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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

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MartinMEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Long life (8)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Clapton's great but DONT BUY THESE STRINGS!

I had high expectations on buying these strings when I saw Clapton's face on the box...Boy was I wrong! I was expecting that they would sound beautiful and last long. I put...Read complete review

I had high expectations on buying these strings when I saw Clapton's face on the box...Boy was I wrong! I was expecting that they would sound beautiful and last long. I put these strings on my guitar and yeah, the sound was alright but I have heard better definitely. The thing that really got to me about these strings however was the fact that they lasted me only a week! Most of the time a set can last me atleast a month at the least...not these. DONT BUY THESE STRINGS!

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5.0

Great

By Ralph

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    Excellent choice. My new favorite

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    5.0

    Great sounding strings!

    By Mick Dunsky

    from Boynton Beach, FL

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Tried these on a whim (good enough for Clapton,...), very happy that I did. Sound great on dreadnought-style acoustics, haven't experienced the rapid loss of tone that some other reviews have commented on. Highly reccommended.

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        5.0

        Best strings available

        By BobS

        from Latrobe, Pa

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Never had one "unwind" at the ball like others
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • EVERYTHING!
          • Practicing

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

          The only string for all my Guilds!

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          1.0

          It was a short honeymoon.....

          By You're killing me, Larry!

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          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

              By tulsabravo

              from Savannah, GA

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Tone Quality
                • Sounded Dead

                Best Uses

                  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

                  By Elbow Brown

                  from Atizona

                  About Me Professional Musician

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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

                    By BobA

                    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!

                      By OHLAMAN69

                      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!

                        By rjantn

                        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

                          By BobS

                          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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