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Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings

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A kinder, gentler string, ideal for vintage instruments

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

Martin M1400 Marquis Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings are specifically designed to give you excellent tone, clarity, and response. The Marquis silk-wrapped ball end helps reduce wear on the bridge and bridge plate, making them ideal for valuable, vintage instruments.

Martin Strings are high-quality strings for daily use. Core and wrap wires must meet strict requirements to make the grade. Martin Strings are wound to precise specifications.


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MartinM1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleasantly surprised

I've only recently picked up the guitar to try and learn it after having played other fretted stringed instruments for a while. My guitar is an older, 3rd-hand, no-name folk model, kind of...Read complete review

I've only recently picked up the guitar to try and learn it after having played other fretted stringed instruments for a while. My guitar is an older, 3rd-hand, no-name folk model, kind of beat up but still very playable and with what people will colorfully refer to as "character."

When I got it it was strung with these high-tension steel strings, and playing it was really hard. A guitar playing friend recommended I go with newer strings both for myself and to spare the guitar. He recommended Martins. I was skeptical, because I've played Martins on my uke and they were really poor. Still, I gave these a try and was really surprised at not only the comfort, but also the tone, depth, and volume. The best part is that since they are comparably low tension I'm not putting the extra strain on the guitar.

Take this for whatevery you think it's worth, but as a guitar n00b, I'd say you definitely could do worse.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Different Feel

Though these strings offer increased playability, what you gain in playabilit you loose in tone. I put these on two guitars. The result was, I lost the tonal quality and developed ratting on...Read complete review

Though these strings offer increased playability, what you gain in playabilit you loose in tone. I put these on two guitars. The result was, I lost the tonal quality and developed ratting on the frets that was not present previously. They give about the same feel and sound, you would get by putting steel electric strings on your acoustic. For a beginer they would be great. The playability allows for a very lite touch and string bending on an acoustic. These may be appealing to some guitarist, but the are not for me. I prefer the tone of brass on my guitars.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Martin Marquis Silk and Steel RULE!

By urtnod

from Wilmington Ohio

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Typical Martin quality which is great. Didn't sound new and tinny like most strings straight outta the pack. I'm on a mission to try as many Martin strings as possible before I expire. Always good bang for the buck.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Different Feel

      By N/A

      from Ohio

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Though these strings offer increased playability, what you gain in playabilit you loose in tone. I put these on two guitars. The result was, I lost the tonal quality and developed ratting on the frets that was not present previously. They give about the same feel and sound, you would get by putting steel electric strings on your acoustic. For a beginer they would be great. The playability allows for a very lite touch and string bending on an acoustic. These may be appealing to some guitarist, but the are not for me. I prefer the tone of brass on my guitars.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pleasantly surprised

          By Sifcell Le Noir

          from In SoCal, by the beach

          Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I've only recently picked up the guitar to try and learn it after having played other fretted stringed instruments for a while. My guitar is an older, 3rd-hand, no-name folk model, kind of beat up but still very playable and with what people will colorfully refer to as "character."

          When I got it it was strung with these high-tension steel strings, and playing it was really hard. A guitar playing friend recommended I go with newer strings both for myself and to spare the guitar. He recommended Martins. I was skeptical, because I've played Martins on my uke and they were really poor. Still, I gave these a try and was really surprised at not only the comfort, but also the tone, depth, and volume. The best part is that since they are comparably low tension I'm not putting the extra strain on the guitar.

          Take this for whatevery you think it's worth, but as a guitar n00b, I'd say you definitely could do worse.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fingerstylists Best Friend

          By Annette

          from Kentucky

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          Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I was a bit bummed when Martin discontinued their finger style strings and came out with those crappy FX strings. These Marquis folk strings are fantastic for instrumentals. They don't wear your hands out like other strings. As long as they don't discontinue these I'll be a happy picker. The best feature about these strings is the balance of tone you get and the volume isn't that bad either. Then again, if volume is what your looking for then I suggest you plug your guitar in and turn it up. Now if they last longer then a couple weeks then I'd say they are the holy grail of finger style strings.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Alternative to 80/20 and PB Strings

          By fastimes23

          from Tampa Bay Area

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          Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          These are great strings, hands down. Their tone is deeper or more mellow on the bass side. There's not the sharpness or brassiness you find with 80/20's or some Phosphor Bronze strings. I think some people confuse this with there being less volume. I strung my Zager ZAD-50 Dreadnaught with them and was very happy with the volume output compared to what some have suggested. These are easier on the fingers with their lower tension and should make string benders happy with their flexibility. These don't give you the traditional "twang" of traditional strings. These are great for those who want a more delicate nuances in their tone or a different colour than their buddies acoustic.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Strings

          By DJ

          from Paducah KY

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All the time

            Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Great strings I have used these strings for several years. I like the tone they produce for fingerstyle guitar. Nice mellow tone not bright and tinny. Will use again and again.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great strings.

