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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)

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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 Charlie Brown

from Kansas City

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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 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

      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!

           
          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".

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