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Martin M140 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
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I've been using Martin strings since I started playing the guitar at age 8. I always test out each new string concept as they come out -- Elixir coated-strings, Martin SP+, D'Addario EXP, even the Adamas (Ovation) "composite-gauging' strings.

Honestly, I keep returning to Martin's basic strings because, well, they just sound great and also tend cost less than most comparison others. If you insist on spending extra money on guitar strings, pay the extra dollar for Martin's Marquis-level which adds a silk-wound ball to the end of each string. Why not protect your vintage guitar's valuable bridge as much as possible?

Of course it's true you do have to change these strings more often than the coated, but I've always felt the free-ringing (undamped) natural tone is well worth the trade-off.

Note: if you like a less bright, warmer tone go with the 92/8 phosphor bronze. See Martin's website for details.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2011
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Have not used my guitar for years, decided to try it again. Forgot most stuff about the guitar! These strings seem to be well made, had no problem with packaging, etc. Bought 3 packs; all were sealed boxes, strings were
in packages (2 per pack, 6 total). Brand new, no tarnish or other signs of use. Priced very well also, and were
received in 3 days time, standard shipping.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
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These strings are not the greatest. They last a long time but they just don't sound as good as some others. Of course sound is subjective, but for me, they just don't have the resonance and sustain as D'Addario EJ11 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 12-53.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2009
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Looking for a source for cheap strings, and these are great and at a great price. They whomp my local guitar store, and are a better string for finger picking.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
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Good Strings, plus, they send out picks for free

and that's why I give it 5-star :)

Just it, one thing, once take it out of bag, really hard to put it in again ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
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Amazon has the best price for guitar strings hands down. These Martin strings are excellent. I find light gauge a little thin for my liking, but for the price (around $3.50) it's a quirk I can put up with. The strings are cheap enough to change monthly if I really wanted. I haven't been able to play guitar as much as I like so I find myself just changing strings out every few months.

Can't beat the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
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These are working guitar string at a great price. What else can be said about them. Still sound nice after a few months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2011
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I have used these strings since I got my first guitar at the recommendation of the sales guys at MARS. They sounded much better than the original strings that came with my guitar and have yet to fail me. I actually had a set last me over two years. (I don't play nearly as often as I'd like.) Overall, great value and sound in one package!
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on September 4, 2013
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Just as a background, I'm an amateur guitarist, I've only played for about a year, but before that I played piano for a few years when I was 8 or so, and played violin for 6 years, up through 7th grade. (I'm 18 and a graduate now). So while I may not be the go-to guy, for guitar, I have a fairly musical background.
I originally bought these strings, just because they were one of the cheapest set I could find on Amazon that were made by a reputable company. I've mainly only used D'addario strings up to this point, but decided to try a different brand on a whim. My main concern with these was the string composition. I had only used Phosphor-bronze strings because I really enjoy a mellow tone. What I had heard of string composition was basically there are:
1) silk-wound strings: which play like classical and are really soft but wear out very fast
2) phosphor bronze: generally heralded as the go-to string for guitarists. Nice mellow sound
3) 80/20 mix (these): with a "brighter" sound
Because I have always enjoyed a sweet sounding, mellow tone (like piano) vs a brighter tone, think more like harpsichord, or violin, I was steered away from these strings. But what I found was that these strings teased some of the most beautiful sounds from my cheap, starter guitar. The "bright" element isn't really so much the sharp unpleasant sound I had assumed, but more like a chime on top of the normal range of sounds. After 3 days or so, the sound mellowed out even more, and I think the end result is even smoother than D'addario Phosphor-Bronze. If you play any music with artificial harmonics (think Tommy Emmanuel), my God, these strings sing. The harmonics come out bell-like and have incredible sustain.
Also, these strings produce a lot of volume. I switched from D'addario mediums, to Martin lights, and I didn't notice a volume drop. Granted those strings were old, but I think I had only put about a month on them, which is probably the shortest I've gone between string changes. I'm pretty sure these beat out the more expensive D'addario EJ-16 (phosphor bronze, lights) in the volume and clarity category. It might not be fair to compare different string compositions, apples to oranges, but out of the strings I've tried , I like the sound of these best.
Finally, perhaps most importantly: playability. These strings are the "softest" metal strings I've played. They're gentle on the finger, and I feel like there is less tension than D'addario. These take a pretty minimal amount of pressure to fret without buzzing. I play mostly fingerstyle, so this is extremely important.

So bottom line, these strings have fantastic tone and clarity. If you're a fingerstyle guitarist, then I would definitely get these. I'm still trying out new strings for my guitar, but up to this point, these are my favorites. If you don't want to switch from phosphor bronze to 80/20s in fear of losing that mellow sound, don't be! These strings sound just as mellow after a few days of breaking in. Love these strings! Will buy again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2007
There is a considerable difference in deeper tones and resonance when used with an aged Spruce top acoustic guitar. Your best buy for the money.
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