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Martin SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings are treated with Cleartone proprietary technology to bring you the longest possible string life without sacrificing tone or natural feel.

Martin SP Lifespan strings are designed to repel the oils and dirt that can deaden strings. All six strings are treated to preserve the natural Martin SP sound and feel that players prefer.

Phosphor Bronze strings are bright, but slightly warmer sound than 80/20 bronze when first put on the guitar. They offer consistent tone over time. Phosphor bronze has a copper/tin alloy, making them sound brighter than regular bronze strings.

MSP7100 strings are recommended for lead rock, blues, and folk styles.

Martin SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings are used by Martin on the majority of its production guitars. Martin SP Lifespan with Cleartone proprietary technology provides a rich full tone with the added benefit of longer life. The Martin SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings start with ultra-pure steel SP core wire, which delivers a perfect combination of tensile strength and response. Bronze electroplating is added to protect and enhance the core wire, which is complemented by the wraps that bring the full, rich tone players demand. Finally, Martin' custom wrapping technique ensures tight tolerances to gauge and tension. Martin SP sets are sent to Everly Music for treatment with Cleartone proprietary technology. This treatment provides the thinnest protection in the industry and does not flake or peel. The treatment protects both the wrap and core wire by repelling dirt and grime that can deaden a string. Wrap windings remain open and uncovered to permit natural vibration patterns. The Cleartone proprietary technology preserves and protects the natural rich full tone of the Martin SP strings.

Superior performance, longer life

FEATURES
  • SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings
  • Light
  • Treated with Cleartone proprietary technology

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SPECIFICATIONS

MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

  • Item #: MSP7100
    Material: phospher bronze
    Tension: 164.8
    Gauge: 12 | 16 | 25 | 32 | 42 | 54
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MartinMSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Long life (19)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Well built / quality (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

the best of the coated strings

The best coated strings, and possibly the best strings out there.
As anyone who tried Elixir strings when they first came out will remember, the astonishing longevity of clear and lively...Read complete review

The best coated strings, and possibly the best strings out there.
As anyone who tried Elixir strings when they first came out will remember, the astonishing longevity of clear and lively tone, and the elimination of string squeak as you fretted or shifted finger positions was a revelation. But so was the weird greasy feel to the strings, and their tendency to flake the coating off the string when you used fingerpicks. Cleartone purported to have resolved these problems, but their strings had a correspondingly shorter life and a return of string squeak, even if both were lessened. Now Martin has teamed with Cleartone, and the results are stellar. The strings are far more finger-sensitive, and the tone is full, well-balanced, and very long-lasting. Even after weeks of sweaty on-stage performance, the strings maintain their tone and, even more importantly, their intonation-- the days when you had to restring after each performance are long gone. Of all the coated strings on the market, these are by far the best.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the strings for these guitars

I put these strings (light gauge) on two guitars . One is 1930's ladder braced acoustic and the other an 000 sized acoustic I built with redwood top and walnut back and...Read complete review

I put these strings (light gauge) on two guitars . One is 1930's ladder braced acoustic and the other an 000 sized acoustic I built with redwood top and walnut back and sides. Both guitars have a tendency for a bright tone. The first 2 days on the guitars the treble range seemed harsh, almost brittle (hope you get the idea) and the bass frequencies were totally lacking. After a few days the treble harshness moderated some but overall these strings lacked the warm tone of the Elixir lights I had on before. I'm not saying these are bad strings, just that on these particular guitars they were not what I want to hear. If you have an acoustic whose tone is inherently dark or muddy I would recommend you give these strings a try. If your guitar has inherent bright tone these may be a set to avoid. The overall feel of the string surface and playing tension was comfortable but I noticed more finger squeak than when playing the Elixir lights.

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5.0

Good Strings

By 

from Fort Worth, Tx

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I got a deal on a bunch of EXPs and SP+ a few years ago and finally used them all. Both of those worked well for me. I bought some of the Lifespan SP in light and medium. I use them on a D18GE, HD28V and J45TV. My hands don't sweat much, and I don't wipe my strings after playing. These strings last well for 2-4 months. Given the price, especially after the price drop, I plan on using these as long as I can. I see nothing any better out there for my purposes. I do have to say that the D'Addario EJ16 and EJ17 are my favorite strings, but their lifespan just isn't long enough for me.

