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Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Ideal for the gigging musician looking for consistent tone night after night.

Gauges 12-16-25-32-42-54.

Martin SP Acoustic strings are designed with the performer in mind. Made with high-tensile strength core wire and finished with the highest-quality wrap wire, Martin's SP line of strings stands up to rigorous practice and performance schedules to deliver consistent true tone that you can count on song after song.

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  • Bronze alloy for brilliance and long life
  • Great price
  • Studio-quality performance
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MartinMSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better Than The Rest, For Me

OK, I play strictly fingerstyle on higher end, 00-sized, mahogany guitars (Santa Cruz, Dana Bourgeois). I've tried Elixir coated strings (lifeless, dull, restrained) and various brands of Phospher...Read complete review

OK, I play strictly fingerstyle on higher end, 00-sized, mahogany guitars (Santa Cruz, Dana Bourgeois). I've tried Elixir coated strings (lifeless, dull, restrained) and various brands of Phospher Bronze strings (too metallic and biting). I keep coming back to these Martin 80/20 SP's. They have a very natural, rounded sound--albeit, a little bright for the first hour, or so. IMHO: Go with PB's on Rosewoods, especially if you're flatpicking a dreadnought. Stay away from coated strings (at least Elixers). They simply have no life in them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Luthier / Guitar Player

I including these strings in my search for a good string set that I could put on my acoustic guitars as well as guitars I have for sale or that have come in for...Read complete review

I including these strings in my search for a good string set that I could put on my acoustic guitars as well as guitars I have for sale or that have come in for repairs. They are superb in many ways and they allow me to set-up, measure and tune acoustic guitars very well. I don't like the way these strings come double packed in pairs or that there not sold individually - which would allow someone to more precisley or "mathematically" string a guitar. However... Once your through with all that and it's time to play the guitar, they sound excellent. They bring out a guitars best tonal qualities. The trade-off is difficult chord fingering. I can't play well with these strings and I seem to drop my pick a lot. I went to a thin pick and then to the thinnest pick I could find. I found myself wanting to get the lightest gauge set in the "SP" series and sacrifice everything, simply to be able to strum and make open chords. I'm not sure? I'm undecided on this "SP" set? It's as if the instruments and love them but the players don't.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than The Rest, For Me

By G.A.A.

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

OK, I play strictly fingerstyle on higher end, 00-sized, mahogany guitars (Santa Cruz, Dana Bourgeois). I've tried Elixir coated strings (lifeless, dull, restrained) and various brands of Phospher Bronze strings (too metallic and biting). I keep coming back to these Martin 80/20 SP's. They have a very natural, rounded sound--albeit, a little bright for the first hour, or so. IMHO: Go with PB's on Rosewoods, especially if you're flatpicking a dreadnought. Stay away from coated strings (at least Elixers). They simply have no life in them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just right!

By Anthony Williams

from shenandoah valley

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Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I use SP's on all but one of my acoustics. That box get Silk and Bronze for a special flavor. Otherwise SP's are my only choice.
They are what they should be...Bright crisp and long lasting tone.
NEVER broke one in the at least 15 years I'd guess i've been using.
They may not out last the coated strings out there but I've tried every new brand that have gone coated... even Martin's and I come back. Price to tone life I think is much better with SP's.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These Strings on a rosewood OM

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

Well i have to start by saying that i like to change strings every 3 weeks on any guitar i am continuously playing. That being said, i just i had received a custom made rosewood OM by a local luthier, 100 % and everything. The guitar sounded good for a new guitar! One thing that bothered me is that the volume was a little low. The luthier had put d'addario D'Addario EJ11's in the 12 gage, and i simply found that they didn't exactly sound so good. The bass on those strings lacked volume and clarity, and i knew it couldnt be the guitar!So 6 days into the existence of the guitar i got these strings, and for the first hour they sounded to new, so i waited a few hours, and tuned, stretched and played the guitar. Right away i noticed the difference, its been a few days now and my strings still sound clear and fresh!! i'm sticking to these for this guitar thats for sure!

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, but not exceptional . . .

By Baristabrian

from Hilo, Hawaii

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Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've used these on both my D-28 and my Taylor 814ce. Yes, they sound good. To my ears, though, not quite as "bright" as the "Phosphor" strings.I laugh when I read that some people get up to a "month" before needing to change these. Yeah, right. And music "ripped" at 128 kbs sounds "good." But only if you have a "tin" ear.Really. Anybody who can go more than a week without changing their strings could almost be playing a Stella Harmony. Or something. If strings are like *beer* for you, fine. But, these are *no* better than any other string as far as longevity goes; they are going to degrade in quality the longer you play them. Period. If your ears allow you to play strings --- *any* strings --- longer than a week, good for you.I am one of those who *can* hear the difference after only a few days or, even, hours. Unfortunately. But, again, not everyone has ears like mine. Good for them. These *are* good strings, btw, just don't buy into the crap that they last "forever" or even "months" or whatever. Only if you *don't* have really good ears can you say that.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Luthier / Guitar Player

