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Martin Strings for less!
on January 19, 2014
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.