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Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings

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It isn't just about flexibility, it's about bending the note 'til it rings true.

Gauges 11-13-23-28-38-47

Martin SP Flexible Core strings have a thin, but strong core wire and a thicker wrap wire, which allows them to be flexible and easy on the fingers while holding standard tension. SP Flexible Core strings feel soft to the touch, making them ideal for beginners. But don't be fooled by comfort! Just ask Tommy Emmanuel, who performs with Martin's SP Flexible Core strings night after night. With SP Flexible Core, you get total flexibility and total control.

FEATURES
Set: FX130
Gauge: Custom
Tension: 128
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MartinFX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (68)
  • Consistent (55)
  • Long life (30)
  • Well built / quality (24)
  • Easy on the fingers (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (51)
  • Concerts (25)
  • Back-up (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (53), Novice (14), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A couple of thing you should know

I have played professionally. I'm an old guy now, but I do know strings. When I first tried these strings I gave them a good review, and I stand by what I said...Read complete review

I have played professionally. I'm an old guy now, but I do know strings. When I first tried these strings I gave them a good review, and I stand by what I said originally. There are, however, a couple of things you should know. These strings don't pick up well with a sound hole pickup or on an archtop guitar. They're great for acoustic playing though. Also, if your action is low, be prepared to adjust your truss rod. These strings have less tension. and you may end up with fret buzz. Loosening your truss rod a bit, might eliminate that problem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mellow but not for me.

I purchased these to put on my parlor guitar so I could play fingerstyle easily and without getting sore fingers as the strings are supposed to be softer on the fingers. They are definitely...Read complete review

I purchased these to put on my parlor guitar so I could play fingerstyle easily and without getting sore fingers as the strings are supposed to be softer on the fingers. They are definitely softer but you definitely lose volume and tone. The strings made my parlor guitar so mellow in tone and quiet in volume that I just considered them not right. If I play fingerstyle blues I do want good tone and these strings seem to sacrifice tone for easy playing and being soft on the fingers. I ended up taking off these strings and putting on D'Darrio 10/47 which are working out great.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A couple of thing you should know

By George

from North Carolina

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

  • Do not pick up well when played electric

Best Uses

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I have played professionally. I'm an old guy now, but I do know strings. When I first tried these strings I gave them a good review, and I stand by what I said originally. There are, however, a couple of things you should know. These strings don't pick up well with a sound hole pickup or on an archtop guitar. They're great for acoustic playing though. Also, if your action is low, be prepared to adjust your truss rod. These strings have less tension. and you may end up with fret buzz. Loosening your truss rod a bit, might eliminate that problem.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Easiest to play that i've found

    By WeakFingers

    from St Petersburg, FL

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I've been struggling to play barre chords; the strings I've tried previously were too hard for me to hold down cleanly. These Silk and Phosphor strings from Martin are the best I've found - are lighter, or seem to have the least tension, and so are easier for me to hold down - and will allow me to practice these harder chords while I build up strength in my admittedly weak fingers. I highly recommend these strings if you're having similar difficulties.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Martin FX strings

        By JMBW Vintage

        from MN

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        Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        These are very good strings- low tension, easy on the fingers. Nice even balanced tone. Beautiful, warm sound. Try a set.
        Very good quality strings.
        These strings are a great value.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent strings at any price...

        By jnthnmoore

        from Grenada, MS U.S.A.

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Great sustain
        • Long Life
        • Wonderful warm tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Recording

          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I concur with all of the positive comments by other reviewers. I would only add that these strings have a unique quality that makes them sound much less metallic than most strings. Their playability is without question a strong suit, however the tone is what sets them apart. If you have longed to find a string that sounds like it was made for an open air performance rather than a sanitized studio, these are the strings for you. They make me want to pick up my guitar and play!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My search for perfect strings over!

          By Roy A

          from McLeansville, NC

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          Pros

          • Bright
          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Excellent value
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Loud

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Finger Picking
          • Live Performance
          • Practicing
          • Strumming

          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          After much reading about the sound qualities of different kinds of strings, I used bronze or PB's custom lights for a long time. I first tried these strings on my backup/practice guitar - a folk sized Simon and Patrick. The sound was sweet and the strings soft to the touch and easy to play. My main player is a Masterbilt EF500RCCE and it has a rather dark tone. I was afraid to go any lighter than the custom lights (11-52) that I've been using because I was afraid of excessive volume loss. After putting these on, the tone is considerably brighter and better and volume is equal to, if not better, than the custom lights. I play a mixture of finger style and strumming and these strings sound excellent for both. After years of experimenting w/strings my search is over. Don't be put off by the lightness of the gauge - these are easily equal to regular lights in volume IMO. Save your fingers and boost your tone at the same time. Best strings I have EVER used. Excellent!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Calm the storm!

