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Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings  

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Gauges 11-14-24-38.Martin M450 80/20 Bronze Bluegrass Acoustic Mandolin Strings feature a composition bronze alloy for brilliance, clarity, and longe...Read More

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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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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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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.

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2.0

Fix for the E string breaking

By Preacherzson

from Boston, MA

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

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.

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    2.0

    E string unwinding @ C or D#

    By Preacherzson

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Novice

    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.

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      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.

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        4.0

        Real good for the money

        By austinrick

        from Virginia

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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.

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          5.0

          Nice strings - Great sound and feel

          By aspenleaf

          from Colorado Rockies

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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            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

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              5.0

              Darker sound than j74s on my Mandolin

              By james richmond

              from The Valley of Lost souls

              About Me Professional Musician

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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

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                5.0

                Great All Around Strings

                By MercenaryMusician

                from Raleigh, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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.

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                  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

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