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Opinions on the Martin DRS1?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by TheGoodTexan, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

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    Some friends of mine are wanting to give their teenage son a new acoustic guitar for his upcoming birthday. He's a gifting young guitar player, and has "guitar" in his blood. He mostly plays a Strat, and has an old beater acoustic. He's asked for a better acoustic, so that's what they're do for his birthday.

    They think they've settled on a Martin DRS1, and they asked my opinion. I'm not familiar enough with it to know. I know it's made of sapele, which is fine. But the specs talk about some sort of composite neck. Is that the Martin that has the longitudinally multi-laminated neck? As in... about 20 or so thin strips?

    If that's it - I bet it's stable as heck.

    Anyone have any opinions on the durability of it?

    Alternatives in the same price range? ($750 street)
     
  2. JackP9284

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    I have one and I love it, I'd definitely recommend it to anybody wanting an acoustic in that price range
     
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    jwsamuel Friend of Leo's

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    The DRS-1 has a Stratabond neck. I have an OM-1GT with the same neck and I love the feel of it. It is very stable and easy to play. The DRS-1 is RS- great choice for a young player.

    Jim
     
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    For the price, I think there may be better options. Laminated neck, richlite fretboard and bridge... If it's like Martin's other low-end offerings, I'd expect that it sound okay, but not great.

    The Epiphone Masterbilts are $599 new for the cutaway dread, and are a more traditional build. I've never heard anyone complain about one and they sound great. I have the OM-style model and it gives a real OM-18 a run for its money. The Guild GAD series are nice too.

    Is buying used an option? Lotsa good options on the used market if you look a little. You could get an old Guild for that money and it will sound really great.
     
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    ;)Chiming in a little late here. I was looking at the DRS1 and DRS2 before I bought my D16GT. They were both very nice guitars but I found them to be fairly neck heavy. Not much of a problem in a sitting position but with a strap, the neck will tend to dive.
    The masterbuilts are also beautiful sounding guitars for the price as are the Canadian made Seagull Maritime SWS (solid wood series) guitars. Can the boy get his arm around a dreadnaught body? The DRS series are all dreads, Seagulls come in different body sizes, not sure about the Masterbuilts. I'm finding the transition from a smaller bodied Ovation to a dread a little tougher than I thought as my 56 year old shoulders aren't as flexible as they used to be;)
     
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    I agree, in the 750$ range you can buy better sounding guitars. In the 4-500$ range, the Martin X series is super tough to beat.

    The new Epiphone Dove Heritage ~300$ is a super nice instrument.

    Epi Masterbuilts in the 6-700$ range are nice

    I wouldn't be ashamed to own a Blueridge BR160 or similiar model either.
     
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    I had a sapele D15L .
    Sounded like a chorus of angels . Not kidding . Don't make the mistake of poo pooing sapele . It even smells great .
    I ended up giving the guitar away because I don't fit the dreadnaught size .
    Stratabond is a great neck . Yes , very stable and strong .
     
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    Thought I'd bump this up and see if you made a decision. Just curious what the results were.
     
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