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- What does this mean?
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.
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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 INLAY: 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
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
CASE: 345 Hardshell
INTERIOR LABEL: Paper Label
ELECTRONICS: Fishman Sonitone
Sam | Purchase date: 08 December 2012
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
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.