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Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings   

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Gauges 11.5-14-23-28-38-47. Martin Acoustic strings are the string of choice for musicians around the world. Tried and true, they are designed to del...Read More

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No whistles or bells. Just pure, ringing tone.

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

Martin Acoustic strings are the string of choice for musicians around the world. Tried and true, they are designed to deliver consistent quality and tone with every set. Great for daily play and appropriate for all skill levels.


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MartinM130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (33)
  • Consistent (30)
  • Long life (18)
  • Well built / quality (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Back-up (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (11), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive Strings

I absolutely love these strings. I put them on a guitar that up to that point I had intended on selling, it just never had the right sound or feel. But with the...Read complete review

I absolutely love these strings. I put them on a guitar that up to that point I had intended on selling, it just never had the right sound or feel. But with the Martin M130 Folk Silk & Steel strings, it has vastly improved the sound and feel of my guitar.

I have sold my more experienced friends on these strings just by playing with them-- they said they had never felt anything like them, loved the sound, and then continued to play on my guitar all night. :-)

The feel is soft and easy on the fingers, strings bend with more ease, extending the time you can physically spend with your guitar (especially important for beginners who usually complain a lot of finger fatigue, or older musicians with arthritis, or nerve damage like I have). The sound is a lovely mixture of steel highs and mellow lows. I originally bought these strings because I read that they were a mellow alternative, somewhere between Phosphor-Bronze and Nylon (and my guitar was overzealous in the treble and lacking in the bass). What I did not expect was the overall range-- soft and mellow but well-voiced bass strings, and ethereal high notes on the top strings. I am well impressed!

These strings have lasted surprisingly well. I put them on my guitar 3 1/2 months ago, and play multiple times a week (sometimes 7 days straight and other times missing a week at a time), and the sound and intonation still surprise me. They stay tuned very well (even on my more "entry level" guitar), and have not yet developed that dreaded "flatness" that seems to start creeping up on my other strings within weeks of use.

Would I buy these again? You betcha. In fact I just ordered another 3 sets for myself and 2 as gifts. Enjoy!

VS

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

Nothing beats the tone of these babies.

By Old man knows pickin"

from Branson MO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I have a 60 year old hand made dreadnought. Deep rich tones come out of my instrument and the Martin S&S always brings them out. I've used them for nearly forty years.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very smooth

    By Bruce Kerr

    from Southern Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Not tinny
    • Strong

    Cons

    • No cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I have several acoustic guitars including an early 90's Gibson Chet Atkins solid body and wanted to change the strings. I put these Silk and Steels on and whoa Nelly what a difference! I think they are very understated. If you're plugging in a solid body or other acoustic they're perfect. Unamplified on a box guitar I'd prefer something else. This is not a knock! They really sound good to my ears, very lively, good tone etc, and easy on the fingers. To me they're a special purpose string. My Chet needed these as they are very forgiving and sound good for vocal accompanyment for my seated acoustic solo act. Not loud or squeaky sounding and definitely not screechy if you know what I mean? With the Chet volume is not a problem. I'll keep using these or some like them on the Chet, but something else on my others for unamplified volume. Part timer out!

     
    5.0

    Best acoustic guitar strings so far

    By GG

    from Richmond VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I've been looking and will keep on looking for the best sounding, playing acoustic guitar strings. I'm looking for easy on the fingers, great sound, sustain, consistency of all strings and long lasting. So far this be them. But I'll keep looking for something better while playing these till then.

     
    5.0

    I will be buying these again.

    By Mechadeus

    from North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I am pleased with these strings. They will make me sound great.

       
      5.0

      Great Strings

      By doc

      from ohio, ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I just love the silk and steel strings for playing around the house and the price here is great and free shipping. You can't go wrong.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My fingers thank me!

          By William

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I get a couple of sets of these when I haven't played for a while and have to build up my callouses.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new go-to strings

          By Jordon

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Great tone, silky smooth, and affordable price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I like these strings

          By Harvey Martinez

          from Omaha, NE

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I like these strings for my guitar

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            excellent strings

            By Kay

            from ct

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I actually put these strings on an old guitar that was my dads......from WWII and it sounds pretty darn good.

               
              4.0

              You can count on 'em...

              By Michael

              from Baltimore MD USA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                fine strings

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