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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 lo...Read More

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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 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Long life (10)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Back-up (10)
  • Concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (7), Professional musician (3)

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

I will buy again

By 

from Waddy ky

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

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

    Great strings my acoustic 4hrs at a show that's a four hr show I love the feel on my fingers

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    5.0

    Solid strings

    By 

    from Tx

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      Great strings

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Strings, a Must Try!

      By 

      from New York

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Short life

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      I was surprisingly impressed with these strings. I have shifted to lighter gauge strings in recent years for playability. However since I tried what I considered are the sister strings to these, the Martin FX130 (silk and phosphor), I figured I'd try these out.
      When I opened the package, I was apprehensive about the tone of these strings because they appear more rope like than what I typically associate with steel strings. I was also a bit surprised by the pure burning silver color of the strings (as a result of the steel coating i imagine), I have since grown to like the contrast of them on my guitar.
      Enough about aesthetics, few people buy strings based on how they look. The tone was incredible to my ears. It has much more overtones (which I usually dislike) than I've ever heard from any other strings I've tried. The tone was further complex by the fact that it had a hint of a classical guitar sound (not enough to make it displeasing for steel string players)
      From a playability standpoint, I found it required a touch higher pressure from my typical extra light gauges (.010) as compared to these (.0115).
      The longevity of these strings may be it's only down fall. I don't excrete much oil from my hands (and strings seem to have about 25%-33% more life with me than my friends), and from daily playing of about 1 to 2 hours per day, over the course of a week, I found that a light tarnish has already begun to form. I imagine these strings will only last 3 weeks at this rate.

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      5.0

      The great vintage tone of the folk era!

      By 

      from Park City, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        If you like the vintage guitar sounds of the folk era, these are your strings!

        They are a little softer and quieter than bronze or brass strings. The timbre is somewhere between a steel-string guitar and a nylon string. The plain strings are sharp and clear, and the wound strings have the gorgeous, broader tone that comes from the silk winding.

        Silk and steel strings were the "Gold Standard" in the folk era of the 60s.

        They're easier on your fingers, and the mellower tone leaves space in the mix for your voice.

        If you tend to play vigorously with a pick, either lead or rhythm, these may not be the strings for you. They don't have the punch or definition of bronze, brass or monel steel.

        But if you play fingerstyle or strum gently, these are about the sweetest-sounding strings there are, especially for accompanying voice.

        There's a reason they're still making them after all these years!

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        4.0

        No Better string for Seagull Guitars

        By 

        from Augusta GA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • The Action Is Unlimited

        Cons

        • Not Very Long Shelf Life

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • The Singers' Strings

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

        These string are a great accomplishment to the singer song writer musicians. The action is great and light yet still holds a solid but warm tone. I use these on all my Seagull guitar - cant find a better string.
        Shelf -life is short so if you play hard change often. They lose that 'fresh out the box feel' faster than most strings - no special coating going on but for the price - there's nothing like playing on a new set of strings.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressive Strings

        By 

        from San Luis Obispo, CA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Consistent
        • Easy on fingers
        • Feel Great
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Silver

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Beginners
          • Fingerpicking
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar 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 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!

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Everything was fine

          By 

          from Ithaca, New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Quick, efficient service

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Go To Strings

                By 

                from Lawrence, Kansas

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I love how these strings feel! I play nylon string guitars a lot and tend to dislike some of the sounds I get when I pick up a steel string guitar. These strings give me the sound I enjoy. I also love the silver appearance. These are my new go to strings.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet on Cedar Top

                    By 

                    from Oregon Coast

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar 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.

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best Acoustic Strings

                        By 

                        from Fort Worth, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar 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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