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.