MARTIN DR (Road Series)

  • Martin DR, dreadnought acoustic
    Martin DR


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1996 to 2010

The Martin DR was a Road Series dreadnought acoustic. The Martin "Road Series" guitars were designed to provide optimum tone at a lower cost. Features common to all "Road Series" models were a solid spruce top, laminated sides and back, black bindings, a tortoise colored pickguard, satin finish, and a single banded herringbone wood rosette. The Martin DR had "A-Frame" X-Bracing and electronics were optional

Specifications (22)


Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssatin finish
Made inUSA
Bindingblack binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.4 inches scale-length


Body back materiallaminated rosewood body back
Body sides materiallaminated rosewood body sides
Body top materialspruce body top
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole rosetteherringbone rosette
Soundholeround soundhole


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets20 fret
Nutcorian nut
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridge pinswhite with black dot pins
Bridgerosewood bridge


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Prices (10)

1998$1099newguitar-listlist price
2000$900newJim AtkinsonIt is still beautiful and the sound is amazing. I am 61 years old and still love the deep and soft tones. No string rattle, great fingerboard
1998$0goodMine was a gift from a former student.
2007$500goodDavidwhat is the next affordable Martin model, for stepping up to solid wood. I would like to tell you. Im not a famous musician but your product saved my life!! I have severe O.C.D./ Depression. Im am in the 1 percent of people that are totally debilitated by this awful disease.Years ago I prayed for help with the guitar and started doing my part. I fell in love with playing. I have lived in my bedroom for 3 years, please, no joke. I bought this DR from my brother because he put a mark about 4 inches, its just cosmetic and I'm poor, for real. my story is on the ocd foundation front page, I've had brain surgery and all kinds of pills thrown down my throat but while on a Kurt Cobain memorial trip to WA. state with my 19 year daughter, I tried the pot that they give kids with like .0003 thc/cbd strain and she got to meet her daddy for the first time. Im on disability of course and its a whopping 1500 a month,Im thankful for it though. My wife has a good job and they said she could work from home but our dream of moving to a legal pot state is just for people that can afford it. I'm sorry for rambling. the point is I live in my room and it gets lonely as hell, if I didn't have this ol Martin I go nuts. thank you for being a blessing!! you never know how much you touch someones life in a positive way, yall have< thanks so much......David Hensley
2018$750excellentActually purchased used in January 2019. I'm impressed! Martin is my dream guitar and I have long lusted for a vintage D-28. But the DR is a great Martin sounding/playing guitar at a fraction of the price. I can't understand why they do not make that model any more.
2018$500goodPurchased august 2020 eBay. Haven’t received it yet

Reviews (2)

MARTIN DR (Road Series) reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
GREAT guitar!

MARTIN DR (Road Series) reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Great guitar for the price. Has a full sound from low bass to balanced treble. I'm a Taylor guy (614ce, 712ce, 314ce) but the DR has such nice volume and fullness that I would never want to sell it!! I had mine set up by an experienced guitar tech and it plays and sounds as good as guitars 5x the price.

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