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Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings 

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Gauges 11-13-23-28-38-47Martin SP Flexible Core strings have a thin, but strong core wire and a thicker wrap wire, which allows them to be flexible a...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (64)
  • Consistent (51)
  • Long life (27)
  • Well built / quality (21)
  • Easy on the fingers (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Back-up (23)
  • Concerts (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (52), Novice (13), Professional musician (12)

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 NC

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Easiest to play that i've found

    By WeakFingers

    from St Petersburg, FL

    About Me Novice

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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.

        (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

          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.

          (4 of 4 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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My search for perfect strings over!

          By Roy A

          from 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!

          (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 5 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.

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