Unfair wear and tear
By: R. H. Osterndorff from Greendale, Wisconsin, USA
Your general opinion of this product.
I was impressed with the quality for a low end Martin but, if I had a chance to change one thing it would be the frets. I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old and one of my first guitars was a Korean made Goya. The Goya was designed by C.F. Martin and lasted until I was about 33. The frets on the Goya were shot but the memories are still there. About 10 months ago I bought a DRS1 and fell in love with the sound. The guitar played like a dream and it was exactly what I was looking for to play the occasional gig. However, I was starting to notice a bit of fret buzz and figured it was just a matter of truss rod adjustment. Not so...The first fret had a large divot and other frets were also pitted and worn as if I had played the guitar for years and not months. I was told that it was fare wear and tear but let's be real, a guitar was meant to be played and meant to be a display.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Other than the frets, this guitar is made very well. For the lower end of Martin it meets the expectations for a road worthy guitar.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Though it is not mahogany, the Sapele construction is warm and yet bright, all the tone one would expect from a Martin. The action is low and the neck is just right. The hidden F hole controls work great but not practical for on the fly adjustment.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Bright and warm. The live sound was wonderful and turned heads as I played.
How was the action out of the box?
Out of the box was the DRS1 had me sold, however I recommend a fresh set of good strings.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The look of the guitar is beautiful and everyone thinks it's mahogany.
How has it stood up over time?
Over a course of playing the guitar almost every day for 10 months, the frets are a complete failure.