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Martin M140 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
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- 80/20 Bronze
- Gauges : 12-16-25-32-42-54
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Martin M140 Light Acoustic Guitar Strings have an 80/20 composition for brilliance, clarity, and longevity of sound. The Bronze winding alloy is ideally suited for making strings have deep, rich basses and clear, bright trebles. The Martin M-140 acoustic pack has high-quality strings for daily use. Core and wrap wires meet strict requirements to make the grade. Martin guitar strings are wound to precise specifications.
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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.
This is not my normal brand but I was very pleased with the sound after settling. It was good for playing on the porch or around a camp fire. I can see using them for my guitars around the house that I'm not plugging up for performance.
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.
Can't beat the price.