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Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Overview
  • Set: FX130
  • Gauge: Custom
  • Tension: 128
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    $14.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $9.00
  • On Sale Today:
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  • Sale Price:
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Martin

Long life and clear tone.

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

Martin FX guitar strings utilize an advanced thin wire core to increase flexibility and improve sustain without sacrificing tone, durability, or playability.

Features
  • Set: FX130
  • Gauge: Custom
  • Tension: 128
 
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MartinFX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Long life (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My search for perfect strings over!

    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 -...Read complete review

    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!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    FX130 Silk And Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings

    Too bright for my ear.
    I may be a stick-in-the-mud. I tried these strings in an attempt to remove a little of the brightness from my Martin HD28. I wanted a little...Read complete review

    Too bright for my ear.
    I may be a stick-in-the-mud. I tried these strings in an attempt to remove a little of the brightness from my Martin HD28. I wanted a little more pop sound than Blue Grass. I got 60's 12 string sound instead. I just put them on today. I will remove them tomorrow. Some will love them. I am still searching for MY String! The Silk and Phosphor are not it! It may be the lighter guage.
    Martin Quality.
    Value priced.

    Reviewed by 34 customers

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    5.0

    Can't beat the price

    By Brian

    from Montreal

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I bought 3 sets of strings because of the price on sale.And suggestion from my teacher. I ordered 10 more sets because they are great. Unbelievable price for Martin strings.

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      5.0

      FX130

      By MG21

      from The Bay Area

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Nothing Unusable

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          4.0

          A very good string for the price.

          By Kenny D

          from Indy

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            A pro would want a more expensive string, but for home or practice, they are great.

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            5.0

            GREAT STRINGS,GREAT ACTION

            By MUSIC MAN 1977

            from ALABAMA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Improves Action
            • Makes Playing Easy
            • Sound great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Great For Begginers
              • Great For Good Action
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              THESE ARE GREAT STRINGS FOR BEGGINERS ,THEY HAVE GREAT ACTION. MAKES IT EASIER FOR BEGGINER TO BUILD CALOUSES ON FINGER TIPS. ALSO MAKES ANY GUITAR SOUND AMAZING. NOT FOR HARD PICKING,GREAT FOR FINGER PICKING AND STRUMING. GRAB A SET AND TRY THEM. VERY NICE SOUND.

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              5.0

              Great Strings, great tone

              By Marshall Advocate

              from SC

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Light Tension
              • Soft Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • ANY USE

                Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                These strings sound great! They are lighter tension than a standard set of 11's and that makes them not only easier to play barr chords on but they also don't kill your finger tips. The bass response is excellent, providing a nice rounded bass that is full of tone. They have slightly less volume than a standard 80/20 string set (but that's why you have an amp) but the warm tone more than makes up for it.

                When installing do not pull up on them as hard as you would a normal set as over stretching can damage the core and severely shorten the life of the strings. Simply pull up lightly to "set" them and then tune up. You will not be disappointed with these strings. I installed them on 4 of my guitars and they all sounded great so I immediately bought many more sets.

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                5.0

                Smoothest strings I have ever used.

                By Ray

                from Atlanta, Georgia

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I bought these strings because of the price on sale. I ordered 3 more sets because they are great. Unbelievable price for Martin strings.

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                4.0

                GOOD STINS, DON"T ABUSE THEM

                By Marshall Advocate

                from SC

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    These are very good strings yet I see that some folks complain that they don't have long life. Yes they do, but they have a silk core instead of a steel core so when installing them do not pull as hard on them as you do with steel core strings. If you pull too hard you can damage the core and seriously reduce the lifespan. Gently pull up each string only a little bit after installing them to set the tension.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bright sound

                    By AsianGuy97

                    from New York

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I've been experimenting with all sort of Martin strings over the last 18 months, everything from FX to SP to Lifespan (I have yet to venture into the very specialized artist strings). I've toyed with gauges from extra lights to medium as well as phosphor bronze and 80/20 Bronze. I've tried nearly every combinations of these and I finally settled with these FX130 Silk and Phosphor. (I'm going to try the M130 (Silk and Steel) at some point).

                        Normally I'm not a fan of brighter tone strings, but something about the tones of these rang surprisingly well with me. So even if you aren't a fan of brighter tones, I'd say give these a shot and see what happens.

                        As another reviewer had mention, these strings coming out of the pack looks "floppy" as to articulate how soft on the fingers they may be. I just wanted to add that all the FX strings are a little "floppy". What I found was different between these and normal FX strings is that they do feel softer to the touch. There is something different about the wrap for sure.

                        So far I've used them for two weeks with about 1 hours of play each night. Compare to the normal SP, they did not tarnish as fast, which is good if you do a lot of finger slides (I hate how sandpaper like "old" strings feel). They definitely tarnish faster than the Lifespans. However in the case of lifespan, they have this odd "waxy" feel to it for those that tried it.

                        The last thing I want to say is that even though these are custom light gauge, they feel more like extra lights because they are FX.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I would grab these while I can

                        By Vince

                        from VA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Ask me a question

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Feel Like Electric String
                        • Good Tone
                        • Not Much Tone Loss

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          OK, I have been playing since 5 years of age and have several instrument endorsements, and am REALLY picky about everything as this is my living. Just transitioning to some acoustic work after years playing arch tops with crazy low actions. The style I play with chord melodies etc demands an easily playing instrument, which most acoustics are not built for. Put a set of these on my Breedlove Legacy Concert, and it feels like my Heritage Golden Eagle in terms of fast action and no tension. Also no real buzzing to speak of as I am not a rhythm banger. Just reordered 10 more sets at this price as they would be GREAT to put on the Vintage archtops I have that I never play plugged in. Don't know how long they will last, but this price and free shipping I wanted to be sure to stock up. I can also recommend to my students whose guitars have higher actions and need a softer feeling string.

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          GARBAGE!!!!!

                          By Mistersoul

                          from Undisclosed

                          About Me Experienced

                          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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