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Martin DRS2 Road Series 2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Case

Crafted from all solid Sitka spruce and solid sapele with Fishman electronics, this road-warrior dreadnought delivers Martin tone for an affordable price. (6) Read 6 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:
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Sapele back and sides Rich, warm, and focused midrange; added sustain
Fishman Sonitone electronics Natural sounding and loud; great live projection
Richlite fretboard Focused tonality with excellent playability

An Affordable Dreadnought from the Master of Acoustic Tone!

Time and time again, Martin shows just how amazing acoustic-electric tone can be. Your Martin DRS2 Road Series 2 guitar delivers a beautifully warm and rich sound thanks to its Sitka spruce and sapele body, rust Stratabond neck with a black Richlite fretboard of 20 frets, Indian rosewood headplate, clean and articulate Fishman Sonitone electronics, and secure black Richlite bridge to hold everything down. Martin continues to strike a chord in playability and pristine sound for the road (or your next living-room jam) with the DRS2 Road Series 2 acoustic electric guitar. This is one Martin you'll want to take everywhere!

Rust Stratabond Neck and Black Richlite Fretboard

Your hand won't be able to get enough of your DRS2's comfortable modified low-oval-shaped Stratabond neck. Stratabond is a durable hardwood laminate crafted to hold up to the test of time, and black Richlite is a solid choice for fingerboards because of its resilience and how well it wears as your fingers travel your DRS2's 20 frets. It offers similar features to ebony fingerboards and is invitingly smooth to the touch.

Solid Sitka Spruce and Solid Sapele Body

Many acoustic guitars feature Sitka spruce tops, thanks to this classic tonewood's pleasant, crisp sound and distinctive grain pattern. In the Martin DRS2, it's used in conjunction with solid sapele for the back and sides. Sapele yields a similar sound to mahogany -- a rich and warm darkness that really pushes your lows and mids with a slightly rounded brightness to sharpen things up a bit. Sapele also has an appealing dark look to it, giving your DRS2 sophisticated visual flair.

Well-Articulated Tone, Thanks to Fishman Sonitone Electronics

Bringing all of that warm, rich, full-bodied tone from your guitar to your amp is this baby's Fishman Sonitone pickup and preamp system. Aside from pumping a pristine and clear signal from your DRS2, the volume and tone controls on this baby are hidden just inside the soundhole in an easily accessible and non-invasive fashion.

Just the Right Sound and Feel

Once you shoulder this amazing acoustic-electric axe for the first time, you'll be hooked. Your Martin DRS2 Road Series 2 feels just as nice as it sounds. Rich sound, easy-to-use tone controls, a comfortable modified low oval neck, a smooth fretboard, visually and sonically attractive tonewoods, pristine onboard electronics -- all of these features show how Martin continues to be a top player in the world of acoustic-electric guitars. Best of all, you get all this in a surprisingly affordable instrument.

Features:

- Sitka spruce topped body with solid sapele back and sides
- Rust Stratabond neck in modified low oval shape
- Black Richlite fretboard with 20 frets
- Scale length of 25.4"
- White corian nut
- Indian rosewood headplate
- Black Richlite bridge and black pickguard
- Chrome enclosed tuners with small buttons
- Fishman Sonitone electronics
- 345 hardshell case included

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- Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
- Body Size: D-14 Fret
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Rosette: Single Ring
- Top Bracing Pattern: A-Frame (X-1)
- Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16"
- Back Material: Solid Sapele
- Side Material: Solid Sapele
- Endpiece: Black Boltaron
- Binding: Black Boltaron
- Neck Material: Rust Stratabond
- Neck Shape: Modifed Low Oval
- Nut Material: White Corian
- Headstock: Solid/Standard Taper
- Headplate: Indian Rosewood HPL
- Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Frets Clear: 14
- Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-11/16"
- Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8"
- Fingerboard Postiion Inlays: 1/8"
- Dots - White ABS
- Finish Back & Sides: Satin
- Finish Top: Satin
- Bridge Material: Black Richlite
- Bridge Style: Belly
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/8"
- Saddle: 16" Radius/compensated White Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
- Recommended Strings: Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
- Bridge & End Pins: White with Black Dots
- Pickguard: Black
- Case: 345 Hardshell
- Interior Label: Paper Label
- Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 20 x 9 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10DRS2
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

Martin DRS2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Part of Martin's hard-working, great sounding Road Series guitars, the DRS2 delivers a unique blend of durability and concert-quality sound and projection. The top is crafted of solid Sitka spruce and braced with Martin's A-Frame (X1) bracing. Back and sides are select solid sapele, similar in look and tonal qualities to its close cousin, mahogany. As beautiful as it looks and sounds, the DRS2 is a serious working musician's guitar built for on the road durability without sacrifice of tone.

The neck is constructed of a multi-layered wood laminate called Stratabond that perfectly simulates natural quartersawn wood grain. The fingerboard and bridge are crafted of black Richlite, amazingly similar in look, weight and resonance of ebony. A Fishman Sonitone sound reinforcement system completes this very road -- and stage -- worthy Martin.
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Overall: It's a safe bet to say if you have had any interest in playing guitar you know of the Martin brand name and their reputation for excellence. And if you've ever had the pleasure of playing or hearing one in person you understand why this reputation exist and has for many, many years. I've always dreamed of owning one. I made a personal goal to make that dream come true once I reached what is considered intermediate level play. Unfortunately Martin is not giving their guitars away and the price you pay for excellence is not cheap. Life had a way of keeping my dream on hold for awhile. Until a friend told me about zZounds. So you're saying I can own a Martin, have it in my hands, and make payments? Yeah ok, what's the catch? Folks, there's none. I purchased the DRS2 from zZounds and now am a very proud Martin owner. And did so at a very reasonable, almost hard to believe price. My guitar arrived just a few days from purchase. The moment I opened the case I could literally smell the Martin quality. Don't let the "made in Mexico" turn you off from this guitar. It screams Martin quality. The construction is solid. The look is pure Martin. The tone is exceptional. I have read others complain about it's rich tone but I hear none of that. The solid Sapele back and sides, matched with the medium gauge Martin strings, produces a bellowing tone on the low end while not at all hindering the mids and highs. The solid Spruce top gives excellent response and is a finger picker's dream. I have owned/played several lower priced acoustics and this guitar is in a different league as it should be. The sound quality produced is comparable to the higher end Martin's I've had the privilege to play. The electronics are sound amazing and I enjoy having easy access to the volume and tone control just inside the sound hole. Oh FYI, the 9v battery is now located on the outside next to the output jack and not inside. The DRS2 has exceeded my expectations all the way around. And with a solid body construction, and proper maintenance, it should only get better with age. Based on my experience you will not find a better guitar for the money. And you cannot beat the customer service and payment plans provided by zZounds. Thank you Martin and zZounds for making my dream a reality. You have a customer for life.
Style of Music: Partial to country and blues but love most all music.
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Overall: I have owned a couple of higher end Martins over the years and was skeptical about this stripped down Mexico-made bargain Martin. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a well-constructed model with fabulous tone -- don't let the price fool you, this is a wonderful instrument. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of fancier appointments, but I actually prefer the understated look and feel. The only downside is the installation of the Fishman pickup system. The wires and battery box are simply stuck to the inside of the guitar with sticky tape, and after some time it all started coming undone. When the battery box started flopping around inside I had had enough -- I removed it all (which requires you to replace the saddle which is sanded shorter to accommodate the pickup wire). Aside from that minor annoyance, this is an under-priced fabulous guitar with terrific tone.
Style of Music: Classic rock, folk, blues.
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