiece, white bridge and end pins with black dots, black pickguard, single ring rosette and a Fishman Sonitone undersaddle pickup. While the DRS1 doesn't have a ton of aesthetic extras, it's a solidly built dreadnought that is sure to make you happy to call your own for years.

Features
  • Body
  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sapele 
  • Back & sides: Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: A-Frame
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Black Richlite
  • Neck wood: Select Hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: No
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed with small buttons
  • Bridge: Black Richlite
  • Saddle & nut: White Coriian Compnensated/White Tusq
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
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MartinRoad Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
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5.0

Best decision I've made in a long time

By Roger the Shrubber

from Carmel Valley, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    A fellow strummer once told me that owning a better instrument makes you want to be a better player. That is certainly true with this guitar. Owning Martin is something I've dreamed of, but never thought I could afford until now. Sure, Martin now makes guitars nearly in all price ranges, and yes, this model is made in Mexico, but with the excellent financing available through GC, I am now a proud owner. Is it a D28? Nope, but it sounds great, with rich bottoms and clean highs. Go in and play one; you'll be surprised how much sound comes from a sub-$1,000

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    4.0

    Great Guitar. Would Recommend.

    By J.A

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Excellent. Ready for my first Album/ CD Recording

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      5.0

      Excellent guitar!!

      By Surfdude

      from Drifter

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Absolutely nothing!

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      An excellent guitar at a great price. The mahogany top gives the tones a long beautiful sustain when playing!

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      5.0

      Possibly best guitar I've ever owned

      By Mongo

      from Knoxville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I had to sell a used Martin D-28 back in September of 1999 to pay some emergency expenses. I've always pined for that guitar, until now. My wife surprised me recently with the purchase of the Martin DSR-1. I can't say enough good about this guitar. Playability, sound, quality ... you name it. All top notch and what you'd expect out of a Martin. I think it honestly plays better than the D-28 I had. Quite possibly the best guitar I've ever owned. Love it. I'll never part with this one.

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        5.0

        Remarkable tone I've searched for for years

        By Singer, Rhythm Download Band

        from Omaha, Ne

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin Road Series 2016 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I've always been a Gibson guy. Learned to play on dads 49' L5. Just finished a new CD with Rhythm Download Band and we used a 74' Gibson Heritage with sweet playability and sound. Was sure to get a Gibson singer songwriter for 2800.00 but went to GC and played one and didn't overly impress. I was at a loss. Met a Friend at GC lot, threw back some absinthe and jager, went into the acoustic room and quickly tried 20 high end models from Gibson, Taylor, and Martin. One clearly stood out in tone and playability above any price range, even includes hard case. So I bought a 2016 Road Series DRS1 Martin. Apparently price does not determine everything. They stumbled on an Sapele African mahogany legend here. Wow, how sweet it plays and sounds. Still respect Gibby's though.

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