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Martin Road Series 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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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
  • Country of origin: United States
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MartinRoad Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Stays in tune (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (7)
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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
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 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.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 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.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Glad I bought it

      By Jim

      from High Point NC

      About Me Experienced

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      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 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I am well satisfied with this guitar. It makes me sound like a better player compared to my other guitars.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best decision I've made in a long time

        By Roger the Shrubber

        from Carmel Valley, CA

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        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 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

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar!!

          By EM

          from Michigan

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

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

            I bought this guitar on December 26 and haven't set it down yet! I wanted to learn finger style and found my Epiphone Dove just too hard to play and fret, plus I didn't like the trebley sound it had. My wife said I could get whatever I wanted for my 50th birthday so I went to the closest Guitar Center and started playing guitars in my price range. It was between a Taylor 114 and the DRS1, but in the end I liked the more bassier sound of the Martin. This guitar is easy to play with pick or fingers and is easy to fret. The amount of pressure required to press down on the frets is minimal compared to the Dove, plus it just sounds GREAT! This will be the one guitar that I keep forever right next to my Les Paul. If you're on the fence about this don't be; run out and pick one up. You won't regret it.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I really like this guitar

            By Jim

            from High Point NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

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

              I am happy with this purchase. I can understand why Martin has a good name, and why people want to own a Martin. I am 73 and have been playing since I was 15.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent guitar!!

              By Jan

              from undisclosed

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Excellent. Ready for my first Album/ CD Recording

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Purchase

                By Jilly

                from Orrington, Maine

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

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

                  Love this guitar. Great price with hard case. Very good fit for my small frame. Love the sound, and love its look. One that I can be proud of. Have a Big Baby Taylor that has aged, and A Baby Taylor that was great for traveling. Getting a Martin was a hard decision as the Taylors were great guitars, but life is full of changes, so why not. Good choice for me.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent sound and feel

                  By bobthebully1000

                  from Boulder, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

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

                    This guitar offers a great full sound that you find on higher-end models. It's a really great deal for the money.

                     
                    5.0

                    What a Sound!

                    By Two Green Dots

                    from West Branch, MI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Nice looking
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

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

                      I wanted an acoustic/electric to replace an inexpensive acoustic Yamaha. I played every guitar in GC under a grand. I was ready to buy a used Taylor until I played this Martin. I had such a rich, full sound I changed my mind on the spot. I haver not ever had a regret. Love the sound of this guitar. My only complaint is that the plug in nut (that also holds one end of the strap) has come loose a couple of times and it is difficult to reach in to tighten it.

                       
                      5.0

                      Everything I expected

                      By Aaron Martin

                      from Dannemora NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

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

                        Became my 'to go to' guitar the moment I started playing it.

                         
                        4.0

                        IT'S A KEEPER

                        By Flatrocker

                        from Grand Junction CO

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        Great Tone, and loud. like the feel and very easy to play. I had a rosewood dreadnought some years back but passed it on to a brother that played more than I did at the time. this is the first acoustic purchase since. and I like it a lot. Great Guitar for the money, and good job GC. thank you.

                         
                        5.0

                        It's not just a guitar...it's a Martin!

                        By Big D

                        from Pittsburgh

                        About Me Experienced

                        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 DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          This is my 3rd Martin and each one is better than the last. It came out of the box perfectly setup and almost in tune. This craftsmanship of this guitar is flawless. You could put a $2000 price tag on this and not bat an eye. It plays like butter and has the Martin sound on every strum, every fret. The neck feels great, no fret edges and the mahogany body looks like a fine piece of furniture. I bought this guitar to keep in open D tuning but it might become my number 1, or at least 1A. If you're on the fence about this, do yourself a favor and get one, you won't regret it. It's my 3rd Martin with many more to come. And kudos to Tony at GC in Pittsburgh, great, professional, fast, friendly service!

                           
                          5.0

                          Love this amazing guitar!

                          By Cinco

                          from Fort Collins, Colorado

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

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

                            I absolutely love this guitar. The only problem I have had with it is that here in Colorado you have to keep it humidified CONSTANTLY or you will have major issues. Even when I got it out of the box the initial action was way lower than factory settings. A few days of letting the guitar adjust in the humidity case seemed to take care of the problem. This was my second DRS1 - The first one I got from the local GC store and ended up returning after a week because the action just got lower and lower over time until the strings started buzzing (I kept that one humidified constantly as well)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best of the best guitar

                            By No name

                            from South jersey

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Small Venues

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

                              Compared to all of my other guitars, this has to be the best Jam out, played at a few small concerts, and practiced for upcoming events.
                              #love

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