Great Guitar At A Great Price
By: Tim Carpenter from Gold Canyon AZ
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Martin makes good quality instruments and although this one os made in Mexico, it is of the quality that you would expect from Martin guitars.I was leery of buying a guitar made in Mexico, but I am very please with this Martin guitar.
How has it stood up over time?
I haven't had this guitar very long, but I have no doubts about be able to play it years from now and it will still sound just as good, maybe better.
Your general opinion of this product.
I own one! I looked at a lot of guitars before purchasing this one, and this guitar not only sounded great, but was affordable. I needed an acoustic electric that i could play on stage with that wouldn't break the bank and this road series guitar fills that need. I was looking at a DSR1 originally, but the one at the store didn't sound as good as the DRS2. In fact, there was a fellow there playing all of the guitars like I was, and we both kept going back to the DSR2. We both agreed it was the best sounding guitar in the store and I bought it before somebody else could grab it and I have been very pleased with it. The only drawback I can see, which is not a big deal, is that the battery is accessed through the sound hole, but I figure I will replace the battery when I change strings anyway. When making your choice of buying a new guitar, play everything and choose what sounds and feels good to you. I have played expensive guitars that didn't sound good at all.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The body does feel a little heavy, but not too bad. The neck is so smooth and makes playing a joy. The controls are easily accessible without getting in the way and are tucked out of sight.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Very nice, and as I said, the sustain is superb. The tone is crisp and bright but with highs and lows equally coming through without being muddy.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Excellent. I really like the clean look of the satin finish and a pleasant surprise to me is the smell of the wood everytime I take it out of the case. Almost like opening a cedar chest.
How was the action out of the box?
The action is very good right out of the box. I do alot of flatpicking and this guitar is great for that. It is so easy to play and sounds great.