Martin DRS1 - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sapele Top, Back, and Sides; and Fishman Sonitone Pickup - Natural
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Working Guitarist's Martin

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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Unmatched in this price range

I am going to keep this short. This guitar is AMAZING. I used to have a Taylor 110e and the tone on that was incredible. Unfortunately I had to sell it when life got in the way. I have regretted it since. Recently I decided to buy another acoustic. I considered another 110e but there was one thing I didn't like. The radius of the neck was too small or felt that way. I played a DRS1 and the neck was perfect for my bigger hands. Right out of the box it has just as good of tone as the Taylor and from what I've read, the tone from the DRS1 evolves and only gets better with age. On top of that, the Martin comes with a nice hardshell case when the Taylor only includes a gig bag. No buyers remorse here...not even close. I highly recommend this guitar just as the other dozens of reviews do. If you are on the fence, let my review and this guitar push you over it.
Music background: 25 years of guitar; Several years of cello

Love this guitar!

The entire experience of buying the DRS1 from Sweetwater was top notch. Super easy to order, and customer service excellence. The guitar itself is amazing. Despite the dreadnaught size, the action is low and playability is excellent. The neck is nice in fast and despite being Made in Mexico, the guitar is built like a workhorse. Not a lick of regret for my purchase, and I was initially looking at the more expensive Martins to begin with!

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: 6 string acoustic guitars, Martin, Martin 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Martin Acoustic / Electric Guitars