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Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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    Excellent sound and longevity with a silky feel.

    Gauges 10-14-23-30-39-47.

    Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Round Wound Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings employ a composition alloy to give brilliance, clarity, and longevity of sound. The bronze winding is ideally suited for making strings that have deep, rich basses and clear, bright trebles.

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    • Bronze alloy for brilliance and long life
    • Great price
    • Studio-quality performance

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    MartinM170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
     
    4.5

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (28)
    • Consistent (23)
    • Well built / quality (17)
    • Long life (15)

    Cons

    • Poor tone quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (24)
    • Back-up (12)
    • Concerts (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (31), Novice (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Love Extra Light Strings

    I love extra light strings for acoustic guitar, and Martin extra light M170 strings are a great value.

    I practice on electric quite a bit because it's pretty quiet without...Read complete review

    I love extra light strings for acoustic guitar, and Martin extra light M170 strings are a great value.

    I practice on electric quite a bit because it's pretty quiet without an amp (so I can practice while watching TV for example), and the standard 9-42 gauge Super Slinky strings are easy to manipulate. Regular light acoustic strings feel like suspension bridge cables to me and are extremely hard to press - plus they put more pressure on my guitar's bridge and neck.

    Even these Martin M170 strings aren't as light as the ones that came on my El Cheapo Silvertone beginner's acoustic, but they're the lightest I've been able to find and the price makes them a very good value.

    My new Zager acoustic came with the same gauge strings as the M170 and it is very easy to play and has great sound with plenty of volume. So you don't need heavier strings to get volume.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for me

    Not a terrible string. These strings are weak on sound/tone & some of this is due to the lighter gauge which I expected some loss but it was more than expected....Read complete review

    Not a terrible string. These strings are weak on sound/tone & some of this is due to the lighter gauge which I expected some loss but it was more than expected. They do seem to be strong & they don't sound bad, they are just weak on output. I will probably try the light gauge next time instead of these extra light. It really depends on the type of music you play & your style as Martin does make quality strings but these are not really for me.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jim

    By Jim Whiting

    from Baltimore, Maryland

    Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Overall, these are nice strings...I like the playability and crisp tone. The only negative is that you have to change them more frequently. That's a good trade-off, though.
    I've been using the Marin M170's for about six years now and, no matter how I try, I can't find another string that works as well for acoustic guitar. They are bright, "phat", responsive, and have good overall tone. The only negative that I've found is that you have to change them a little more frequently; but at the price, that's not too painful.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love Extra Light Strings

    Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I love extra light strings for acoustic guitar, and Martin extra light M170 strings are a great value.

    I practice on electric quite a bit because it's pretty quiet without an amp (so I can practice while watching TV for example), and the standard 9-42 gauge Super Slinky strings are easy to manipulate. Regular light acoustic strings feel like suspension bridge cables to me and are extremely hard to press - plus they put more pressure on my guitar's bridge and neck.

    Even these Martin M170 strings aren't as light as the ones that came on my El Cheapo Silvertone beginner's acoustic, but they're the lightest I've been able to find and the price makes them a very good value.

    My new Zager acoustic came with the same gauge strings as the M170 and it is very easy to play and has great sound with plenty of volume. So you don't need heavier strings to get volume.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Strings!

    By The Dangmaster

    from Wilmington, DE

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    Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I've used all types of strings over the years, and while things like elixers sound amazing, these are great at a fraction of the price. You can afford to change these strings alot more frequently! anyway, they are extremely bright and comfortable, pick em up and try em out!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great string good price

    By pageman

    from St Louis, MO

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    Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I buy these strings all the time, i own 5 acoustic guitars so having plenty of strings on hand that I can afford is a must. Great value, very good strings

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Love these strings

    By Tom Harris

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    These strings wont wipe out the bank. They feel great and have beautiful sound.
    I have used these style strings for years. And I love them.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Original strings on my Martin steel string Backpacker

    By Nonickname

    from Carmel Valley, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      These are the strings that originally came on my 2000 Martin Backpacker guitar. I tried some other extra light strings but plan to keep using these on this particular guitar. They sound pretty good on this little guitar which sometimes sounds like a banjo. Low tension makes them easy to play too.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Favorite Strings

      By T

      from Flat Rock,NC

      About Me Novice

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      Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      These are really my favorite strings.I have tried several different brands most costing more and yet I keep coming back to Martin extra light.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great bottom end

      By Britune

      from West Virginia

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Great Bottom End
      • Not TOO bright

