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Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054Martin Retro strings are crafted from a long-lasting proprietary nickel based alloy blend that mellows quickly t...Read More

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Brings out the unique, woody sounds in your acoustic guitar.

Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054

Martin Retro strings are crafted from a long-lasting proprietary nickel based alloy blend that mellows quickly to a warm vintage tone that brings out the unique, woody sounds in your acoustic guitar.


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Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Long life (5)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (8)
    • Practicing (7)
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      • Experienced (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very good sounding strings.

    I put these strings on my J45 when a set of Martin Lifespan needed changing. I did not know what to expect.

    These strings are very good sounding and have a...Read complete review

    I put these strings on my J45 when a set of Martin Lifespan needed changing. I did not know what to expect.

    These strings are very good sounding and have a really good feel. Even through the tension runs about the same as the Martin Lifespans, these feel easier to bend.

    The strings have a really nice woody tone, almost smoky. Not dull or muffled sounding at all.

    I cannot speak to longevity at this point.

    I usually use the Martin Lifespan or John Pearse, and sometimes DR Sunbeams. I would put the RETRO strings up there as far as tone and playability.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great size for drop tuning!

    Straight out of the pack they have a harsh tone that quickly subdues. The sound is warm and very open but a bit stuck in the midrange. They actually do have a soft feeling...Read complete review

    Straight out of the pack they have a harsh tone that quickly subdues. The sound is warm and very open but a bit stuck in the midrange. They actually do have a soft feeling which I like a lot, great for playing with all fingers. They last quite a bit longer than uncoated phosphor bronze but still not close to the lifespan of a coated set.

    I don't like the sound of these playing in the higher range of my guitar, they seem to lack some depth and the harmonics aren't nearly as vivid. I would recommend anyone to give these a try at the price I paid. Looking again I'm finding out the regular price is 4x what I paid! They don't last nearly as long as coated bronze even though they're the same price so unless you already know you love the tone and the tone is worth the price to you I would avoid these.

    I prefer the more dynamic tone of phosphor bronze.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smooth sound

    By Millard F. Hoidlehauser, Esq.

    from Smyrna, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I normally use Martin E.C.'s Choice on my Martin, which I really like because of the mid to upper tonal quality. The Retro Series is something else altogether. The tone is smooth and even. I like this sound and will continue to use these strings.

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        5.0

        Martin Retros

        By rumblefish

        from East Coast,NJ

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fundamental Tone
        • Good Tone
        • Smooth Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Couch Playing

          Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I have these strings on my jim dandy parlor guitar. replaced the ej16's that it came with. the ej's were to jangly for my own taste. once the retro's settled down, they have a really sweet fundamental, that's something I like. I've always enjoyed the sound of martin strings, especially these retro's. only time will tell if they're durable.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Over-all Tone

          By Superboogie

          from IOWA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            These strings have a nice, over-all tone,and seem to keep that tone longer- for strings that are not coated. I have changed my preference to these strings after using them for two changes. I will see how they last and maintain quality as time goes on.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great size for drop tuning!

            By Mark

            from Georgia

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            Pros

            • Easier To Bend
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Straight out of the pack they have a harsh tone that quickly subdues. The sound is warm and very open but a bit stuck in the midrange. They actually do have a soft feeling which I like a lot, great for playing with all fingers. They last quite a bit longer than uncoated phosphor bronze but still not close to the lifespan of a coated set.

                I don't like the sound of these playing in the higher range of my guitar, they seem to lack some depth and the harmonics aren't nearly as vivid. I would recommend anyone to give these a try at the price I paid. Looking again I'm finding out the regular price is 4x what I paid! They don't last nearly as long as coated bronze even though they're the same price so unless you already know you love the tone and the tone is worth the price to you I would avoid these.

                I prefer the more dynamic tone of phosphor bronze.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Strings

                By Country Dave

                from Locust Grove, Oklahoma

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  These strings made my D-28 sound like one from the 30's, rich deep low end and stinging highs, made me feel like I was performing with Bill Monroe, buy them, you will never use anything else.

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                  5.0

                  New Strings

                  By BH

                  from Windsor Ca.

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Just put these on my 000-18 and I am loving the tone, slick un coated feel, and playability.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very good sounding strings.

                    By Mike R.

                    from West Trenton, NJ

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I put these strings on my J45 when a set of Martin Lifespan needed changing. I did not know what to expect.

                      These strings are very good sounding and have a really good feel. Even through the tension runs about the same as the Martin Lifespans, these feel easier to bend.

                      The strings have a really nice woody tone, almost smoky. Not dull or muffled sounding at all.

                      I cannot speak to longevity at this point.

                      I usually use the Martin Lifespan or John Pearse, and sometimes DR Sunbeams. I would put the RETRO strings up there as far as tone and playability.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Martin Retro Series Strings

                      By All for the Kingdom

                      from Springfield, MO

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Intonation
                      • Good Tone
                      • Soft Feel

                      Cons

                      • Not Great For Fingerstyle

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      This is the first set of the Retro Series strings I've tried. I like the tone and the soft feel for fingerstyle playing. I thought the strings made a
                      bit too much noise when playing with my fingernails.
                      Not as quiet as some strings.
                      My only real negative comment is about the customer service at Musician's Friend. When you order strings, why can't they tell you up front that the strings are on back order, instead of finding out after the fact, after the order is completed. Then you get an email saying, "Sorry, the strings you ordered are on back order." Took a month to finally arrive.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The best string that I have ever used

                      By Mr. Bluegrass

                      from Southern Il.

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          I have been playing gospel and bluegrass since 1964 and I have used about every brand of strings. The retro seems to bring more out of Martin guitars than any other string that I have used

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Retro Rave Review

                          By Wiltz

                          from North Carolina

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              My 2001 Martin D-18 has NEVER sounded better.

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