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    5.0

    Excellent tone. Very long lasting

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    from New Haven, Ky.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Best strings that I have put on my acoustic guitars.

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      4.0

      A great balance for me

      By 

      from Florida

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        These strings are easily the best blend yet for my style of acoustic playing . I basically play it like an electric. These are the first strings I have used that didn't get G string Winding separation at the frets till the strings were about spent anyway. even then it was minimal. I have that problem bad with all others including D,addarios, elixir's, etc.
        The elixir's may last a whisper longer but I need to replace the G string in between due to serious winding separation. Also the elixir's are way too slick, Difficult to bend hard without my fingers slipping off.
        The Martin SP still give me a little bit of sound of my fingers sliding up and down which I prefer.
        As a "set" they last the longest. And give me a nice balance of tone.
        As with all strings, the first thing you notice is losing the tone in the steel strings, the E and B. The only negative is when I lost that tone on these it went fast.
        Otherwise after two years of experimenting I found my strings.

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        5.0

        Best strings IMO!

        By 

        from Meraux , LA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I like these strings a lot. I put them on my Benito ( a Chilean guitar with old growth Alerce top and mahogany back and sides) and i like them a lot. I like the phosphor bronze on this guitar. These strings are easy to play and they last forever. I play once or twice a week and keep my guitar on the case however. I have had this set on since february 1st and they are not the least bit rusted or dead sounding. They have great sustain! They are very pleasing sounding. I don't know what Martin uses for coating, but i like it more than elixirs. Elixirs coating peels off in about 6 months, and they sound thin. They are not worth the money to me.

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            2.0

            Not satisfied with lifespan

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            from Fl

            About Me Novice

            Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Simple review here! I got these to compare to Elixir Nanoweb strings. These strings corroded like non-coated strings (or worse), nowhere near the life span of the Elixir Nanoweb. I put them on a secondary guitar, and they have corroded within 4 weeks, only played couple times a week by a beginner. My main guitar with Elixir Nanoweb strings, which are about 4 months old, feel like new. I do live very close to ocean, and my guitars get some exposure to salt when I open the windows, but I have uncoated strings on electric guitars that have lasted much longer.

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            4.0

            Martin strings

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            from Lebanon, Tenn

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I tried other Martin strings and they did not last some only 4 days. I started using D'Addario EXP'S and liked them alot. They work great on my Takamine. But on my Martin they just had somerhing missing. I received a set of Martin lifespan and loved them they had the sound and feel and longevity I was use too.Try them you wil fall in love.

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              5.0

              Martin SP 7100 Phospher Bronze Lifespan

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              from Dartmouth, MA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Have used them on my favorite Martin for a number of years now. I wouldn't switch.

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                4.0

                Great all-around strings

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                from Savannah, GA

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                Pros

                • Easy on the fingers
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • All-around

                Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I think for the money, these are the best strings out there. Easy on the fingers, good sound, long life, they've got it all. The only downside is the free shipping by Musician's Friend. The "ships UPS until they get it to Orlando, where UPS then puts it in the mail" shipping procedure is a joke. Just mail them from Kansas City next time please, if there is a next time.

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                3.0

                Not the strings for these guitars

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                from Kingston, WA.

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I put these strings (light gauge) on two guitars . One is 1930's ladder braced acoustic and the other an 000 sized acoustic I built with redwood top and walnut back and sides. Both guitars have a tendency for a bright tone. The first 2 days on the guitars the treble range seemed harsh, almost brittle (hope you get the idea) and the bass frequencies were totally lacking. After a few days the treble harshness moderated some but overall these strings lacked the warm tone of the Elixir lights I had on before. I'm not saying these are bad strings, just that on these particular guitars they were not what I want to hear. If you have an acoustic whose tone is inherently dark or muddy I would recommend you give these strings a try. If your guitar has inherent bright tone these may be a set to avoid. The overall feel of the string surface and playing tension was comfortable but I noticed more finger squeak than when playing the Elixir lights.

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                5.0

                Great Strings

                By 

                from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long lasting
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything

                  Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Great price for great strings that last a long time. 10/10, Would buy again.

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