          By mfreshone

          from Washington, DC

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Really Nice Mellow Tone

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Taking The Edge Off Loud

          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Got these for my daughter's new ovation that came w/medium bronze strings that were very bright and loud! When she sang acoustic, it drowned her out. We put these on (and took out a shim in the bridge) and the guitar is the most effortless and smooth sounding guitar ever. Love them.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Bought one then bought a lot

          By Heyradar

          from Nebraska

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Bought one set and tried them on my main guitar. I immediately liked the feel of the strings and the sound. They were great sounding and I found myself wanting to play more and more. I have since ordered 6 more sets and are using them on both acoustics with several sets for restringing. Great value.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love thesr strings.

            By Ray Henderson

            from Dunwoody, Geogia

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy on the fingers.
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Playing everyday

              Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These strings added a whole new enjoyment to my daily playing. They also gave a better sound to my Epiphone AJ220.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Easy on the Fingers, but still sound Great.

              By Old Man Arthur

              from Portland, OR

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              Pros

              • Easy on fingers
              • Good Tone
              • Light Tension
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Fingerpicking

                Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I was looking for light tension Martin Silk-n-Steel M1400 to put on my Ancient guitar. But I found these on sale so I gave them a shot. Once I got a 5-pack and tried them on a couple of my guitars I decided that I Love these. I put them on my newer guitars too. They are very easy to play because of the Low Tension "Silk" part. And the Phosphor part Sounds good. They sound good straight acoustic, as well as amplified on my Acoustic Electric guitar. I just pre-ordered a bunch of them for when MF gets them back in stock. And the current price is unbeatable too.

                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                GARBAGE!!!!!

                By Mistersoul

                from Undisclosed

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easy

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I read a ton of 5 star reviews and might agree with them if two of the strings (A & D) hadn't snapped before they got even close to in tune.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A great string for gigging musicians!

                  By HarleyMichaeld

                  from Northwest Arkansas

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy on the fingers
                  • Long Life
                  • Well balanced

                  Cons

                  • No problems at all

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Fingerstyle
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I've played guitar a long time. I don't believe one string gauge is better than the next in every instance. These strings prove it. They're not loud, but the tone is exquisite. These strings made me a big fan. I play five different brands of guitars. All of which sound different. These strings made the best come out in all of them. Especially the D-35 Martin. Whatever gauge you use, you owe it to yourself to at least give these strings a try. They've been on my guitars a month and they still sound better than any of the coated strings ever did. This will more than likely be the string I use from now on.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great strings for students

                  By Beach guitar man

                  from Oklahoma

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                  Pros

                  • Easy on the fingers
                  • Great value
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All around great strings

                    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Great strumming strings, very easy on fingers.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Brought guitar to life

                    By Hobby player

                    from Dryden, MI

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Just noodling
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      Bought these to try on my very inexpensive Jasmine guitar. This was the very first guitar I bought and it always was just OK, not really easy to play nor a great sound. These strings took my guitar to a new level, both in sound and play-ability. I never imagined this guitar could ever sound any better than what it always had, regardless of the different strings I tried. They even made playing bar cords on this guitar easy because of the flexibility. The sounds of the low's are low and the high's are high, as they should be.
                      I am thankful I took time to give these strings a try, as of now these will be my "go to" strings.
                      Have to admit too, the cost is very reasonable. I don't know how long the strings will stay good in the packaging but I will buy quite a few more to keep on hand.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good sound and nice to yor fingers

                      By Kirk

                      from Ca

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                      Pros

                      • Almost the best of all worlds in one string
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life

                      Cons

                      • A bit low in volume

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Playing a lot
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I love the silk and steel strings , but wow everything good about silk and steel but alot more sound volume
                      and tone

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good Easy Playing Strings

                      By trek biker

                      from Massapequa, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone
                      • Low Tension
                      • Much easier to play

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Playing for myself

                        Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        These strings are very easy to play, with I think 123 lbs of string tension compared to the more typical 160+lbs. Overall tone is more mellow, withe the mid range tones being much more pronounced and the B and E are more subtle and not so bright and almost tinny sounding as with the factory strings I had. Much, much easier on the fingers and hand muscles. I can play longer with less fatigue. Probably better too, as I do not feel like I am wrestling the guitar so much with harder chord shapes. I bought several sets, and this will be my go to strings.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great strings, great price

                        By cds5122

                        from Hesston, KS

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Picked these up on sale, like the tone so I'll be buying these again.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          these strings play and sound great

                          By carcass

                          from Missouri

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Playing

                            Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            These strings are easy to use and they sound great.

                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            I love the great sound from the silk and phosphor strings!

                            By Sherm

                            from Yucca Valley Ca.

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                They didn't last as long as I preferred, however I used a hard pick and relentless hard playing unplugged at blue grass.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice Strings

                                By platt

                                from N Calif

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone
                                • Long Life
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                  Nice Strings

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  MARTIN FLEX CORE STRINGS

                                  By BEN.

                                  from Hamburg, AR.

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Long Life
                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Concerts
                                    • Practicing

                                    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                    I use them on Fender Sonoran, BC RICH, Ibanez Talman, Electric Acoustics. Sounds great, easy on the fingers.

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