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I like these strings. They have a nice bottom end and are not too bright like the phosphor bronze. I always put on a new set before I record acoustic guitar. I use the lighter gauge for live shows and practicing. I use the medium gauge for recording. The heavier gauge strings sound fatter for recording. I wished their magic tone lasted longer. But like most acoustic strings, after a few days, they start to lose that new magic. Always put on new strings before you record.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Martin M170 Acoustic Strings - A Great Value

          By MAINFRAME

          from Naples, Florida

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          Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I play a lot of outside gigs by the Gulf of Mexico and the salty ocean breeze air really takes a toll on any brand of strings. I've tried the more expensive strings but no matter what, after a couple of gigs I need to change them out. For inside gigs, they seem to last about twice as long. I'm extremely happy with these Martin Strings and would highly recommend them to anyone that wants to sound good all the time without breaking the piggy bank. I also used these same strings on each of my songs on my JERRY CHIAPPETTA, JR., CHANGING TIMES CD.
          I play a lot of outside gigs by the Gulf of Mexico and the salty ocean breeze air really takes a toll on any brand of strings. I've tried the more expensive strings but no matter what, after a couple of gigs I need to change them out. For inside gigs, they seem to last about twice as long. I'm extremely happy with these Martin Strings and would highly recommend them to anyone that wants to sound good all the time without breaking the piggy bank. I also used these same strings on each of my songs on my JERRY CHIAPPETTA, JR., CHANGING TIMES CD.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent value and quality

          By Keith

          from Bristol RI

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performance
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Very good value & quality

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not for me

            By Kip

            from Hondo, NM

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Poor Tone Quality
            • Weak sound/tone

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Not a terrible string. These strings are weak on sound/tone & some of this is due to the lighter gauge which I expected some loss but it was more than expected. They do seem to be strong & they don't sound bad, they are just weak on output. I will probably try the light gauge next time instead of these extra light. It really depends on the type of music you play & your style as Martin does make quality strings but these are not really for me.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Strings at a Great Price

            By George

            from North Carolina

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I ordered two sets of these strings for replacements when needed on my Sigma flat-top guitar. But I just bought an Ibanez Expressionist arch-top which came with flat wound strings that felt like I was playing steel cables. I replaced those with these on the Ibanez against a friends advice and I was pleasantly surprised at the result. They sound great and feel great. I don't know how long they will last yet, but they don't cost much, so that's not a big problem.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good strings, nice, bright sound.

            By Buddy J Stroup

            from Hattiesburg, MS

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I use these strings on both of my acoustic guitars and even use them on my two solid bridge electrics. They have a great sound to them, and shine well with my play style. I usually keep a few new sets around for just in case I have a breakage during detuned sessions or over zealous playing, but they still usually last around four to six months of aggressive string attacks with a pick. Definately worth the money in my opinion.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Wonderful for young players and more!

              By rtdub92

              from Paris, Texas

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              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Good For Begginers
              • Good For Younger Players
              • Strong
              • Very bright

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Begginers
                • Smaller Guitars
                • Very Bright Tone
                • Very Bright Tone Lovers
                • Young Players

                Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I bought these for a ~13 year old student of mine, for what appears to be a 1/2 size guitar, they are much easier to play for her than the more common gauges.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great sound and easy playing

                By JWT

                from shreveport La.

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Very playable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Well i tried the light they were too heavy hurt my hand and fingers at the end of gig, but the extra lights
                  are perfect and still they keep good tone

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent value, great playing quality.

                  By MI

                  from Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Play
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Very Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I have used these for years and I highly recommend them.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Fingerstyle Playing

                      By Danno

                      from MA

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        Makes it easier to play syncopated melodies off of barre chords, and minimizes wear and tear on your fingers during long practices.
                        I had to slightly tighten the neck rod in order to firm up the action.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great strings

                        By SoundMan

                        from North Mississippi

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                        Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I use them exclusively
                        Really good value and really good strings
                        Hold up very well.
                        Solid value. No better for the money

                         
                        5.0

                        Bought these for many years

                        By Bob J

                        from Tampa Bay area

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts

                          Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Bought a Taylor 110ce and it just didn't want to play as well as my other Taylor. I switched out the heavier strings for these and now the sound jumps out. The lighter gauge is a lot easier on my fingers too. Nice bright tone...hope you like them too.

                           
                          5.0

                          Really nice Strings

                          By Woody

                          from Lake Linden Michigan

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                          Pros

                          • Bright tone really impressive
                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Martin M170 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            Have my Acoustic set up with low action and Brass bridge pins with Bone nuts. These give that bright tone I'm looking for. Seem to hold tune very well even straight out of the package. with little stretch, Impressive.

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