            By Nonickname

            from Carmel Valley, CA

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              Was using M130 silk and steel then noticed my bridge pin area was wearing so I changed to these. Hope they make the bridge area last longer. Great sound. Easy to play too.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best strings for folk style picking.

              By Lew

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Make my vintage Martin ring.

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • \solo acoustic sets.

                Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I host a cowboy music show. I have used these strings for over 50 years. Change them about once every 2 months. Everyone loves the sound of my old Martin. I've tried other strings, but these work for me..Since they changed the name

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great strings

                By loudog

                from Louisiana

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Made in Mexico

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I recently got a Loar LO-216. The guitar needed a setup, which I can do myself and part of that was to change strings. Although 12-50 strings are recommended, I used these which are lighter gauge.
                After breaking them in, they have mellowed and made the action a bit lower and easier to play. I can't comment on longevity, since they've only been on for a week, but these are great strings for this guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best strings ever for acoustics

                By beachbum

                from st pete

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I have never heard strings allow such distinctive resonation. When I am doing some rather intermediate to fast paced finger picking, The individual string tones resonate very clearly. I think the steel silk combo doesn't over vibrate to where it all the tones blend over each other. I am impressed.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent

                  By Alex

                  from Iowa

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    I tried and all I can say is excellent. I was surprised with the base response and overall beautiful harmony.

                    I would still like to try Ernie Ball silk and steel, but for now these are good.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Finally found what I've been looking for

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    These strings don't produce the kind of volume many players are looking for, but for me, mostly just a living-room sofa picker, they're just fine. Very mellow, and far and away the most comfortable strings I've played. I really don't want anything else for fingerstyle. It's great that they're cheaper than other brands, but on the other hand, they don't last as long as some.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    All you have to do is try them...

                    By NewSwede-ufXNz

                    from Chicago / Sweden

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                    Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    A rather well known tech who was working on my acoustic (10 years ago) warned me if I didn't change the strng tension on my guitar, I'd have some derious problem in the future. Since it is my #1 acoustic and I love how it is set up, that would not do. He told me to try these because the tension was lower than that of a standard steel string set and man...all problems stopped there! The tone is exactly what I'm after and they feel great! I only wish they lasted a little longer but who doesn't. Give them a try. You'll love them. Of note: I now live in Sweden and found they are unheard of in Europe. You can order them but they cost about $15+ a set and must be ordered from Denmark.

                     
                    4.0

                    A very resonant sound... you give up some bass and volume...

                    By jim

                    from Cape Canaveral

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                    Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Love em

                     
                    5.0

                    Easier on the fingers

                    By Marty

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    I was looking for strings that didn't feel like cables under my fingers. I'm primarily an electric player used to playing on 10s and these strings are just perfect. The strings feel great and don't fill my hand.

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Nice Strings

                    By Critter

                    from Gaylord, Michigan

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                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Nice Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I like these strings so well that I just purchased 5 more sets for a few other guitars I have.

                         
                        5.0

                        Smooth

                        By Ricky

                        from undisclosed

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                        Comments about M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        Easy on my fingers, Smooth

                         
                        4.0

                        Good

                        By slo-blu

                        from VA

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Good quality at a good price.

                           
                          4.0

                          Good Value

                          By slo-blu

                          from VA

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            Good value for the price. They perform as advertised.

                             
                            5.0

                            Very Good Strings

                            By WestCoaster

                            from West Coast

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                            Comments about Martin M1400 Marquis Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            Yes, they are all they're cracked up to be ... easy on the fingers due to lower tension, and the sound is really mellow, not brassy like the bronze strings. Bass is good, midrange is good, and treble not too loud. A real alternative to the bronze age.

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