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Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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Martin’s Road Series line of guitars features a blend of the legendary Martin tone, with solid-wood construction, and lightning fast playability. The Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar was designed for the player that is searching for incredible tone, playability, and visual appeal at an affordable price. Its all solid-wo...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Martin’s Road Series line of guitars features a blend of the legendary Martin tone, with solid-wood construction, and lightning fast playability. The Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar was designed for the player that is searching for incredible tone, playability, and visual appeal at an affordable price.

Its all solid-wood construction produces a tone that will rival some of the most expensive guitars made today. To start with, Martin selected a solid Sitka spruce top as the basis of the tone engine because it’s a very expressive tonewood that produces the right amount of tone, volume, and dynamics. To augment the crisp tone of the Sitka spruce, the back and sides are fashioned of solid Siris, a tonewood that adds the perfect amount of warmth and definition to the mids and highs. Unlike laminate or layered woods that are stiff and lack bottom end and resonance, a solid wood instrument has crystal clear highs, a punchy bottom end, and lots of sustain.

The DRSG is the first model in the Road Series to feature an all-polished gloss finish. The DRSG not only sounds great, but it looks like a million bucks!  

The Martin DRSG is designed using the world-famous Martin dreadnought body. The dreadnought body is a little deeper than your typical 000 or OM guitar. The added depth gives you an increase in volume, while producing an even tone across the entire musical spectrum. The combination of solid tonewoods and beautiful cosmetic appointments body produces an instrument that is extremely expressive and dynamic. You won’t be overpowered at a jam session when playing this guitar. Martin’s DRSG great sound and fast action is perfect for the singer-songwriter, stage performer, session player, and aspiring guitar student.

Playability is a must for many of today’s musical styles, and Martin got you covered. The DRSG has one of the most comfortable necks on the market. The slimmer profile and taper lets you glide across the neck with ease. You will be able to make a smooth transition from your electric guitar to this acoustic. And as an added bonus, the DRSG is precision setup by one of Martin’s Plek machines.

As one of the last steps in final setup process, Martin uses the Plek machine to give you the ultimate guitar setup. If you were to have a technician Plek one of your guitars, it would cost you anywhere from $250-$400. Martin includes this valued bonus on every Road Series guitar for free. If you’re a fingerstyle player, professional, novice, or singer songwriter, you are going to love the way this guitar sounds and plays.

The Martin DRSG comes complete with Fishman Sonitone electronics. This compact, easy-to-use electronics package lets you plug in and play. There’s no need for you to spend hours getting a great guitar sound. Just plug in, and you’re ready to go. For easy access, the volume and tone controls are positioned directly in the soundhole of the guitar. This gives you the ability to make changes to your tone in real time. 

Martin Dreadnought
The very first dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. Originally made for Hawaiian slide playing style, the very first Dreadnought made was a Model 222 shipped to Ditson in August of 1916. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world.                                                                                                                                              

The dreadnought guitar was invented, in 1916, by the Martin Guitar Company. It was designed for an East Coast music chain called the Oliver Ditson Company. The goal of the Ditson Company was to increase their business by designing new custom guitars and ukuleles that specifically targeted their customer’s musical taste and musicianship.  They asked Martin to experiment with various appointments, body shapes, and sizes.

Back then, musicians were playing concert or parlor-sized guitars that were designed to be played in small rooms, such as the parlor room of the home. As Martin’s craftsmen began to experiment with body shapes and sized, they thought about creating something larger than anything they had made before. After many weeks of experimentation, they eventually came up with a bigger 12-fret guitar. It had a very unique voice, with more bass and a tremendous amount of volume. Now the question was: What do we call it?

Frank Henry Martin, the CEO of the Martin Guitar Company at the time, was an amateur historian. He had read about a new type of British battleship called the HMS Dreadnought. It was the largest and most advanced battleship ever built in the history of the Royal navy. He thought, this was the largest guitar we had ever built, so remembering the ship, he decided to call the guitar a Dreadnought.                                                        


Features

Body
  • Body type: D-14 Fret
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Siris
  • Bracing pattern: Non-scalloped X-type
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Performing Artist with High Performance Taper
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Neck wood: Select Hardwood
  • Scale length: 25.4 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Hand-rubbed
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: No
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood HPL
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Enclosed Gear
  • Bridge: FSC Certified Richlite
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated White Tusq/White Corian
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tonewoods
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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MartinRoad Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Made in Mexico

By Mex

from MD

Comments about Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Great guitar but definitely made in Mexico. See image.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly a Martin, even it's not made in Nazerath PA !!!

