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Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings   

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Martin MSP4100 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings are ideal live, in the studio, or wherever maximum string life is desired. The creation of thes...Read More

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Martin MSP4100 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings are ideal live, in the studio, or wherever maximum string life is desired. The creation of these new high performance strings is a result of research done in cooperation with specialty steel producers. Due to the development of an industry leading ultra-high quality steel core, Martin SP strings resist breakage better than average strings. In addition, both the core wires and the plain strings are plated with a smooth, acoustic bronze finish. Though this golden bronze finish does enhance the beauty of your guitar, its purpose is much more functional - to prolong brightness, string life, and superior tonal quality to meet the high expectations of demanding musicians.

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

Excellent sound and longevity.

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  • Bronze alloy for brilliance and long life
  • Great price

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MartinMSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings
 
4.5

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (28)
  • Consistent (22)
  • Well built / quality (16)
  • Long life (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (25)
  • Concerts (17)
  • Back-up (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hunt is Over

I spent a lot of time hunting for the best strings. My criteria was based on tone first, then price, as I change my strings quite regularly. I have tried D'Addario EJs and...Read complete review

I spent a lot of time hunting for the best strings. My criteria was based on tone first, then price, as I change my strings quite regularly. I have tried D'Addario EJs and EXPs, Earnie Ball, Dean Markley(good strings),GHS, DR, Fender, Elixer, coated, non-coated, bronze and PHBs in most all brands,and I keep coming back to the Martin SP PhBs. These strings provide the best tone at an affordable price, and the strings have good longevity.

Some notes: -As noted in another review, if you do not play regularly, the high E and B strings may be a bit stiff at first. If this is the case, pick up your guitar and play more to build up your finger tips. -Holding tune; manually stretch strings, play, re-stretch, re-tune. If this does not work try changing cheap tuning machines or your guitar altogether, LOL. -Coated Strings; over-rated, and expensive. Coating a guitar string, really? The coating may help maintain the stings tone longer, but the tone you are getting is not the best to start with. Try change your strings regularity for best tone. -I have broken one of the wound strings (low A) up-tuning, and had trouble holding tune on the low E on one occasion, these are isolated incidence, quality control issues I assume. -Last thing; guitar strings are a bit personal. What strings you chose highly depends on your guitar and the sound YOU like.

Summary- I've tried all types of strings and have chosen the Martin SP phosphorus bronze for my acoustic guitars to give me the best tone at an affordable price. I have had 2 separate issues with the wound strings but not enough to change my mind when considering the great tone and longevity of these stings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beats Elixir

Whats not to like??
Very bright,crisp,even sound when you first put them on. Levels out to a nice warm tone after a couple of days, &...Read complete review

Whats not to like??
Very bright,crisp,even sound when you first put them on. Levels out to a nice warm tone after a couple of days, & stays true to that tone for a LONG time.
I have been an Elixir string fan for years. When I bought my new Martin, it had these Martin strings on it. The sound was wonderful! After about a week, I thought, just think how well it will sound with Elirs on it . I changed out the strings and imediately regretted it. The Martin guitar brought out the thin, tinty sound of the treble notes. I ordered some more Martin strings right away. When they came in, I put them on and the tinty sound dissappeared. I learned my lesson. Stick with the Martins!!
They last about half as long as Elixirs, but cost a third as much. Better deal all around.

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5.0

I've been using these strings for YEARS!

By 

from Denver CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

    Been using these strings for DECADES ... they WORK and soung good on Martins and Gibsons and every custom guitar I've made. And at the price Musician's Friend offers, why change?

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    5.0

    Nice strings at a good price

    By 

    from Shawnee, Kansas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

      I selected these strings because they were affordable, and would string this guitar. I'm trying to learn how to play for my enjoyment only. Well satisfied!

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      5.0

      Best sound and longevity I've found

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      from Harbor Springs Mi

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

        Semi Professional (play at church, and dances, and other local gatherings)

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yes

        By 

        from New York

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

            Didn't use them yet but great price and I'm shore their good any way

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            5.0

            These are the best

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            from Meriden Ks

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

              I use these on a full acoustic electric guitar. I like the Chet Atkins sound.

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              5.0

              Excellent strings for an excellent price!

              By 

              from Northern New Mexico

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

              These strings were recommended by a Martin representative for a Martin acoustic guitar. Musician's Friend provided the best price online for these strings AND quick delivery! Can't beat that!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SWEET STRINGS

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              from Los Angeles, CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

                Been using Martin strings for years. Always wipe them down after playing and they will treat you right.

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                5.0

                Guitar Strings

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                from Aumsville Oregon

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

                  Could not have done better.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Thank You Martin for these AWESOME SP's

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                  from Livermore, Ca

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Inspiring Acoustic Tone
                  • Lush Sound
                  • Powerful Delivery
                  • Robust Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Rainsong Shorty

                    Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

                    I have been using these SP phosphor Bronze 12's for probably 10 years at this point. For the longest time I have been using them on my Martin DM (part of the Road Series they offered in the late 90's thru early 2000's) and they really have worked well for that guitar. I tried them on my Breedlove and hated them for that application, but for my Martin, they were perfect. So last summer I got a Rainsong Shorty which comes with Elixir Nano's which are fine strings and I'd been using them on other guitars and was used to the Elixir tone and feel but on the Rainsong, a carbon fiber guitar, the Elixirs didn't seem a great fit. So I started a quest for a good string match for the Shorty. After 9 different sets of various strings, these SP's were the clear winners by a long shot! The strings I compared were Elixir Nano 80/20, Elixir Nano PB's, Elixir Poly 80/20, D'Addario EXP PB's, Martin Retro Monel's, DR Black Beauties, Wyres and finally RotoSound Nexus.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Depends on your style

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                    from thousand oaks, ca

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • Tone Is Very Deep

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Martin MSP4100 SP Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings:

                    Like everyone else, I'm looking for the perfect strings for me. I found these were too dark sounding. I prefer a little more brightness in my tone. I did give them a fair shake and used them for two weeks on my Yamaha FG730. But I will be going back to D'Addario EXP11's. Bottom line, these are very good strings but not for me.

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