Martin DRS1 - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sapele Top, Back, and Sides; and Fishman Sonitone Pickup - Natural
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When Martin sets their sights on crafting an affordable dreadnought, you know you're getting a quality instrument. Long a pioneer in using sustainable materials in their guitars, Martin continues this tradition with the DRS1. With its distinctive solid sapele (a close relative of mahogany) top, back, and sides, the DRS1 gives you bright, clear trebles, and warm midrange. The DRS1's punchy lows (more like a D18 than a D28) make it an excellent choice for miked recording when you've got thicker tracks to work with.

A member of Martin's Road series, the DRS1 gives you amazing sound and snappy good looks in a roadworthy instrument. Top, back and sides are braced for resonance and projection, and the DRS1's smooth-playing modified low oval neck is built with multilaminate Stratabond for extra rigidity and durability. The belly bridge and fingerboard are made of Black Richlite, which has a similar look and feel to ebony. The DRS1 is equipped with the Fishman Sonitone pickup system, which gives you great-sounding plug-and-play output, onstage and in the studio. The DRS1 is an incredible value - Martin even includes a hardshell case to protect your guitar.

If you're in the market for a great-sounding, affordable dreadnought, why settle - when you could have a Martin?

Martin DRS1 Acoustic Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • An attractive, solid-wood dreadnought with Martin quality throughout
  • Solid sapele top, back, and sides give you distinctive looks, warm resonance, and good projection
  • Fishman Sonitone pickup gives you great-sounding, no-fuss sound reinforcement
An affordable, solid-wood Martin Dreadnought: The DRS1!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought 14-Fret
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin (top, back, and sides), Unfinished (neck)
Top Wood Solid Sapele
Back & Sides Wood Solid Sapele
Body Bracing A-Frame, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Modified Low Oval
Radius 16"
Fingerboard Material Black Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay White ABS 1/8" Dots
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed with Small Buttons
Bridge Material Black Richlite
Nut/Saddle Material White Corian/Compensated White TUSQ
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.6"
Body Depth 4.87"
Overall Length 40.5"
Electronics Fishman Sonitone
Strings Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 10DRS1

Customer Reviews

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Sweet, soft and seductive!

I have had this guitar for 6 days and I am loving it more and more each day. When I first picked it up and started to play it I definitely noticed the expected softness of tone from most of my other guitars. I have one other Mahogany guitar a Ibanez AW54 which rings like a bell. This DRS1 is softer but the more I am playing it the more I am liking it. I've done some comparisons for sound levels on several of my other guitars and have found that it is softer, but not really that much quieter. It sure has a nice mellowness that I am getting to like a lot. This it the first all wood Martin I have purchased (yes a bit of Richlite), and it is a great guitar. The craftsmanship top notch, the finish beautiful, and the action very nice. I tuned her up in open G tuning and it sounds so fantastic in that tuning. Others have commented on the smell of the guitar and how nice it is. I have to say when I unboxed it, it was very strongly scented by the Sapele wood, so much that I did not like it at first, but after several days it now smells so good. It has subdued to a pleasant nice aroma. Playability is really good I haven't had to adjust the action at all. Although it isn't embellished with a lot of eye catching appointments it still looks great, like a lady who doesn't need makeup! I do plan on updating the bridge pins with bone and a bit of flash, maybe Turquoise or shell. The more I play this guitar the more I love it. Came with a nice case that seals decent and retains humidity good. Electronics sound decent but I tend to mike it when I am playing at least for the time being. I sure am looking forward to taking her out to the park and strumming in the summer breeze. I was waiting for this model to come back in stock and when it did I snatched it up right away, seems like a lot of people are buying them. I see they are waiting for more again. The guitar alone is worth the money and with a decent case you can't go wrong. I would highly recommend this guitar, just remember it's not going to be as bright as a spruce top, but it will grow on you quickly, especially in some of the open/alternate tunings.
Music background: Arthritic, aged, and aspiring man of means by no means!

Absolutely Amazing

I've been looking to upgrade my acoustic for years now, waiting to find the perfect guitar for me and this is it. Beautiful body and neck. The richlite finger board is so nice that I stopped missing my rosewood within minutes of playing. The smell! I've never been playing and just stopped to smell my guitar. When you strum this guitar the rich tone and sustain is unbelievable. The guitar just vibrates against your body and hand like nothing I've experienced. I've fallen in love with a guitar for the first time after ten years of playing. Get one.
Music background: Hobbyist

An Outstanding Value

The Martin DRS1 is by anyone's definition an outstanding value. For $699.00 & a free Martin hardshell case, you simply can't go wrong. I don't know of a guitar in this price range that uses all solid woods. The DRS1 has a beautiful voice; deep bass, ample midrange & clear, bright treble. The warm, sweet & slightly dark tone is no doubt due to the gorgeous solid sapele top. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high quality instrument. It also has excellent playability.
Music background: intermediate player

Incredible Martin

I am a 35+ year player; now 51. This guitar is one of the best acoustics I have ever played. It is the traditional 14th fret - meets - body style. What the buyer needs to know is for the player, this is the guitar to buy unless money is not an issue. If money is no issue, of course, buy a $2,500 to $4,500 Adirondack Mahogany from the hills of my home state. Otherwise, if your intention is to satisfy the player, (your not a collector, right), then this Sapele wood (from Africa, a species commonly associated with the trees in Pennsylvania) Martin with the play neck and (I believe) man-made material top of neck, is a great, great option. By the way, I did not know the top of the neck was man made material (or maybe it is a processed type of wood based material) until I read that somewhere. When I played this guitar I was not in the market , but I simply HAD to buy one, with extended pay option, thank you, and I only have three words for it: FAB U LOUS! Incredible feel, nice looker (esp. the body). I am unable to fine a flaw for the price and the deal they gave me. Recording this guitar with microphone is fabulous. As good as any CD. Using a Behringer acoustic mic processing through some very light affects in my Tascam 2400 (very little compression) and I just can't describe how pristine it is. I also play it at church, using the on board electric pickup. Great sound. I will probably lower the action during my first string change, by trimming the saddle, a little. My first high end acoustic was not a high end price and it sounds BIG and crystal clear, like a John Denver sound or something. DID I saw that, too?
Music background: Recording; live bands (reggae, rock, jazz, contemporary Christian, yo momma's music, too)

An OUTSTANDING bargain at this price!

This guitar just rings like a bell! I am very happy with the beautiful look of the sapele wood, and I really like the satin finish on the Martin, rather than the gloss finish of other brands. The neck is so easy to play, and I like the look of the Stratabond, as opposed to just a solid piece of wood. I'm extremely pleased with my instrument, and I am so glad that I took the chance on Sweetwater!
Music background: Hobbyist, struggling musician, dreamer
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars