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Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings

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Excellent sound and longevity with a silky feel.

Gauges 11-14-24-38.

Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings feature a composition bronze alloy for brilliance, clarity, and longevity of sound. The bronze winding is ideally suited for making strings that have deep, rich basses and clear, bright trebles.

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

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

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MartinM450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings
 
3.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Long life (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stays sounding good for awhile!

I bought these strings after being really frustrated with D'Addario 10s, the E strings snapped within a few days of use.Martins are MUCH more durable. And much easier on the fingers in my...Read complete review

I bought these strings after being really frustrated with D'Addario 10s, the E strings snapped within a few days of use.Martins are MUCH more durable. And much easier on the fingers in my opinion... and these are 11s! I have now had a Martin Bluegrass set in for about 3 months! (granted its not ideal to leave them in that long, but my point is, they last!)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fix for the E string breaking

Brand new to mandolin, but have been playing guitar for almost 15 years and have never had a set of strings break while tuning them up.

Three sets of E...Read complete review

Brand new to mandolin, but have been playing guitar for almost 15 years and have never had a set of strings break while tuning them up.

Three sets of E strings let go at the binding on the loop end. I could get the string up to B/C/D (took 2 days to tune the last one up that high) but no further before the binding tie after the twisting by the loop end would slip, and collapse the loop. I went through 3 packs of E strings before I figured out a very low-tech solution: stretch the tar out of them while tuning.

After I got the strings tensioned enough to stay on the tuner and the tailpiece pegs, I grabbed the strings as close to the bridge and the nut as I could, then lifted the string up about an 1 to 1 1/2 inch up off the fretboard. Then I'd relax the string back down, push down or pull a little on the string between the nut and the tuning peg, raise the pitch of the string until it started getting tense, then repeated the process. I stretched each string 3 or 4 times this way and voila! success. Maybe 15 minutes to install, stretch, and tune both strings.

Wish I had thought of it sooner. Hope it helps someone else having problems with the E strings breaking/malfunctioning.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stays sounding good for awhile!

By NickGreen91

from Orange County, CA

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Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

I bought these strings after being really frustrated with D'Addario 10s, the E strings snapped within a few days of use.Martins are MUCH more durable. And much easier on the fingers in my opinion... and these are 11s! I have now had a Martin Bluegrass set in for about 3 months! (granted its not ideal to leave them in that long, but my point is, they last!)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Ma;y be good

By William Notro

from New York state

Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

the strings sound great however since this is the first time I am using these I would like to point out that I am not very happy with the E strings. One broke while being tuned. ;It did not break by the tuner but rather in the middle of the strintg. I will see how the rest of the strings work out.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Garbage

By Jordan Muse

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

Wasn't able to install all strings - see quality review
The G, D and A strings installed perfectly. I then went through two packs of high E's, breaking every one. They didn't unwind at the loop, they snapped in the middle. Could be a quality control problem but to have this happen in two packs was very frustrating. I won't be buying Martin strings again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin Mandolin strings

By jene

from Los Lunas New Mexico

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

    These string do what I need and do kit very good
    for My money they are the best

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great strings

    By bill

    from jacksonville, florida

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

      good quality sounding strings, will buy again

       
      2.0

      Questionable Quality

      By davidicus

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Affordable

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy
      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

      Good thing I picked up a couple sets to test, because I snapped a string putting it on. Thing is, I raise an eyebrow when it breaks at the loop.

      So, buy a few.

       
      2.0

      Fix for the E string breaking

      By Preacherzson

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

        Brand new to mandolin, but have been playing guitar for almost 15 years and have never had a set of strings break while tuning them up.

        Three sets of E strings let go at the binding on the loop end. I could get the string up to B/C/D (took 2 days to tune the last one up that high) but no further before the binding tie after the twisting by the loop end would slip, and collapse the loop. I went through 3 packs of E strings before I figured out a very low-tech solution: stretch the tar out of them while tuning.

        After I got the strings tensioned enough to stay on the tuner and the tailpiece pegs, I grabbed the strings as close to the bridge and the nut as I could, then lifted the string up about an 1 to 1 1/2 inch up off the fretboard. Then I'd relax the string back down, push down or pull a little on the string between the nut and the tuning peg, raise the pitch of the string until it started getting tense, then repeated the process. I stretched each string 3 or 4 times this way and voila! success. Maybe 15 minutes to install, stretch, and tune both strings.

        Wish I had thought of it sooner. Hope it helps someone else having problems with the E strings breaking/malfunctioning.

         
        2.0

        E string unwinding @ C or D#

        By Preacherzson

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

          Purchased these strings to replace the stock strings on a Rogue RM100 A style Mandolin and the G, D, and A strings worked fine. Unfortunately, the E strings haven't worked out...at all. They tune up to C or D, then then binding down by the loop end lets go.

          Started tuning them up 1 at a time. Even though I've never had new strings break when tuning up a guitar, I know nothing about mandolins. Since I am a complete mandolin novice (but longtime acoustic guitar player) I thought I was probably doing something wrong. So I opened up another set, grabbed an E string and started over. Same result. So started over but this time took 2 days to try bring it up to pitch. Made it to a slightly sharp D, but same result. The binding end slipped.

          Poked around the forums at Fret, mando cafe, etc. and got a tuner app with the frequency readout to make sure I wasn't tuning an octave too high, and still the same result.

          I suppose it could be a defect in the instrument, but having the same issue happen with 3 packs of strings renders me unable to recommend or trust this product.

           
          4.0

          I like em

          By Abe

          from Berkeley

          Pros

          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

          • No Automatic Installation

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

            I used to break a lot of mandolin strings - I use heavy picks and sometimes have to strum with a lot of force to get as much volume as possible. I switched to these strings which have a heavier gauge than the ones I used previouslly - for my purposes these are fine. I rarely break a string now.

             
            4.0

            Real good for the money

            By rw

            from Tidewater VA

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

              These strings sound fine on my A model instrument. The hold a pitch, sound good long after the calendar says change them. I'll keep buying these.

               
              5.0

              Nice strings - Great sound and feel

              By aspenleaf

              from Colorado Rockies

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                These strings sound and feel good. They're the prefect gauge for me, not so light that they lose tone or feel floppy.
                I use GHS Fast Fret with them and they keep their tone for a long time.

                 
                4.0

                good for the price

                By Lefty

                from Otway, Oh.

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                  easy to tune. stays in tune

                   
                  5.0

                  Darker sound than j74s on my Mandolin

                  By james richmond

                  from The Valley of Lost souls

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Mellow

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                    Prefer the tone when installed on a Gitano F style Mandolin over The most popular Mandolin string

                     
                    5.0

                    Great All Around Strings

                    By MercenaryMusician

                    from Raleigh, NC

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                      I use these on my 1970's Aria F Style as my primary Bluegrass Mandolin. Nice even tone and good volume on the chop. They stabilize quickly and hold tune well.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Bad

                      By Jakeypoo2

                      from Ohio

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                          I'm not usually picky about strings or anything, so I bought these. Turns out that both e strings snapped while changing the strings. Not very happy

                           
                          5.0

                          Just what my mandolin has been yearning

                          By JimmyJ

                          from Way up North

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                            I really like these strings! They seem to last longer than cheaper Martin strings that I have tried, and have great tone and punch. I play bluegrass, and they get the job done. I am new to mandolin (guitarist), and there are probably just as good or better strings out there, but it will be a while before I go looking for them. I'm going to lay in a supply...

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Good strings, and cheap

                            By The Offshore Accounts

                            from China

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                            Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                            These are a good set of strings.

                             
                            5.0

                            martin bluegrass mandolin strings

                            By mark barnett

                            from West Virginia

                            Comments about Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings:

                            Very smooth strings allowed for quick chord changes and smooth scale runs.
                            The Martin M450 80/20 bluegrass strings give an amazing sound and allow for very easy playing, especially for beginning mandolin players.
                            Amazing strings at an amazing price

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