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Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings   

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

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  • Set: MFX740
  • Gauge: Light
  • 12-16-25-32-42-54

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MartinFX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Long life (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get some - Play Happy at a Great Price!

Play Happy at a Great Price!

The price and my curiosity overcame my doubts and I ordered a few sets of FX740 Phosopher Bronze 12's. It was a nice surprise...Read complete review

Play Happy at a Great Price!

The price and my curiosity overcame my doubts and I ordered a few sets of FX740 Phosopher Bronze 12's. It was a nice surprise and I quickly ordered a dozen more. They stay tuned, are easy on the fingers and fretboard, great tone and overtones when amped are bold! Even when I double capo the harmonics are right on pitch... Get some -

I have used composite 'silk & steel' strings for over 20 years on my 68 Martin Brazilian D35 12string and for 10 years on my Heritage 355 acoustic electric. I love the warm rich tones and easy fingering. Get some - Play Happy at a Great Price! When I read Martin was producing a 'flexible' core all steel string I was skeptical concerning tension and issues with capo's.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just OK

They were cheap and the flexible core idea was interesting so I bought a couple of sets. After a couple of hours playing, I can't say that I notice any big difference in...Read complete review

They were cheap and the flexible core idea was interesting so I bought a couple of sets. After a couple of hours playing, I can't say that I notice any big difference in playability. What I do notice is all treble, no bass. The quality is OK for the price but they are not something I would buy again.

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5.0

Best tone of any string I've tried

By FXSTRINGSAREGREAT

from Charlotte, NC

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    These strings sound great, and in the winter months, last a long time, I would say an entire month of daily practice and weekly gigs. In the summer, with the heat and humidity, that can change to one week and a single gig, which is to be expected from a non-coated, non-treated string. I like the tone of these strings so much that I wish Martin offered a treated version as they do wiith SP's/Life Spans. I prefer the FX because I find the SP's to be too bright, while the FX have plenty of sparkle, the "bass" strings have this grit and growl that I really love. As for the flexible core aspect, the FX don't really feel flexible to me, at least any more flexible than the Life Spans or the Elixirs I sometimes buy, but that's not why I buy them. I buy them because they sound so stinkin' good, plugged in or not. These are the best sounding strings for me, hands down. Doesn't hurt that Tommy Emmanuel endorses them either. Surprised they're not more popular than they are.

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    5.0

    Great strings.

    By Nonickname

    from Carmel Valley, CA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Wanted a string easier on my fingertips. Got these and I like them. Sound good too.

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      5.0

      These are my 'go to' strings anymore.

      By Brother Bill

      from Pasadena, Md.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy playability, whether pickin' or strummin'
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I play 3 to 4 times a week. These strings are by far the best I have used and surpass all I have played before!

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        5.0

        Love these strings

        By Sam

        from Kent, WA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practice or Performing

          Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I'm really liking these strings. I have used D'Adarrio exclusively for years. These strings might just top them. I admire and trust Tommy Emmanuel and these are the strings he uses and recommends. When he says they are the best sounding strings he has ever played I believe him. I have only used them a couple of days so can't vouch for longevity, but they sound absolutely fantastic. Bright and clear. Great intonation. i think I have found my new favorite strings.

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          5.0

          Great strings for fingerstyle

          By chucko

          from green bay wi

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Flexable
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fingerpicking

            Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I use these on all my acoustics instead of the Tomastik-infeld's i use to use. These are just about as good and cost 1/4 the price..

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            5.0

            Great! Right out of the box

            By Gil

            from Atlanta GA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practice and acoustic gig

              Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              They are great right out of the box. I gig 4 nights a week, acoustic, and I've used many strings through the years and I can put these on, FX740, and play the gig without that fresh new "piano" string sound. They last a few weeks for me. Though I know a friend who changes them every other gig. The price is great and Musician Friend's no minimum shipping charge makes them even better.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Revisit

              By Chip

              from St Augustine

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Play
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Anytime - Anywhere
              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I did a review of these strings last December. I have to update my review because these strings are the BEST I ever used by far. I have them on a Martin that I restrung last January and they still sound as good, if not better than after they first took seat.
              I only play at home these days and I change my strings at least once a month untill I tried the FX 12/54's.

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              4.0

              Working man's strings

              By Tejas Go Bragh

              from San Angelo, Tx

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I like these strings. I don't love these strings but they sound good on my Seagull S6 and on my Orpheum resonator. I change strings every week to ten days and these set in quickly. I can change strings in the morning and play a show that evening.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice

                By Chip

                from St Augustine

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I bought these strings because my fingers are getting old and stiff. I was looking for a softer bend and smooth feel. I expected to give up some tonal qualities and volume, but, to my surprise these strings give me everything I was looking for without any sacrifice. These are great strings.

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                  4.0

                  They Are More Flexibible

                  By ecruizer

                  from Kentucky

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin FX740 SP Flexible Core Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    These strings sound good. There is not a lot of string noise. However I fingerpick and they are just a little stiff for my style. I went with the 11 gauge FX775.

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