Sandra bought me my Martin D1-R for my 50th birthday, although she actually gave it to me about three weeks before. I was learning "Blackbird" by the Beatles on one of my older guitars when Sandra walked into the den with the D1-R and gave it to me early.
The D1-R is a very nice little guitar with a Satin Finish and laminated Indian Rosewood sides and back.
This little angel has a very different sound from my HD-28. Both have really good tone. The HD-28, with its solid rosewood back and sides has a very strong bass while the D1-R has a more balanced tone with better treble. The HD-28 is very loud over all, while the D1-R is softer with fewer overtones. Both of them are a pleasure to play. The D1-R has the softer action, so I tend to play it more when I want to relax or I'm just learning a song for the first time.
As I continue to play the D1-R the sound keeps getting better. I've read that playing a new guitar breaks it in but the sound improvement has just been incredible. I'm beginning to prefer the sound of this guitar for certain types of songs, especially for blues numbers.
This was a guitar that I almost didn't get. Sandra was really going out of her way to make my 50th Birthday a very special event and wanted to get me a new guitar. As I began making suggestions for her as to which guitar to buy, I initially focused on cheaper Martin copies like the Sigma and Shenandoah guitars that Martin has produced in Asia because I really didn't want to put her to the expense of getting me a really good guitar.. I really didn't want to put her to a lot of expense so I didn't initially suggest what I really wanted. When I made my wish list of guitars it was heavy in Sigmas with a few Martins tossed in as pipe dreams. Ending up with 2 Martins on the same birthday was way more than I imagined could happen.