The Martin DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed 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 m... Read More
The Martin DRS1 Dreadnought Left-Handed 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.
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I have had this guitar for a year and it really is a nice guitar. Although now, I'm noticing that this guitar is not nearly as well constructed as Martins that I've owned in the past. In particular, the mic hook up is falling apart. It is located on the bottom of the instrument and is combined with the guitar strap button. (So, you plug your cord into the guitar strap button). The problem occurs when you use your strap, the natural rocking motion of the strap loosens the inside nut that holds the part together. I realized this in the middle of a gig and looked down to see the threads of the screw hanging out of the bottom of the guitar! The only way to fix this is to take off all the strings and get a small child with thin, little arms to reach in there and tighten the nut. This is actually how I've fixed it. Seriously, it's the only way! Also, the sound mechanism inside the guitar is simply stuck to the inside of the guitar with a very small, sturdy piece of adhesive tape. This comes unglued and sort of hangs in the sound hole from time to time. Lastly, the battery for the mic is located inside the guitar as well. It's in a little pouch that is attached with velcro on the inside. When your battery goes, you have to loosen all the strings to get inside there and change it. If it goes during a gig, this is a real pain. It's just bad planning in the construction, so there's no way to fix that. I am really upset that I am dealing with these issues on a Martin. I realize that this is not an extraordinarily expensive guitar, but it isn't cheap either. The instrument itself has a beautiful sound, which is why I purchased it in the first place. But I traded my 15 year old Martin DX 11 for this and I am beginning to regret that. The DX 11 was made in America (at that time, now they are made in Mexico), was about $350 cheaper and was solid as a rock. It didn't have a built-in pick up, but I added a pick up to the sound hole and it was much less of a headache than this. Anyway, I hope this helps if you're looking for a new gigging guitar. I have loved Martins, but after this, maybe it's time to try out some Taylors.
I have one word for this guitar; AMAZING. This Martin is the best acoustic guitar I have owned or played especially for the price and it came with a Martin hard shell case!! The minute I took it out of the case I can tell Martin stuck with it's high standard of quality. The feel of this guitar is great and the action is very smooth. The warm sound is awesome and very clean. I fell in love with it from the first strum. I like the fact that there are no bells and whistles, only tone and volume which brings out the true acoustic sound any electric acoustic guitar should have. I would have liked it to have had a built in tuner just for ease of tuning especially when I am playing live but it stays in tune which is a problem I have had with other manufacturers lately. I mainly play acoustic guitar in the bands that I am part of and I recommend this for anyone. It is very lightweight and Plug or Unplugged has that warm crisp sound that perks up your ears up when you hear it.
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