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Martin DRS1 Road Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar (with Case), Natural

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. (27) Read 26 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Martin DRS1 Road Series Natural

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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

Hey Roadie -- Fetch Me My Dream Guitar!

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
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Natural
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 20 x 9 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10DRS1
Natural, with Fishman Loudbox Mini Pack
Shipping Weight: 45 lbs
Martin Warranty Martin Warranty Martin offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of their guitars (valid only to the original owner. Any Martin guitars sold by zZounds as "Blemished," "B-Stock," "Warehouse Resealed," or any condition other than "New" are not covered under Martin's warranty. 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 610-759-2837

Martin DRS1 Road Series Guitar

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.
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Sound: The sound quality is out standing right out of the box. A quick tune and I was playing better than I have in years. I looked at my wife and said "So, this is what a quality acoustic guitar sounds like". Feature: The Fishman Sonitone sounded good on my 7 year old daughters First Act amp. Have not plugged into my amp yet. Love the sound,look and smell of the Sapele wood Ease of Use: It is very easy to play. Action is great right out of the box. Comfortable to hold and play. Quality: Quality is OUTSTANDING! Well built. Appearance is very nice. Value: This product is the best value you will ever find for the price. Great guitar for the money. Has to be best in Class. Manufacturer Support: Have not had to use Martin for anything yet. The Zzounds staff is great. Very patient and very helpful and most of all very friendly. The Wow Factor: I was blown away with this guitar. This is a guitar I will hold onto for the rest of my life. Overall: Hands down this is the best acoustic guitar I have played for the money.
Style of Music: I have been playing as a hobbyist for about 30 years. Blues,Rock
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Overall: I've never owned a Martin before and the acoustic guitars I've owned have been good acoustics but acoustics on a budget.You can feel the craftsmanship in this guitar as you hold it and play it. It feels well built and smooth to play. You can actually smell the wood from the guitar and although this guitar is in the seven hundred dollar range, the investment in this guitar will exceed itself. I never quite understood the difference between a hundred dollar guitar and more expensive guitar and my take after owning this is the sheer craftsmanship of the guitar is what separates them. This Martin doesn't look cheap, feel cheap or play cheap. It feels like you're driving a Cadillac as compared to a Kia. They both get you from point a to point b but one gets you there in Luxury. I didn't buy this guitar merely for brand name but I wanted a great guitar that I could always keep and not feel like I shortchanged myself, and this guitar is exactly that. It's a well crafted, deep but rich sounding guitar and one that I will always keep. The Martin brand has lived up to its reputation. I personally feel that the guitar comes even more alive when plugged into an amp and I'm not disappointed in the acoustics when plugged in by any stretch but am excited to plug it in and play it for crowds. I debated inwardly to myself if it was worth it to purchase a guitar of this price but after getting it, I'm glad I purchased it. The case that comes with it is an added bonus. I would've purchased the guitar whether or not the case came with it but now I don't have to invest in one. This a guitar to be proud of in appearance, sound, craftsmanship and play-ability. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Style of Music: Rock, folk, Indie
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