Martin DRS1 Dreadnought

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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Great guitar!

I've wanted a Martin dreadnought since I first began playing acoustic and learned of their quality, history, and reputation. When I picked up the DRS1 in a shop, just trying models out, I was amazed at the rich tone it produced. While I was not looking for a mahogany guitar (I mean, who doesn't love the looks of the D28?), the sound for price ratio won me over. A month later, I love it more than ever. The bonuses this instrument offers are the Fishman Sonitone electronics if you want to plug in, and the excellent TKL hardshell case that comes with it. BTW, this case is a tank! While it does not lock, it will surely protect your Martin. Most retailers sell this model for about $750, so if you want to get serious about your playing, you can get a great Martin for under a grand. Construction is excellent, and yes, while it is made in Mexico, so is your car, probably; examine every part closely and you will see no quality has been spared. The use of synthetic materials for the fretboard and bridge bother me not at all; perfectionists may blanch at this, but rest assured, sound quality and playability are in no way compromised. A great value for the price!
Music background: Intermediate acoustic player


I was in the market for a real acoustic guitar. I'm not too picky when it comes to USA made or international but I love Martin and it's historic legacy. When I stepped into the acoustic room I looked around at everything hanging on the wall and this all solid Sapele guitar caught my eye. I figured I would be looking for a more traditional mahogany/spruce combo but one strum and it had the smoothness I wanted from an acoustic guitar with all the rich Martin tone. I'm not one to worry about innovations and the alternative materials for the fingerboard and bridge are amazing, if you ask me. Sure, a purest will scoff at that but it's durable and rings just the same. The Stratabond neck is stronger than steel (figuratively) and feels just as smooth as a solid piece neck. Never have to worry about warping for any reason I could think of, a true player's guitar. Throw in a hard shell case and this is the best deal on the market. If you are wanting a true solid wood guitar and not bankrupt yourself in the process the Martin Road Series guitars will fit a player of any skill level perfectly.

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
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