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Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings   

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Clapton's Choice acoustic guitar strings are engineered for an abundance of clear, warm tone with a brightness that delivers expressiveness and highl...Read More

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Strings that deliver the performance Eric Clapton demands, live or in the studio!

Clapton's Choice acoustic guitar strings are engineered for an abundance of clear, warm tone with a brightness that delivers expressiveness and highlights individual style. These phosphor bronze strings feature a 92/8 blend and classic Martin quality for hour after hour of enjoyable, toneful play.

"When I play acoustic guitar, whether in a studio or on stage, these Martin Strings are my choice. They deliver the sound that I demand." - Eric Clapton

Gauges: 12-16-25-32-42-54


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MartinMEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Practicing (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Martin & Clapton can't get better than that

I bought a set of these for my Taylor814-CE, which I normally use D'Addario EXP lights on, and have been glad I did. The strings are silky and do not have much...Read complete review

I bought a set of these for my Taylor814-CE, which I normally use D'Addario EXP lights on, and have been glad I did. The strings are silky and do not have much in the way of noise when playing. Plus the price being half that of the EXP's you do not loose in the way of tone. When I first put the strings on I thought they where too bright, and almost changed them out the same day. But after playing them for a day or so they just got better and better. So far they've been on my 814-CE for about a month and they still sound pretty good, and just to let you know I play that guitar along with several others at least an hour a day. I'll be putting these strings on my Taylor 710, along with my Laguna LG6-RW and Takamine Koa as soon as the strings on those guitars need replacing.I have been a fan of both Martin Strings and D'Addario strings for years switching back and forth between the two, and will probably keep doing that for awhile, but all things considered it looks like I might have found a new standard set string for my acoustics. Both the light and the medium sets.

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It was a short honeymoon.....

I wanted to like them. Once on my Taylor 816ce, they stretched perfectly in tune and were a bit tinnier than expected, but still a clear ringing tone. After two hours of on...Read complete review

I wanted to like them. Once on my Taylor 816ce, they stretched perfectly in tune and were a bit tinnier than expected, but still a clear ringing tone. After two hours of on and off playing, they were lifeless. Your best bet would be to have your guitar freshly strung with these, get in your studio takes ASAP, and remember what they once sounded like in the recording. I'm sticking with my D'Addario EXP16's.

At least they were cheap with the Stupid Deal.

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1.0

It was a short honeymoon.....

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from los angeles

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I wanted to like them. Once on my Taylor 816ce, they stretched perfectly in tune and were a bit tinnier than expected, but still a clear ringing tone. After two hours of on and off playing, they were lifeless. Your best bet would be to have your guitar freshly strung with these, get in your studio takes ASAP, and remember what they once sounded like in the recording. I'm sticking with my D'Addario EXP16's.

      At least they were cheap with the Stupid Deal.

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      1.0

      Not Great

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      from Savannah, GA

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality
        • Sounded Dead

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          Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          It may be because I use humidifiers in the soundholes of my guitars, but I thought these strings sounded dead almost immediately after I put them on. So disappointed.

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          5.0

          Perfect sound for my Martin 000

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          from Atizona

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Great deal. Could not pass it up. I think I'll order some more!

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            5.0

            Best strings ever

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            from Trenton, NJ

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I play a lot of country and these strings sound great on my Martin. I don't think Eric Clapton would endorse an inferior product.

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              5.0

              Great strings, great price!

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              from MIAMI, FL

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Another great deal from Musicians Friend! Thanks!

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                5.0

                Great strings! EXCELLENT price!

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                from Nashville, TN

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  EXCELLENT value for the price. I really like Elixir strings and also Martin's coated strings but can't afford to use them on everything all the time. I do set ups and like to experiment with different gauges to find the sweet spot for the guitar I'm working on. These sound awesome and are priced right!

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                  5.0

                  Good quality strings

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                  from Latrobe, Pa

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Strings are strings right? Well even though there are a limited number of string makers but a gazillion strings out there, these just fit right in there as a very consistent string. The tone is good and they last. I use them on all my Guilds from jumbo to parlor and they sound great on all.

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                    5.0

                    Eric Claptons lights are my pick

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                    from Northwest Georgia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I have tried other strings but now my choice is "Eric Claptons light" durable and long lasting sweet mellow sound love it yea.

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                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Played guitar for 30 years.

                      Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      Will be trying D'Addarios along with Ernie Balls, they can't be worse than the MECs! Don't know why Clapton would use these strings, although I suppose he changes strings everyday. If you can do that, then these strings do have a nice tone coming right out of the package. But that is gone almost overnight.
                      I only rated these strings this high because they were bright and lively right out of the package. After one week of playing they were dull and needed to be changed.
                      Not worth the price. I've played Martins forever on my D-35, but have given up on them. They are overpriced, and overrated.
                      Too expensive for an average string. I've had it with the Martin strings.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

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                      from bristol,pa.

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                      Comments about Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      very good quality
                      Great strings good sound and last long time.

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