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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 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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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 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (25)
  • Consistent (24)
  • Long life (14)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (10), Professional musician (5)

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!

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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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3.0

Comfortable Compromise

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

        Used on D-28, replacing a set of D'Addario beta testers that I was given. The Martin strings are ok sounding, very comfortable to the touch. I've used them for years, but the D'Addario strings were superior in sound.

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        5.0

        Low tension, mellow, smooth, easy to play beginners choice

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        from Los Alamos, NM

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

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

          These strings are easy on picking hand due to light tension and smooth feel which is one less challenge for a beginner to overcome.

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          5.0

          Great for Fingerpicking

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          from PA

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          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I use these strings on an acoustic folk guitar and play only fingerstyle. These strings give a warm but defined tone, with balanced response - I've found phospher bronze strings for instance to have overpowering basses for my playing. I play professionally and daily, and these strings last 3-4 months.

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            5.0

            I love these strings

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            from Mesquite, Texas

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

                Been using these for 20 years and love it when it all works well

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                5.0

                great strings !

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                from pottsville, PA

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                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

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                  Best Uses

                  • playing these strings, easy on fingers.

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

                  great for parlor guitar

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                  5.0

                  Good tone... Great price.

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                  from Black Hills, SD

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                        5.0

                        My fingers love these strings.

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                        from Spanish Springs, NV

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

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

                          I use these stings for my Fender California Elvis Presley Signature guitar and play folk music for myself and family. These strings sound fantastic and are easy on the fingers.

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                          5.0

                          I will buy again

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                          from Waddy ky

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                          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

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                            from Fort Worth, Tx

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

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

                              Great strings

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                              5.0

                              Wonderful Strings, a Must Try!

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                              from New York

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                              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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