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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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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 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (29)
  • Consistent (28)
  • Long life (17)
  • Well built / quality (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (25)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Novice (11), Professional musician (6)

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 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

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    5.0

    excellent strings

    By Kay

    from ct

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    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.

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      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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        5.0

        Great strings for my older 1954 00-17 Martin low tension

        By Nonickname

        from Carmel Valley, CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          These were the strings that Martin recommended for my 1954 00-17 Martin. However I plan to put on the 1400 strings to protect the holes at the bridge. Same strings but protection at the bridge area with silk wrapping. Otherwise they are great low tension strings for older guitars that cannot take the tension from ie light strings.

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          3.0

          Comfortable Compromise

          By SteviJeep

          from The Mont

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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

          By KKG in LA

          from Los Alamos, NM

          About Me Novice

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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

            By Rev. Crystal

            from PA

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • 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

              By Kenneth

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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 !

                  By vince

                  from pottsville, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    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.

                    By Doc

                    from Black Hills, SD

                    About Me Novice

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

                    Practice

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