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This road series guitar from Martin is designed to be played live. The DRS-1 guitar isn't so valuable that you have to hire a security guard to keep an eye on it at gigs, but the mid-range Martin price point suggests that you are getting a lot of acoustic guitar for your hard earned cash. The DRS-1 is a workhorse guitar for those that love the characterful, woody tones that Martin is so good at.

Originally introduced in 2001, Martin's Road Series was part of a serious attempt to make the kudos of owning a Martin more attainable. Costs were lowered due, in part, to production being moved to Martin's Mexican facility, the use of HPL for the back and sides as well as an ultra-simple spec. Dont let the price fool you though this guitar has eveything you'd expect from a Martin. Great tone, solid construction, a great finish and a comfortable action make this guitar a real classic that you have to try.

Fishman Sonitone

This guitar comes with a Fishman Soniton installed. This pickup accuratly captures your accoustic tone so you can enjoy great sound wherever you want to play, on stage, in the studio or out busking this is a great sounding guitar.

Specification

  • 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''
  • 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''
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1-11/16''
  • FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2-1/8''
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: 1/8'' 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''
  • SADDLE: 16'' 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

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 18 April 2014
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    Andertons have unrivaled service both online and instore. I use them whenever possible - Awesome!!!

    Sam | Purchase date: 08 December 2012
    Rating

    I wanted a good quality but not ridiculously expensive acoustic guitar for a variety of styles so I went to the store to try the DRS-1 and others. No other Martin had anything on the warmth the Road Series Martin had. Standard chords sound almost too full to be real yet it wasn't muddy. It's obviously going to be a step up from my first bowlback acoustic/using my Dad's Kimbara but I have lost sleep since buying it just because I can't put it down.

    And that's it unplugged. Through a system it is exactly the same guitar, not let down by the Fishtone pickups which I was thinking of replacing. No need. Beautiful.

    I play anything from John Mayer to Bon Iver, Django to Coldplay and it covers these styles amazingly well for its price tag.

    As with most guitars it needs an action set up, as you can't expect a factory guitar to be perfect for every player straight from the box. So expect some personal fine tuning.

    So if you don't like Taylor's brightness like myself and want a warmer fuller sound, I'd look no further.

    John | Purchase date: 25 October 2012
    Rating

    Excellent tone, very nice to look at. Sounds great played through a Marshall Acoustic Amp, and also DI'd to a PA system. Very well made, with a good quality box.

    David | Purchase date: 27 May 2012
    Rating

    Great guitar, fantastic value, great amplified tone, needed a set up though as the action was very high for my taste ! The best sounding instrument in my price range that I played in the shop, wasn't intending to buy a Martin but it just sounded so good!

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