DR Review

manufacturer: Martin date: 04/30/2005 category: Acoustic Guitars
Martin: DR
The DR is the rosewood version of the DM. Constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, called HPL) and traditional tonewoods.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 10
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DR Reviewed by: Liljon193, on april 30, 2005
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Features: The DR is the rosewood version of the DM. Constructed with a combination of highly compressed wood fibers (high-pressure laminate, called HPL) and traditional tonewoods. - Construction: Mortoise/Tenon neck joint - Body size: D-14 Fret - Top: solid sitka spruce - Rosette: bold herringbone - Top bracing pattern: D1 (A-Frame) - Top braces: 1 style/non-scalloped - Back material: laminated rosewood - Back purfling: none - Side material: laminated rosewood - Endpiece: Black Boltaron - Endpiece inlay: none - Binding: Black Boltaron - Top inlay style: none - Side inlay: none - Back inlay: none - Neck material: solid mahogany - Neck shape: modified low oval - Nut material: White Corian - Headstock: solid/6 string no diamond/standard taper - Headplate: solid east indian rosewood/ raised gold foil logo - Heelcap: solid east indian rosewood - Fingerboard material: morado - Scale length: 25.4" - # of frets clear: 14 - # of frets total: 20 - Fingerboard width at nut: 1 11/16" - Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 2 1/8" - Fingerboard Position Inlays: style 28 - Fingerboard binding: none - Finish back & sides: satin/ dark filler - Finish top: satin/ clear - Finish neck: satin/ dark mahogany stain/ dark filler - Bridge material: morado - Bridge style: 1 style belly - Bridge string spacing: 2 1/8" - Saddle: 16" Radius/Compensated/White Micarta - Tuning machines: chrome w/ small knobs - Recommended strings: MSP+ 4200 Coated Phosphor Bronze - Bridge & end pins: white w/ black dots - Pickguard: I-01 Tortoise color - Case: 345 hard shell - Interior label: paper label - Electronics: optional. // 10

Sound: The sound is incredible, really has a strong bass note, but has an unbelieveably defined mid and treble range for any of the soloing that's needed. The rosewood back and sides give it a really rich sound throughout. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar was absolutely perfect off the shelf so to say, no loose nuts or brige. action was very nice for quick playing. The satin finish is a better look for this guitar than the gloss finsih I believe. // 10

Overall Impression: For my type of music, acoustic rock/adult contemperary, it fits the sound that I'm going for to the "T" I'm actually looking for a 12 that sounds as balanced as this one does. I've personally been playing guitar for 2 years, picked it up after I graduated college as a music teacher. If stolen, I'd be out the same day to buy the same guitar. I'd compare the style of this to a DM3 or so, great great tone. I wish it had a pickup with a mic. But we'll see. // 10

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