By Guitar Freak

from Hudson Ky

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is sweet! I love the tone and playability of this guitar. I have a Martin Custom MMV that I love but it sounds the best with medium gage strings and no matter how much I play I have to admit it's rough on the fingers when practicing for long periods. Been trying to find another Martin that I could play that would sound like I wanted with light gage strings. Had a DRS2 that fit the bill pretty good but wound up letting it go during a weak moment. Wound up with a GPCPA4R that I fell in love with the neck but just didn't feel it had that true Martin dread sound I had gotten used to with the MMV. Then came along the DRSG, it had the 1 3/4 nut and P/A taper that I had gotten to like. I played one for a while at my local GC for about an hour one day and decided that it was exactly what I was looking for with the sound of a true Martin dread with light gage strings. Thinking the entire time I was testing it that it was strung with lights until I got to looking at the spec sheet and it was strung with Martin medium SP Lifespan strings. Went ahead and purchased it because I thought it was priced really well for what you were getting in a solid wood Martin and knew the sound was what I wanted. So glad I went ahead and bought this guitar! I played it for a few days with original strings and then like I do with all my guitars I started experimenting with different strings. I have wound up with light gage strings on this guitar and love them, Still sounds awesome and I can play for hours and don't have the finger soreness that I was getting from the mediums on my MMV. Having said that it's not equal to the MMV in sound but it does sound awesome and I will say it plays easier. If your looking for an awesome MARTIN for around that $1000 mark grab one of these with a coupon from GC and I think you will be happy. So what if it's not made in Nazerath, it is still a great guitar in my opinion!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Practical performer

      By S

      from Maryland

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Practical choice for live performers:
        -Great Fishman pickup with convenient jack and battery slot. No annoying velcro bag or endpin jack!
        -Strap button under neck heel eliminates need for irritating ties.
        -Affordable (Mexico) but still with bright, well-balanced Martin sound. Not the booming voice of large dreadnoughts, but this one's designed to be plugged in.
        -Very attractive with controls hidden in the sound hole and beautiful wood grain on solid siris back and sides.

         
        5.0

        Best bang for your buck

        By LJ

        from Canada

        About Me Professional Musician

        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 DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I picked up one of these guitars up about a mouth ago, I saw the tag that said made in Naz, PA an one that said made in Mexico. I asked the manager of the store where I got mine from An he said he spoke with the supply rep who said that Martin was retooling one of its lines An had a week of down time so the Naz,PA factory made a small batch of the Martin DRSG. so the majority of the DRSG's will say made in Mexico and a few will say made in Naz,PA. Bought the one that said made in Naz,PA cause it sounded a little nice when I A/B them. Either way it's a great guitar, I use it for songwriting, jamming an have recorded with it. I love it My Only complaint if I was to give one is it comes with a plastic nut , tusq saddle, but a plastic nut I'd rather pay $10 more for it to come with a tusq one.

           
          5.0

          Made in PA USA

          By Gene the Machine

          from Austin, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought the DRSG in August 2017. Not sure why the other commenters say it's made in Mexico unless they are confusing this guitar with the less expensive DRS-1, DRS-2, which are made In Mexico. The tag inside my DRSG guitar states "Made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania". Don't take my word for it, go to the Martin website and look at their Road Series guitars then check out the video on how they make and Plek all guitars made in PA. Just trying to clear up any confusion about this American made guitar. If you overlook this guitar because you think it's made in Mexico you're missing out on one of the best deals on a great sounding Martin guitar.

            I play it everyday and couldn't be happier with the sound and playability. It's a fantastic guitar and was set up perfectly out of the box.

            The Plek® Pro has been developed for use in guitar production factories as a tool that not only does precise fret dressing, but also helps with quality control and R&D. This computer controlled device scans and dresses a guitar under actual playing conditions, strung and tuned to pitch or using precise string tension emulation. This is a major breakthrough since the Plek® Pro identifies precisely what needs to be done for perfect fretwork, executes this rapidly, and delivers perfect results on the instrument when strung.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Made in USA

            By Gene the Machine

            from Austin Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Comments about Martin Road Series DRSG Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Just ordered this Martin after much research. It's made in The Nazareth, PA factory, not Mexico as stated in other review.

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