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Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Silky smooth sound and feel.

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Martin M200 12-String Folk Guitar Silk & Steel Round Wound Acoustic Strings are steel strings compound wound with silk on the lower strings. The silk makes 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 to make the grade. Martin guitar strings are wound to precise specifications.


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MartinM200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Long life (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stayed tuned

By Skip

from Citrus Springs, Florida

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Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've tried many strings over the years on my acoustic 12's and I still remember the 1st time using these Martins! They tuned up quick, easy and stayed that way! The sound and volume, whether finger-pickin' or straight, is superb. I really enjoy their feel; they're smooth and soft on the fingers and provide the right amount of tone-mix. I've yet to have one break and I have had a set on one of my guitars for over 6 months (that I play daily). Get a couple of sets right off - you'll be happy with um'....guaranteed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the perfect 12 string string

By Joe Blivion

from Kansas City, MO

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Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

Who doesn't think their 12 string would be better served with less tension on the neck? Bang, here's your strings. Bonus, easier on your fingers, too.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the best

By 12strings_rule

from Wausau, WI

Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I have played a custom-made Bozo 12-string for over 30 years. I put a Fishman active bridge pickup in it to take it public after a few years of hoarding it to myself. I've played a lot of places in the last 30 years, and it is very common for people to comment on the incredible sound of my guitar. I've used Martin Silk & Steel strings exclusively on this guitar because I find the soft side of the dynamic range and clarity impossible to match with all-metal strings. I typically use finger picks and love to highlight the the high string in the octave pairs with my thumb pick on gentler material. When volume is needed, though, these strings can put it out full and rich. If you've never experienced the verstility of silk & steel on a 12 string, you really are missing something.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin's still a leader in acoustic strings

By Stephen

from In Tennessee, between Memphis/Nashvill

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I've been pulling and bending strings for over forty five years. I made a conscious effort to utilize many various string types. But for some unknown reason I keep coming back to Martin's.I'm not exactly sure how many guitars I own now, but most have Martin strings. My 12 string guitars all have Martin silk and steel. I've got several of the mid to late 70's Alvarez 5021's, 5022's, and 5023's. With these older guitars you have less torque using silk and steel strings. Oh, by the way, I'm over sixty years old and the arthritis has found a home in both hands. These silk and steel strings are very easy on the hands. Most times now days, I enjoy the challenge of repairing acoustic guitars almost as much as playing. I've found guitars that use silk and steel or light strings almost never develop neck issues. If you've never used Martin silk and steel strings, pick up a couple of sets, sit back in that favorite chair, and install em' on your finest acoustic, and let yourself get lost in your playing, and double or triple your total practice times!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Belly relief

      By guitarpicker7

      from Ohio, lower left corner

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Reduced stress
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily use

        Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I found a late 1960s Yamaha 12-string acoustic at a garage for a ridiculous price, because it had a terrible belly, caused by light construction, general mistreatment, pressure from heavy strings, and poor humidification. I measured the belly-bump = almost a full inch! I cleaned it up, and began a slow process of re-humidification that lasted almost 8 months. I used home-made Zip-Lock snack bags with holes made by a hand punch, and new synthetic sponge material cut to fit. I wet the sponge and squeezed it out till the water wasn't dripping, slipped the packet into the sound hole and used painters tape to hold an old CD over the sound hole, then out it into a good case with tight-fitting lid. Checked every day and re-wet the sponge every day. After just a week, I found a big difference in the belly! I kept it up for 3 months before the top was flat. I did it for a long time longer, just to make sure it would be stable. When it was time to re-string, I had to consider using strings with less pressure. I remembered my early days, during the Folk Music Scare of the mid-1960s. I didn't know anyone still made Silk and Steel strings anymore! MF and Martin strings to the rescue! This Yamaha is rather delicately built for a 12-string = thin spruce top, thin bridge plate, and braces that are narrow and well-shaved. It has a deep booming sound when you thump the bridge. I've had the Martin strings on it for 3 months and it still plays and sounds great... so far, no sign of that belly bulge returning = I am also keep it well-humidified and it lives in that good case with those home-made humidifiers...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Trusted Silk and Steel 12 Strings

        By MusicfromFDR

        from Newport News, VA

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        Pros

        • Mellow Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          These strings are the ones I used most frequently on my Fishman-equipped Martin D12-1 (12-string) after I bought it new in 1996. The silk and steel helps with ease of playing, a definite asset when playing barre chords on a 12-string in standard tuning. The strings yield a sweet, mellow tone which impressed my sound guy who was initially skeptical about 12-strings. These strings have been a trusted friend for years.

           
          5.0

          work horse strings

          By a few too many

          from alpine, texas

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong
          • you may want to have a some extra high G strings

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • all performances

            Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            i get them in bulk every year's end

             
            5.0

            Great Prices, REALLY Great Customer Service

            By Howard

            from Elkridge, MD

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                This was my first order from Musician's Friend (2 sets of guitar strings). When I had a problem with the order(shipped promptly, but apparently misplaced en route by UPS), Musician's Friend customer service not only responded to my email inquiry right away, but sent out replacement strings with no questions asked.

