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Martin M130 Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings

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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 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (49)
  • Consistent (44)
  • Long life (23)
  • Well built / quality (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (40)
  • Concerts (16)
  • Back-up (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), Novice (14), Professional musician (8)

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

 

Great for beginners only

Of all the steel strings I've used in over 40 years of playing guitar, these strings are the easiest on your fingers. If you're a beginner, or if you haven't picked up your...Read complete review

Of all the steel strings I've used in over 40 years of playing guitar, these strings are the easiest on your fingers. If you're a beginner, or if you haven't picked up your guitar for a few years, these are a perfect set of strings to get you going. The down side of these strings is the tone. I find them to dull the sound of my guitar. Some may find them to be just what they like however, I like a bright clear tone, with a punchy bottom end. These are more balanced, and don't have the bright highs and robust lows that I like. Like everything else, it's all about personal preference.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My fingers thank me!

By William

from undisclosed

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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.

(4 of 5 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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Impressive Strings

    By Equus17

    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!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very smooth

      By Bruce Kerr

      from Southern Illinois

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      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!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for Fingerpicking

        By Rev. Crystal

        from PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My fingers love these strings.

          By Bobby Ly

          from Spanish Springs, NV

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

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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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I will buy again

            By None

            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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful Strings, a Must Try!

              By AsianGuy97

              from New York

              About Me Novice

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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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The great vintage tone of the folk era!

              By RubyTuba

              from Park City, KS

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              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!

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tone And Feel

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

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

                I play a 1968 Ovation Glen Cambell guitar,full dreadnaught body with a solid spruce top.For a while I played Dean Markley Alchamy stings,13s to push the top harder for better tone.Picked these up for $8,the Markleys are $15.These are light easier to play and have a warm musical tone.Highly recomended.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful balanced tone

                By Slejhamer

                from Ashburn, VA

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

                I was doubtful that these strings would live up to the praise that appears in some reviews, yet they surpassed my expectations. The tone is warm and rich, well balanced across the set. I don't know how long they will last, but I definitely plan to buy them again. You can use these on non-folk guitars, too. I have them on a full-size dreadnought, spruce top and rosewood back & sides, and they really enhance the woody undertones. And to clarify what the reviewer from Baltimore wrote, there is also a Marquis version of the Silk & Steel strings, which has added silk at the ball end. It's not really appropriate to compare Marquis vs. Silks, since the Silks are available under the Marquis line.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                these are fine strings

                By tombob

                from athens, GA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

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

                  these are fine strings for someone who needs string that are a bit more flexible and softer to the touch thans regular phosphor Bronze strings. they are extra-lights and are not too loud. but they have a pleasing tone and are easy to play. good for beginners. With regular play, the tone goes away in about 2 weeks to my ears. but new? they sound just fine.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nothing beats the tone of these babies.

                  By Old man knows pickin"

                  from Branson MO

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                  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

                    My new go-to strings

                    By Jordon

                    from undisclosed

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                    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

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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:

                      I like these strings for my guitar

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Comfortable Compromise

                      By Steve

                      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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

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

                      By KKG in LA

                      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.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I love these strings

                        By Kn

                        from Mesquite TX.

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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

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            No Better string for Seagull Guitars

                            By SageOnyc

                            from Augusta GA

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            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.

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