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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Martin MEC12 Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light  

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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 13 reviews)

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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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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

Eric Claptons lights are my pick

By blueboy 53

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 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Played guitar for 30 years.

    By Dominoe

    from Minneapolis

    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

    review

    By Jim

    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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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite

    By jtub116

    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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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Clapton's great but DONT BUY THESE STRINGS!

    By ba_1408

    from Greenville, WV

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

    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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    4.0

    alright strings

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

    these strings are okay, they have way too much treble for my tatse, chords on this thing sound horrible. the treble stays for about 2 months, after that they get duller, which is a good thing for me i guess.okay strings, wouldn't buy them again though.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best I've Tried

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

    I have these strings on two guitars, mediums on a Martin D-16, and lights on a Guild GAD-30R. Both were improved by the change, especially the Guild. Made the tone fatter and warmer, richer. Also they are reasonably priced, which is a big deal for most of us. They seem easier on my fingers than some others, too, and seem to hold tuning better.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Clapton Signatures

    By sth550

    from Da U.P.

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

    These are only my third set of strings on my guitar (the first two were Martin Marquis Extra-Light), but I think that I will continue to use them. They sound amazing months after I put them on. They're half the price of Elixirs, and they're worth every cent.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Uncle Boog

    By Uncle Boog

    from Las Vegas Nuevo Mexico

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

    The write up said the tonal quality of these strings was warm. I bought the hype and put these on my Martin D1. As it turns out, it wasn't hype at all. These sound great. Most other strings I've tried sound way too up-with-people cheerful. These are clear, warm, and fat. Lots of body and depth. Strings are what we use to translate the sound of our wooden instruments so arguably they are only a means to an end. Many strings I've tried ring like a church bell and for me, something gets lost in that translation. I think its called wood. Going to switch up and try the mediums next time.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally the One!

    By ProfAyers

    from Grove City, PA

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

    I had been looking for just the right strings for my Martin D15-Rosewood. Knew from Martin Company that the guitar was made for 12's (heavier will screw up the top). Tried different ones -- looking for brightness with even balance from bass to treble, and each string having its own "voice." Wanted to be able to afford changing them regularly, too. I tried these and have never looked back -- they are all I use on that particular guitar now. These are not the same as Martin's other phosphor bronze strings -- they really are different. They also do not go dull very quickly -- last well for uncoated.

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