Martin Guitars Road Series DRS-1 Electro Acoustic Guitar

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Built on traditional styling and legendary Martin tone, this DRS1 electro acoustic guitar is the most affordable solid wood model in Martins catalogue.

Constructed with solid Sapele top, back and sides, a Stratabond neck and Richlite fingerboard and bridge, this 1/Road Series dreadnought is made of a mixture of solid woods, and man made, sustainable materials.

The body is where we get to the real materials, all solid Sapele, a type of Mahogany, here with a super smooth satin finish that shows off the beautiful wood grain to its best.

It's a simple looking body as well, no binding, no frills, nothing on the back or the sides, only a plain black scratchplate and simple white and black soundhole rosette on the front - starting to see where the money has gone to on this model.

Played acoustically, the DRS1 is warm and mellow, bass tones resonate best, but there are sufficient treble tones for most.  Strummed, chords don't ring out with the clarity or volume of a Spruce/Mahogany mix, but picked, the DRS1 comes to life with plenty of character and vibe.

This model is an electro acoustic, the lower strap button doubling up as a jack socket, and the controls of the Fishman Sonitone are neatly hidden away inside the soundhole, small rotaries for volume and tone. Plugged in, the Fishman shows it's reputation as being top quality, reproducing accurately the natural tone of the all solid Sapele body.

Also included is a 345 wooden hardcase finished in black.

All in all, a beautiful guitar, all Mohogany bodies are definitely the most popular at the moment, and this Mexican made Martin offers excellent value for an all solid body with a Fishman pickup and quality hardcase as well.

Lovely tones, great simple looks, great value and the Martin name on the headstock - what more are you looking for in a dreadnought?

  • Body Size - Dreadnought, 14 Fret
  • Top - Solid Sapele
  • Back/Sides - Solid Sapele
  • Fingerboard - Black Richlite, 25.4'' scale, 14 frets, 2 1/8'' wide @ 12th fret
  • Neck - Rust Stratabond, Modified Low Oval shape
  • Machines - Chrome Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
  • Nut - White Corian, 1 11/16''nut width
  • Saddle - 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq, 2 1/8'' string spacing at bridge
  • Bridge - Black Richlite
  • Pickup - Fishman Sonitone
  • Case - 345 Hardcase
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All Guitars are Checked Before Dispatch
All Guitars go through our 12 point checking procedure to make sure that it passes our standards before shipping. This helps ensure your guitar will reach you in perfect condition. All guitars are checked against our 12 point check list and once passed, have a Guitarbitz quality control sticker attached. In addition to this we want to ensure that no harm can come to your guitar on the journey between us and you and so we have a rigorous packing procedure involving multiple protective layers. If you notice that this packaging is damaged when delivered by our courier, it is important to check the goods and if damaged, refuse the delivery and call us immediately. For your peace of mind, we have outlined the 12 point check below to show how we are passionate about your instrument.

body finish check   strings checked   neck check
1) Finish checked for imperfections or damage
2) Strings tuned up and tested for tone and playability
 3) Neck checked for bending or humps
  truss rod check frets check
4)  Truss rod adjusted for correct positioning
5) Frets examined for playability 6) Bridge checked for position and hold on strings
strap hooks checked neck joint check machine heads checked
7) Strap buttons tested for secure fitting
8) Neck joint examined
9) Machine heads turned and tested for secure grip on strings
top nut check controls checked pickups checked
10) Nut tested for secure fitting and correct string height
11) Switches, volume and tone controls tested for faulty connections 12) Pickups checked for responsiveness

For more details on our checking and packing procedure, please see our 12 Point Check and Packing Procedures page.


When You Will Receive your Order

Guitar accessories - strings, straps, stands, tuners and other small items
• Orders weighing less than 2kg are posted via First Class Royal Mail on the dispatch date shown.
• Orders weighing less than 2kg with a value over £30 will be sent First Class Royal Mail Recorded Delivery on the dispatch date shown.
• We cannot guarantee a delivery date for these orders, but First Class post usually takes 1-2 days.

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• Orders weighing over 2kg are sent via our next working day courier service.


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We can deliver to the following European countries,
• Zone 1 - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain - £30 (including TAX) per order.
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Please note that we can only deliver international orders to the billing address of the credit card used. These orders typically take 3-5 working days to be delivered, you can still track your orders via the Internet in the same way.