By mckentucky

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I including these strings in my search for a good string set that I could put on my acoustic guitars as well as guitars I have for sale or that have come in for repairs. They are superb in many ways and they allow me to set-up, measure and tune acoustic guitars very well. I don't like the way these strings come double packed in pairs or that there not sold individually - which would allow someone to more precisley or "mathematically" string a guitar. However... Once your through with all that and it's time to play the guitar, they sound excellent. They bring out a guitars best tonal qualities. The trade-off is difficult chord fingering. I can't play well with these strings and I seem to drop my pick a lot. I went to a thin pick and then to the thinnest pick I could find. I found myself wanting to get the lightest gauge set in the "SP" series and sacrifice everything, simply to be able to strum and make open chords. I'm not sure? I'm undecided on this "SP" set? It's as if the instruments and love them but the players don't.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Highly Recommended!

By Ben

from Louisiana

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Great tone, great price!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tone

    By RANDALL

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Great tone

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fabulous Find

    By Old Zman

    from Pueblo, CO

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I have played guitar for 40 years and, like all of us, constantly searched for strings that would hold a good tone for more than a few days. The SP is a string that comes closest. I have found that the tone lasts longer than any string I have tried. I would recommend them to any player.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best From Martin for the MONEY!

        By Acoustic Kurt

        from Ohio

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          When you can buy these strings at a price under 5 you can't go wrong. The best value bar nun in my humble opinion.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Strings--Great Price

          By Absaroka Strummer

          from Wyoming

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I've tried a lot of various strings on my Martin HD 35, and will yet probably try others. But I keep on coming back to these Martin 80/20's, as giving me the best sound.

              Like most other HD's, my HD 35 has tons of low end and I've found that 80/20's tend to bring out a bit more treble than PB's. It's a sound that I like and feel is the best choice on this guitar.

              I've had this same experience with my Breedlove 12 string. As soon as I switched from PB's to 80/20's it just sort of "woke up and came alive".

              Martin Studio Performance strings are of a good and consistent quality. They don't really vary a lot from one set to the next, so I know what I'm getting--and MF sells them at a super price.

              Although I like the air tight, moisture proof packaging that D'Addario uses with their strings, they usually run a bit more money and I can't justify the added expense, when the Martin SP's give me such good, consistent sound.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              martin string , big differance.

              By zanshelby03

              from oswego new york

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              Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I recently purchased an Ibanez PF5 ecent used and I was pleased with it except for the strings. They were worn and rusty. I Found the guitar to still have a good quality of sound but lacked any real punch and sparkle. So I purchased a set of these for it. I really can't believe the difference a set of strings can make. I turned my inexpensive laminate top guitar into a real ear turner. The volume increased , the tonality really came alive and crispness of the chords really began to sparkle. I would not be afraid to tell anyone wanting to improve their sound to get these strings, I even bought a set of 12 strings for my Seagull, can't wait to put them on.

               
              5.0

              Excellent strings

              By Hoss

              from Kaysville, Utah

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Theses strings just sound awesome! I use them on my Martin D28 and it sounds fantastic.

                 
                4.0

                msp3100 martin

                By Jerry

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I have used this string for a will thy are good on fingers sound good but the 4100 may have them beat I have all ways used martin strings on my 1974 d28 martin

                 
                5.0

                Strings I use on my 1997 Martin 00-16DBR

                By Nonickname

                from Carmel Valley, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  These were the strings that came originally on my 1997 Martin 00-16DBR. I have used other strings but plan to keep using these strings on this particular guitar. The tension is around 160 for these light strings which for me is still a challenge since I am still building up my finger tips. Otherwise good sounding strings.

                   
                  5.0

                  great strings

                  By B.W.

                  from Salina,Ks.

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I have tried other Brands of strings and I always go back to these. I think they are just one of the best strings you can buy.

                       
                      5.0

                      Affordable Consistency

                      By R one

                      from Charlotte, NC

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                      Pros

                      • Clarity
                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Price
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • Longevity

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I prefer to change strings more often so as to have a precise and crisp sound. Rather than purchase a more expensive string set and have to make it last longer, I buy these. They are tensioned a bit high but sound and play great...for a while.

                       
                      4.0

                      Good functional strings

                      By Absaroka Strummer

                      from Wyoming

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Martin SP strings are good strings and they cost less than many other brands. They have good tone and seem to last about as long as most others. For the price they are a great buy.

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Deal

                          By J

                          from Kansas City, MO

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              Great deal, didnt have to leave the house..

                               
                              5.0

                              Great all I can say

                              By Betjim

                              from Akron, Oh,

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Have Every Used
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong
                              • These Are Best Strings I

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts

                                Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                allways have people asking what kind of strings they are . And once they are tuned they stay in tune Love them

                                 
                                4.0

                                Reliable Quality Strings

                                By Griff

                                from Kingman, Az.

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                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Feel
                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone
                                • Long Life

                                Cons

                                • Somewhat Mushy

                                Best Uses

                                • All Purpose

                                Comments about Martin MSP3100 SP 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                I've used these string for a long time. They're not perfect, but the best I've found so far.

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