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Martin FX745 light-medium phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings use a thinner core wire to deliver greater player control with sharp attack, increased flexibility and improved harmonic sustain. The wrap is constructed of 92/8 bronze and the core wire is Martin's platinum: high carbon steel with special zinc flashing. Recommended for acoustic rock rhythm styles.

92/8 Phosphor Bronze

This alloy is comprised of 92% copper, 8% tin and traces of lead, iron, zinc and phosphor. These strings produce a bright but slightly warmer sound than the 80/20. The phosphor in the alloy helps them to retain their new sound for greater consistency in brilliance levels.

Platinum

High carbon steel with special zinc flashing that gives the wire better tensile properties. Martin uses platinum on the FX string sets to increase the durability and improve harmonic sustain.

It has been said that the guitar becomes a mini orchestra when played fingerstyle. In fingerstyle's simplistic form, the thumb is setting the beat and the fingers are working through the melody. While that sounds rather basic, it is rather challenging to master. Despite all the instruction and guidance on fingerstyle playing, very little focus has been given to the string where the sound is truly initiated. So, Martin started from scratch in their string research facility and worked with several fingerstyle groups to develop a string that would be more responsive to fingerstyle methods. After creating many samples in the lab and working with the fingerstyle groups, they determined that a fingerstyle string should deliver crisp, clear notes with little overtone and light sustain. The string needs to be flexible and almost soft to the touch, but very controllable. And, since fingerstyle playing is not a forceful style, the string needs to deliver the proper resonance and vibration to the top to create the right volume.

The end result: Martin FX Flexible Core, available in 80/20 Bronze for maximum brilliance out of the box, and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze for warmth and consistent brilliance. The silvered steel plain strings provide the traditional tone and longevity you expect from Martin. The zinc flashed thinner core wire and thicker wrap wire increase the resonance and control while creating a more flexible string. Ultra-pure high tensile strength steel has been chosen to maximize the durability of the string.

Martin asked a member of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society to give them his feedback on the Martin FX strings. Here is Dave Wodnicki's experience: "The new Martin FX strings are truly a great set of wires. On the sound, the tone is clear/warm and they ring very nicely. On the feel, great to the touch but what I really noticed was that when I played up above the 7th fret all the way up to the 14th, it took less effort to make the chords, runs and bass lines. I was able to move around a bit easier and the control was very solid, which means I had plenty of reserve energy for expression. That's exactly what I like because there is a lot of music up there when you can get some real power into the phrasing and sustain it. The Martin FX Phosphor Bronze strings are perfect for fingerstyle. Nice work, guys!"

Whether you play Travis picking, American primitive guitar, ragtime guitar, Celtic guitar, slack-key guitar, percussive fingerstyle or jazz fingerstyle, give Martin FX Flexible Core strings a test. The Martin FX Flexible Core sets are also suitable for beginning guitar players. The FX line requires less finger pressure to play than standard strings at equivalent tensions. The thinner core wire also provides better sustain in the upper harmonic overtones.

C. F. Martin & Co., Est. 1833 remains one of the longest surviving family owned and operated manufacturers in the world. Six generations of the Martin family have been dedicated to the company's products, their superbly well-crafted acoustic instruments and strings.


Experience Martin tone and craftsmanship through their strings. Call or click today to order.

 

FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings Specifications:

  • Gauge .0125 - .055
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    5.0

    My "new" favorite string.

    By mymartind35

    from Northwest Arkansas

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    Pros

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

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      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I've played for over 36 years and I've played on just about every string. The Martin FX's are the first set of uncoated strings I've used that have lasted any time at all. I used to have the acidic touch. I could kill a set just touching them. These strings don't do that and to make matters better, they sound a whole lot better than the coated strings. I have 4 extra sets right now. But all 9 of my steel string guitars have these on them. Thanks Martin!

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      5.0

      Love the strings. Great for fingerstyle

      By mymartind35

      from Northwest Arkansas

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      Pros

      • Add Punch
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Travis-picking

      Comments about Martin FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I have played fingerstyle from day one. I've used about every brand under-the-sun and these are the strings that have made my Yamaha AC3R light-up. They are wonderful for the alternating bass because of the heavieer bottoms. I still have light enough tops to play the blues and they work great for playing backup as well as lead.

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      5.0

      Rich sound

      By Jim

      from Florida

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        Comments about Martin FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        These strings definitely sound different. Warm and resonant. A rich sound. I would not call them bright if that's what your looking for. I fingerpick and am pleased with the results.

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        5.0

        Great value - Great sound !

        By Gully

        from Jersey City, NJ

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        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

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        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Nice ring for the highs with nice mellows for the lows. Tone lasts for months. Good, good value.

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        5.0

        Great Strings for Fingerstyle

        By Blake Nelson

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Martin FX745 Light-Medium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I ordered a set of these to try on a 12-fret Larivee 000-60 and was very pleased. I wanted to keep a heavier gauge for fingerstyle on that guitar, but also wanted slightly less tension than a true medium gauge to increase playability. Mission accomplished, and they sound really, really good. I've also been pleased with the other FX strings, and find them comprable to the popular phospor bronze strings from other brands. The FX745's fill a really good niche: not too heavy, not too light - which is obviously the point of these. Highly recommended.
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        Great tone and longevity.
        I think these are a steal at the prices on Musician's Friend.

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