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Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054Martin’s proprietary Nickel/Copper alloy blend wrap wire provides for a reduced pick attack and allows the guita...Read More

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Brings out your guitar's true voice.

Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054

Martin’s proprietary Nickel/Copper alloy blend wrap wire provides for a reduced pick attack and allows the guitar’s tonewoods to be heard, not overshadowed. It offers a uniquely mellow, yet crisp, sound. Martin’s wrap is a solid Nickel/Copper blend, not nickel-plated, meaning there is no chance for defects to allow for corrosion. Martin's proprietary wrap is naturally strong and corrosion-resistant, so much so that it has been used in the propeller of dreadnought battleships and various machinery and tooling applications.


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MartinMM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (33)
  • Consistent (19)
  • Long life (14)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (16)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (12)

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

Love These Strings!!

By John

from Troy, NY

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Put these on my Blueridge 000 as an experiment. Loved the way the strings got out of the way of the guitar's tone. I felt like the guitar was not just a vehicle for the sound of the strings, but just the opposite. Plus, they felt and played great. Excellent tuning stability. Ordered two more sets and couldn't wait for them to arrive. Slapped them on my Gibsons, a J-45 and J-100). Wonderful!! Again, the sound of the guitar coming through. Never buying anything else.

     
    5.0

    Great Sounding Strings

    By Thomas

    from North Carolina

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I had been wanting to try a set of these monel strings on my Martin D-16. I am not disappointed. They have great mellow tone. Time will tell about string life.

       
      4.0

      Very nice on all mahogany parlor

      By Barking Dog

      from Central Virginia

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          After seeing a beautiful demo on YouTube with these retros on a Martin 000-15m, I decided to give them a try on my all mahogany Ibanez AVN5-OPN. As others have commented, they are (like many new strings) a bit too bright and squeaky when first installed. But they settle in very nicely in 2-3 days. They really bring out the best in this parlor guitar. The tone is quite sweet and clear. Even much of the squeakiness (from sliding fingers) has eased up. Maybe not for all my guitars, but I will definitely continue to buy these for this 25" 12-fret guitar. Nice!

           
          4.0

          Nice bass response

          By gwags76

          from Pittsburgh,Pa

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I put these on my Tak Tan16c because I haven't been happy with the coated phosphor bronze strings recommended for it.My first impression was -they sound dead. But after playing them for a week now I really like them. The bass is punchier and more distinct and these strings have tamed that brittle high end the phosphor bronze strings provided. Plus I think they feel better under my fingers.

               
              5.0

              The best acoustic strings I've ever used.

              By JKFraser

              from Michigan

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I love these strings on my Martin OM1e. They are crisp and clear, with a really pure tone. Most strings mask the natural sound of the instrument with a coating (elixirs) and make every guitar sound the same, add chimey overtones ( most PB strings), or sound dead as soon as you put them on (everything else). Martin Retro Monel strings just sound like your guitar. That's all. the best way I can describe them is woody, dry, pure, and balanced. They sound dramatically different on every guitar I've tried them on, bringing out the natural characteristics of each one. This isn't always a good thing. If a guitar sounds weak and flat, these strings will not compensate for that. If the guitar is boomy and unbalanced, these strings might take a little boom away, but they won't add jangle or brightness to it. If the guitar has weird overtones, these strings won't add to the overtones, but they will bring out the overtones of the instrument. All in all, you owe it to yourself to try a set and see what your guitar actually sounds like, especially if you are a lifelong elixir user. Finally I get about 4 weeks of hard use out of these strings in the summer, and 6-8 weeks out of them in the winter. Not bad for an inexpensive set of strings!

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again an again

                By RockinJay

                from Colorado

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I have a couple of old Martin guitars an the sound I get from using these Retro strings in unbelievable they resonate alot longer then any other strings I have tried once you try these strings you will be hooked an the amazing thing about these strings they don;t go dead as fast as the phosphorus strings that i use to use.

                   
                  5.0

                  Retros

                  By Jeff

                  from Colorado

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      Put these on my Martin LX-1 and my Martin OO-X1 and these strings are about the best I've used in 36 years of playing. Great feel and great sound, even easy on the fingers.

                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      "Retro" is another name for Dead.

                      By Capt. Ron

                      from Stuarts Draft, VA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Tone Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Live Performance

                        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I just bought a new Martin as a backup to my Taylor. The guitar has amazing tone. It may be the best sounding guitar I've ever heard. I decided to experiment with different strings to sweeten my sound a little more. I'm and absolute tone fanatic. One of the sets were the "Retro" strings. As soon as I opened the package and saw the nickel finish I was suspicious. At first I thought they were electric strings. I didn't notice the were nickel on the website. I'll give them a try buy it sounds like I just put a set of two year old strings on my $4000.00 Martin. It sucked the life right out of it. I'm pretty disappointed so far. Maybe there is a use for a dead guitar string sound. I don't think it will work for me. Hopefully they will sound ok plugged in. I'd like to at least get one use out of them.

                        Sorry Martin. I love my guitar I don't like the "Retro" strings. I think you should change their name to "Dead" rather than "Retro".

                         
                        1.0

                        Retro Brightness/warmth

                        By Gary

                        from undisclosed

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent

                        Cons

                        • Poor Tone Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I'm in a search for Warmer strings for my Epi Masterbilt EF500RA. These guitars have great projection and a lot of clarity, perhaps too much. I play fingerstyle with Thumb and aLaska pics. I have always used EJ16s on all my guitars, but lately they have been sounding brassy and harsh and they don't settle down like they used to.

                        I'm a teacher and use this guitar everyday for lessons, and even a couple of my students told me they were "jangly".

                        Read many reviews, Tried DR Sunbeams, It was a tone unlike any I've heard this guitar make, Didn't care for it, and after 4 or 5 days, it wasn't getting any better.

                        Next Martin Retro's. These may work well on a big Martin Dread with lots of age like Tony Rice's, but not on a small body OM, way too tinny, no deep bass, maybe on a Seagull or something that has a lot of warmy bass built in.

                        Just put on a set of John Pearse Silk and Phosphor, and for brand new, I'm liking what I hear. Can't wait to hear how they settle,

                        I would have bought these at Musicians Friend, as I am a loyal customer, but could only find the "normal" John Pearse, all metal strings.

                        MF should consider adding the "full" line from Pearse.

                        I love the delivery selection and customer service, and recommend MF to all my students, (strings, music stand, guitar stands, capos, etc.)

                        I'll be back, if these strings don't work out, to try Elixir, polywebs,

                        GaryC,

                         
                        5.0

                        best acoustic archtop strings EVER.

                        By Pazzo

                        from Oakland, CA

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            I play mostly acoustic guitars and need a string that sounds great even after HEAVY playing, these strings deliver. They do not work well with magnetic pickups, but if you use a microphone or have a pickup that picks up the acoustic sound of your instrument (I recommend K&K TWIN SPOT -not the Definity) these strings are what you need. GREAT, great sound.

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