                 
                5.0

                Dynamite! Very nice for what I needed on my 12.

                By Guy

                from Pittsburgh, PA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Great sound and easy on the fingers.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent--for certain applications

                  By Papa Charlie

                  from East Bridgewater MA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Shorter life than bronze wound strings.

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  12 string guitars are the "king" of guitars, and most players can NOT master them. One of the major problems in the vice grip left hand that is required to fight against the push back from the 12. I have been playing these for decades, and my all time favorite is the Guild F-212. I have one made in 1966 and have used it extensively. The secret is the strings. The light tension of these does the job nicely. They don't last a really long time. Once the silver plating begins to wear off, the tone and volume begin to head South. If you are having trouble with the action of your 12, try these-use "extra light gauge".

                   
                  5.0

                  Vintage

                  By slo-blu

                  from VA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Vintage sound.

                     
                    5.0

                    Worth the price!

                    By Bokeoyaji

                    from Milpitas, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Low Price

                    Cons

                    • Too new to say, if anything...

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Since I own three 12-string guitars and one (Takamine from ebay) never sounded all that great, even with the previous string change. So, I thought this was the one to get rid of. I bought the Silk and Steel to replace the worn out strings on this old Takamine, since it sounded terrible as is.

                    When the new set was installed and tuned up, the sound was soooo amazing! Well, compared to how it used to always sound. My other guitar is a Martin 12-string and it sounds beautiful. Well...with the Tak sounding so good, I just had to compare it with the Martin, but when I did, I couldn't really tell the difference in sound quality, other than the Martin sounded louder in volume.

                    Now, I'm not sure about selling the Tak.

                    Now, if you're reading this, it might sound like BS, so take it with a grain of salt, I'd say. All I know is that Tak never sounded all that great since I bought it used and now, the tone is no different than the Life-Span (15 bux) that are on the Martin.

                    That said, you'd have to consider the cost of the strings: 8, or 15 bux, where the slight difference (to me) is just the volume.

                    The only thing I wish is that it came as extra light.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Value

                    By Daniel

                    from undisclosed

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                    Pros

                    • Bright
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Solo Acoustic

                      Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I love these strings. They stay in tune better than the last set I had and sound fantastic. They took an ordinary 12-string and made it my new favorite guitar.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Strings. Great Price

                      By Chuck

                      from Colorado

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts

                        Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        First off, I'm not a fan of PhosBronze strings. Never have been, never will be. I've always preferred nickel, steel or Monel wound. My hands perspire when playing/performing and PhosBronzes just doesn't react well or last any time with my skin oils/perspiration. These Martins fit the ticket at a great price and can't be beat. They last longer than I'd expect for such a low cost string. I've used these on my 12 string for a long time. The 12 isn't my main instrument in our performances, but is used a couple of times during each set. Buy a set and you won't be disappointed.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great for accompanying voice!

                        By RubyTuba

                        from Park City, KS

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Silk and steel strings were the gold standard during the folk era of the 60s.

                          Their lush timbre, somewhere between steel and nylon strings, blends beautifully with vocals. They're especially nice on 12-strings. If you play a 12-string guitar and and sing. you owe it to yourself to try these.

                          The lower tension of the silk-wound strings makes them easier on your fingers, and the rounder, mellower bass has been music to a lot of people's ears for a lot of years.

                          There's a reason they never stopped making them - they do what they do better than any other string.

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy these strings again

                          By SMART

                          from Still River, MA

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            These extra light strings are good for performing. I'm currently using them to record. They have a great feel and nice sound! I'm very happy with them.

                             
                            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 M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              Good value for the price. They perform as advertized.

                               
                              4.0

                              Not a bad set of strings

                              By yeshuajesusworshipper

                              from Al

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                              • Strings Cut Finger Until
                              • Until Break-in

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                Price is great, great deep tone, it says it is extra light well it not, it is light, I use it for finger picking.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Love the product - Hated the Shipping

                                By adwizard

                                from san jose ca

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone
                                • Long Life
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                    Great product. Have been using for years. Bright sound. Easy on the fingers. Unfortunately, Musician's Friend has a lousy shipping method. Box arrived crushed and strings were bent.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    You have to give these strings a try!

                                    By Kencurrent

                                    from Columbus, Ohio

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Tone
                                    • Less Tension On Your Neck

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fingerpicking

                                      Comments about Martin M200 12-String Silk and Steel Custom Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                      I have always been impressed with the rich, mellow tone of these strings. When recording there is no problem keeping the dynamic range within a nice parameter (without any "jingley" highs or muddy bottom). For thier value and quality, you can't beat them!

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