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Martin DRS1 Road Series Acoustic Guitar with Case

Get Martin tone and playability for a nice price with the DRS1 guitar. Crafted with a solid sapele top, back, and sides, it's a workhorse acoustic-electric. (13) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Solid sapele body Rich, warm, and focused midrange; added sustain
Modified low oval neck shape Thin, fast feel with even tapering towards bridge
Mortise/tenon neck joint Enhanced stability, sustain and strength
Richlite fretboard Focused tonality with excellent playability
C.F. Martin and Co. has long been known for legendary sound quality, and they ought to be: they've been crafting acoustic guitars for some 200 years. But you wouldn't want to take your best acoustic out on the road, or would you? Since 2001, Martin has offered its Road Series guitars to serve that very purpose. Martin's DRS1 Road Series Acoustic Guitar is a workhorse dreadnought acoustic-electric designed with the cost-conscious traveling guitarist in mind.

Alternative Construction

The DRS1 acoustic-electric guitar is designed with some alternative materials to keep it durable and affordable, while maintaining the traditional stylings, playability, and rich tonal clarity you'd expect from a Martin guitar. It's constructed with a solid sapele top, back, and sides, for a look and sound that's similar to the spruce which Martin's guitars are typically made with. The neck is carved from Stratabond -- or sheets of birch which have been laminated into blocks -- resulting in a very rigid and durable neck. The fingerboard and bridge are made from Richlite, which is made from recycled paper and cardboard but is durable and sports an appearance similar to ebony.

Ready For The Road

Being that the DRS1 is Martin's most affordable solid wood model, you won't mind taking this one out on the road. It's got a modified low oval neck profile so it's comfortable to play standing or sitting, and it has great action so you can play up and down its 14 clear frets. Hardware includes Fishman Sonitone pickup, preamp, and volume/tone controls, so you'll be ready to play wherever the road takes you.

Features:

- Dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar in Martin's D-14 body style
- Solid sapele top, back, and sides with satin finish
- Stratabond neck and black Richlite fingerboard and bridge
- 14 clear frets and 20 frets total with ABS white dot inlays
- 25.4" scale length
- Modified low oval neck profile
- Tapered headstock
- Black pickguard
- Fishman Sonitone under-saddle pickup, preamp, and volume/tone controls
- Martin 345 dreadnought guitar case included

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Model DRS1
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sapele
Rosette: Single Ring
Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16-inch
Back Material: Solid Sapele
Back Purfling: None
Side Material: Solid Sapele
Endpiece: None
Endpiece Inlay: None
Binding: None
Top Inlay Style: None
Side Inlay: None
Back Inlay: None
Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern Hpl
Heelcap: None
Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
Scale Length: 25.4-inch
# Of Frets Clear: 14
# Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-11/16-inch
Fingerboard Width At 12Th Fret: 2-1/8-inch
Fingerboard Position Inlays: 1/8-inch Dots - White Abs
Fingerboard Binding: None
Finish Back & Sides: Satin
Finish Top: Satin
Finish Neck: None
Bridge Material: Black Richlite
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8-inch
Saddle: 16-inch Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed W/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Sp Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
Bridge & End Pins: White W/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Black
Case: 345 Hardshell
Interior Label: Paper Label
Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 20 x 10 in
Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner.) Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles are warrantied for one year. Strings are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Product Description

The Martin DRS1 acoustic guitar marks the return of Martin's Road Series, which was originally introduced in 2001. The DRS1 is 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 Martin 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. The Martin DSR1 model comes equipped with the Fishman Sonitone sound reinforcement system.
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (13 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"DRS1?.....YES!"
Sound: This guitar is clear and deep sounding....it sounds wonderful with light to medium strumming and is a fantastic finger picker. A very expressive guitar with a sweet and very Martin like sound. If it could handle heavy strumming I would have given it a 10....but to be fair you really have to be very heavy handed to make it break up even a little bit. For my style of playing Folk/Country/Rock ballads it is awesome! It is very hard for me to stop playing this guitar. Very melodious when strummed...not clashy sounding. Finger picking heaven! Great projection and volume...in short...I love it! Feature: Martin put Lifespan SP strings on this guitar...along with a natural sounding Fishman Sonitone pickup with volume and tone control easily accessed in the soundhole...and to top it off, they even put a perfectly mounted strap pin on the neck heel...God Bless you Martin for giving me a complete package (including a hardshell case)! This guitar is gig ready and wanting for nothing! Ease of Use: Ok....I just have to give this a 10 as it is a very comfortable and easy to play neck. I also like the overall weight balance. The tone control is helpful. I run it through a Crate Taos amp and all I have to do is scoop out some lower mids to get it sounding very natural. Quality: 8...Immaculate workmanship, beautiful grain, tuners are very nice too. Gave it an 8 as the pickup needed adjustment to even out the string to string volume balance. This should have been checked by their quality control before it left the factory. Value: This is The Best Value for the money....I compared this guitar with many others worth a little less and a lot more and hands down this one is a clear winner. Had I been strictly a finger picker I may have chosen another brand, however for both strumming and fingerpicking the DRS1 was the best sounding ... piano like deep clear bottom, thick and clear trebles and plenty of mids. Easy to play and delightful to strum. All this in a guitar that can be plugged in too....amazing! Mr. Martin, you made a great Guitar in the DRS1! Manufacturer Support: Can't rate them as I haven't had to contact them. Adjusted the pickup myself so did not need to send it in for service. The Wow Factor: I love the simplistic beauty of this guitar....no bling, just beautiful wood grain! Overall: Ok....I would only trade this guitar for a Guild jumbo 6 string worth at least $2000....or an Olsen....in a nutshell....It would take a great and very expensive guitar to make me give this one up!
Style of Music: Folk/Rock
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Sound: Simply put, after playing 35 years, with this DS Martin, I have my first world class acoustic guitar. I've owned dozens of acoustics and electrics. Speaking specifically to the acoustics, this guitar, with Sapele wood body from Africa (a relative of the more expensive Adirondack Mahogany that Martin uses on its $3000 and $6000 and $8000 guitars) is simply incredible. The projection of the sound and the feel, is out of this world. I admit, I played this model at a large retailer before ordering from zzounds in order to take advantage of the payment system. I could not be happier. Feature: The only reason I do not give this a 10 is I will have to reach my hand inside the sound hole when I need to replace the 9v battery. Otherwisde, the qualities are there. Ease of Use: As acoustic guitars go, this one belongs on stage. It has a great acoustic sound that is very, very difficult to put down. I am exploring alternative tunings like never before, because drop D and drop C is magical. Quality: Made in Mexico, there was one flaw on the headstock and zzounds comped me $85 because of it. Made very, very well. Value: Great value. Manufacturer Support: Zzounds' support is second to none. I compare them as better than AMS and Music. Friend, by a long shot. Clearwater did not accept my credit card, zzounds did. I own a home and I paid off so many products that are listed on my credit report. So I told Clearwater officials, thanks but no thanks in the future. The Wow Factor: Great look and feel. The dark wood is awesome. Overall: This is a lifetime, never-get-rid-of product. Decades...
Style of Music: Rock/Jazz Christian
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