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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.

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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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MartinMM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (23)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Long life (9)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (4)

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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5.0

I'll be going Retro.

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from VA

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Resonant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I really like these strings on both my acoustics. On my mahogany Washburn beater, these strings really opened up the sound of the guitar and are much louder than the strings I was using previously. On my rosewood Breedlove, the strings really interact with the tone woods of the guitar and produce a crisp warm woody tone. I much prefer them over the strings I tried so far and plan to keep using them.

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    5.0

    My new favorite Strings

    By 

    from Woodstock, GA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I've used the Retros on two guitars, both Martin OOs, one all mahogany, the other spruce/mahogany and I'm overjoyed w/ the tone, response and volume of the Retros. I did one guitar about two months ago and the string still sound like I put them on yesterday. Excellent product.

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        5.0

        The Way to Go

        By 

        from Alabama

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          In the move to get more of a woody tone from high end guitars, monel alloy wraps have come back into the limelight. I have a great guitar that can be called a "cut through" axe because of its emphasis on highs. These strings balance it out and cause me to hear a warmer tone from it. They have a little bit of sparkle but not much, so you get good fundamental tones.

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          4.0

          Unique Strings

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          from The Mountain State

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These strings have a strong fundamental sound that works well when the usual phosphor bronze or 80/20 strings don't do the trick. I have had good results using them on a mahogany bodied Masterbilt, an old rosewood Martin dread, and a Rainsong jumbo.

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              5.0

              Martin Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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              from Buffalo, NY

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Great sounding strings...They settle in easy and feel good under the fingers...

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                  5.0

                  Definitely Different

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                  from Aspen, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      Wasn't sure at first, but the more I play them the more I like them. These strings definitely warm up the guitar's tone and seem to be a little easier on the fingers although I don't know why. A little strange at first as they look just like nickle electric strings.

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                      5.0

                      My new favorite strings

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                      from Windsor

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Smoothe feel,
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          I have these on a Martin 000-18 and am very pleased with the tone, playability, sustain, and long life.

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                          5.0

                          Definitely worth a try.

                          By 

                          from West Chester, PA

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • String Squeak

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          I'm on my second set of these. They made me fall even more in love with my 000-28. To me, they almost give it the presence of a full sized dread or maybe just a more opened up guitar. They're a bit much out of the box, but they quickly even out to a full rich woody tone. My only complaint is that they seem to be prone to loud string squeak moving up and down the neck so they might not track well unless you compensate for that. I'll definitely be purchasing these again.

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                          5.0

                          Smooth sound

                          By 

                          from Smyrna, TN

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Martin MM12 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

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                              from East Coast,NJ

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Fundamental Tone
                              • Good Tone
                              • Smooth Feel

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Couch Playing

                                Comments about Martin MM12 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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