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Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light   

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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
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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86%

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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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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1.0

Not Great

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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:

      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:

        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:

          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:

            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:

              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:

                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

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

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

                  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:

                  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:

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

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My favorite

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                  from Wilmington, NC

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

                  I've tried many strings on my acoustic. To tell you the truth, just knowing they're "Eric Claptons" make me happy. It's some physiological thing for me. I am partial to martin strings, and must say these play smooth. Last just as long or longer than other non coated strings. They're worth a try, if you don't like them get something different. That's how these became my choice strings, I went through martins, ghs, d'addarios, elixrs and etc, and these caught my ear and fingers. Hope this helps

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