Martin DRS1 Review

Martin Guitar Road Series 000-10E Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag, Sapele Wood Construction, 000-14 Fret and Performing Artist Neck Shape with High-Performance Taper

Bottom Line – Martin makes great acoustic guitars. Now if this particular model’s out of your budget but you can still spend a bit, be sure to consider the best cheap acoustic guitar under $500.

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Martin DRS1 Review

Road Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • Solid Sapele Top, Back and Sides
  • Modified Low Oval Select Hardwood Neck 
  • Black Richlite Fingerboard
  • Fishman Sonitone Electronics
  • Black Richlite Bridge 
  • Chrome Enclosed Tuners

Martin has a great reputation for high quality guitars that really stand out.  The historied brand that dates back to the 1800’s has made some of the most iconic steel string guitars ever created.

With a beautiful solid wood body with a black Richlite fingerboard and bridge, paired with quality Fishman Sonitone Electronics, this acoustic electric guitar shines whether you are belting out songs on the acoustic or you are amplifying your guitar for live performances. If you have small hands or have a child interested in playing guitar, you may want to start off with something small and easier to hold like the guitalele in this Yamaha GL1 review.

As an environmentally conscious company, Martin featured sustainably sourced wood with the Road Series DRs1 that shows a commitment from Martin that shows care without sacrificing quality. If you’re willing to raise your budget a bit, Martin also makes a great guitar for professionals that we discuss more in our Martin D15M review.


9.5 Expert Score

Being an owner of a Martin acoustic carries a certain swag and pride.

  • To own a quality Martin acoustic guitar for under $1000 is always a good thing
  • The Fishman sonitone pickups are not necessarily the best for bringing the natural tone of this guitar to life when plugged in