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Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings  

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Silky smooth sound and feel.

Gauges 11.5-14-23-28-38-47.

Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk & Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings are steel strings that are wound with silk on the lower strings, making them softer to the touch and easier to play.

Martin strings are high-quality intended for daily use. Core and wrap wires must meet strict requirements in order to make the grade. Martin guitar strings are wound to precise specifications.


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MartinM130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings
 
4.7

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (14)
    • Back-up (7)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Like caressing the hips of a lover!

    Went to my local music shop initially wanting to get a heavier gauge string so I could get some more volume out of my concert size martin. Ended up seeing these and going on...Read complete review

    Went to my local music shop initially wanting to get a heavier gauge string so I could get some more volume out of my concert size martin. Ended up seeing these and going on a one way trip to heaven.
    They turned a well-balanced guitar into and even better balanced guitar. I've been getting a very even tone over the entire neck. They play like a dream, perfect combination of classical and steel string feel. Since they are very light there's not as much volume or punch but they sing so sweetly! They respond very well to playing dynamics, compliment the voice, and blend well with other instruments. If you're looking to cause a ruckus and get your rock'n'rolla on I'd go with a heavier string as the bass side tends to buzz and the treble side gets a bit harsh when you really dig in. Since they're light they aren't the best for slide playing (although my action is fairly low for slide in the first place) I've recommended this set to everyone I know

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Put them on, played them, took them off.

    I used these strings on a dreadnaught. They seem to stretch a lot. The tone is dull and muddy and I ended up having a bunch of issues with fret buzz. I took...Read complete review

    I used these strings on a dreadnaught. They seem to stretch a lot. The tone is dull and muddy and I ended up having a bunch of issues with fret buzz. I took them off and switched to the Martin SPs and everything was fine after that.

    It's likely set up and preference. But I was after brighter highs and sharper lows. The silk and steels weren't up to the job. Everything seemed dull and low volume.

    Like I said, once I switched them out to the SPs the guitar sounded great again.

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    5.0

    Sweet on Cedar Top

    By Rich

    from Oregon Coast

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

        Very happy with these strings on my cedar top Seagull Mini Jumbo. Warm base tone, excellent mid range and sweet ringing highs. Easy to bend, and just plain fun to play.

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        5.0

        Best Acoustic Strings

        By Jonesy123

        from Fort Worth, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

          Great strings for acoustic guitar playing of any style. These are the only strings I have found that are not excessively bright, like all the bronze strings. Also unlike bronze, Silk and Steel maintain their sound throughout the life. These are the only acoustic strings I use.

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          5.0

          good value the money

          By pickinlady

          from south carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

            I have used these strings for years , the are easy on the fingers and have a really good sound .I use them on all my guitars. I play in church and practice everyday and they hold up good.

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            5.0

            good product for the money

            By pickinlady

            from south carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

              I have used silk and steel strings for years, they are easy on the fingers and sound good on my electric acoustic..I play a lot in church and I practice everyday and these strings hold up very good....I bought three sets at a very good price.

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              5.0

              Sweet, mellow strings

              By tah100

              from Staunton, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                I've been experimenting to find the perfect strings for my new Ibanez; various other Martins and D'Adarrios were harsh, very short lived, and made that horrible finger-sliding noise. I was about to shell out for Elixirs, and purchased these on a whim. Needless to say, Elixirs are not needed. These strings are very supple, facilitating easier playing and string bends. They have a lower, mellower tone, but with lots of clarity; basically a cross between a steel string and a classical. The easy playing is great for beginners, but if you play "acoustic shred" as it's called, or a similar style that needs a very cutting, bright attack, you may want to look elsewhere. Great strings, especially at this price.

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                5.0

                Honestly, Best Strings of All Time

                By JJ

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                    I've used basic strings to Elixers and I have to say, these are the best. They are super bendy, soft, and are really easy on your fingertips. I have a Seagull guitar, and these strings make it sound like heaven. Really pleasant sound. I'm probably going to buy these until they discontinue them (I really hope they don't) 200% Recommend!

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                    5.0

                    Great service on an exchange

                    By spencer45

                    from Aliquippa, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                          I mistakenly ordered strings for a 6 string guitar but didn't discover it until they arrived. I called and told the service agent that I intended to order for a 12 string guitar. He quickly calculated the difference in cost and told me how to send back the 7 boxes of Martin 6 strings by using the label attached to the packing slip. They immediately sent the boxes of 12 strings and said I had 30 days to return the 6 string sets. It all worked well. Excellent service. I recommend Musician's Friend.

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                          4.0

                          Good strings for those starting out.

                          By Sbee355

                          from Kent, WA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Long Life

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easy

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                          Bought these strings for my daughter to replace an older set on a vintage folk guitar. They have been great for us in the past.
                          This time however we had problems with breakage while tuning the guitar. Not sure it was the fault of the strings however.
                          Will buy these strings again per their past performance.

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                          5.0

                          A great alternative for some guitars

                          By Frank

                          from Midwest

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                            These strings have many applications, as you can see from other reviews, but my favorite use for them is on an old Harmony archtop acoustic. These bring out the great warm tone that gives listeners more of an idea of what this kind of guitar can sound like, compared to the clanky tone of typical acoustic strings on a budget archtop. I have also used them on a cheap small acoustic like a Stella, since that guitar can also sound boxy. Great for guitars that are midrange-focused in general.

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                            5.0

                            USED THEM FOREVER

                            By TOM C

                            from LECANTO FLORIDA

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Martin M130 Folk Guitar Silk and Steel Compound Wound Acoustic Strings:

                              I HAVE USED THESE STRINGS MOST OFTEN FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS. I HAVE TRIED DOZENS ON VARIOUS BRANDS BUT ALWAYS SEEM TO END UP BACK TO THESE.IF I WERE TO HAVE TO PICK TWO REASONS WHY,NUMBER 1, THEY ARE VERY EASY ON THE FINGERS,AND NUMBER TWO, AND THE MAIN REASON...NO SQUEAK, ESPECIALLY WHEN RECORDING.THEY ALSO BEND VERY EASILY.

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