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Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light  

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Superior performance, longer life.

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’s 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.

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  • SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings
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  • Treated with Cleartone proprietary technology
  • Gauges: 12-16-25-32-42-54

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SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light

  • Item #: MSP7100
  • Material: phospher bronze
  • Tension: 164.8
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MartinSP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Long life (15)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (8)
    • Back-up (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), 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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    4.0

    Martin strings

    By Cowboy Bob

    from Lebanon, Tenn

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

      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

      By jbean

      from Dartmouth, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

        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

        By tulsabravo

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy on the fingers
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • All-around

        Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

        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

        By T Bone

        from Kingston, WA.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

              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 Inmate 3578

              from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everything

                Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

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

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                4.0

                Nor for all guitars

                By Cloudmaker9

                from Ventura, CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                • Not Well Balanced

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

                A friend tried these strings on his Taylor 414 and thought they were not projecting on the high end. However my old 1974 Guild D40 has gotten too bright and over resonates on the high end so that it projects too many harmonics. I tried these string and my D40 now sounds much more balanced. They last a long time, 3 months with consistent playing, and they are easy on the fingers. Note.... they need a few days to settle in....you may not like them the 1st day or 2... but then they are fine. Good value too.

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                5.0

                Good feel, long life.

                By slickrick-QrzCY

                from Indiana

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                Pros

                • Feel Like Uncoated
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

                  I have been playing D'Addario EXPs for a couple of years, but saw these on sale so gave them a try. They feel and sound very similar to the EXPs, that is, they feel and sound similar to uncoated strings, but last a lot longer.

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                  2.0

                  Not A Fan Of Coated Strings

                  By OddManOut

                  from Cartoon City, Neevaduh

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Initial Tone
                  • Reasonable Life

                  Cons

                  • 1 String Imbalance
                  • 1st String Imbalanced
                  • Faded Tone Mushy
                  • Faded Too Quickly
                  • High E Imbalanced
                  • Too Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Left In Box

                  Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

                  I've been trying to find a coated string I like and these didn't do it for me. Like the coated strings from "Brand D" and "Brand E", I find good initial tone fades fairly quickly into a "semi-dead" tone that lasts a long time. The good tone really lasts no longer than uncoated strings, so I feel these are not a good value at their price point. As with other coated strings, the overall tone is not as lively as uncoated strings.

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                  2.0

                  not happy

                  By markaby

                  from Southern Illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Long Life
                  • Look Nice Good Price

                  Cons

                  • No Sustain
                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

                  i normally use elixr or exp and thought i would give these a try since they are Martin brand and i play a D-18. I couldnt believe how flat they sounded and had zero sustain. they have a very thin sound and i took them off and put the elixrs on after three days. i truly expected a little more out of these strings and woould recommend the non coated martin strings before these.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding!

                  By OGO

                  from Fort Worth Texas

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Martin SP 7100 Phosphor Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strings Light:

                    I try to match the strings to the guitar. I now use these on all my acoustic guitars. The amazing durability of these strings make them perfect for practice and concert. The tone is better than any other strings I have used. With uncoated strings, I get one to two weeks until the tone begins to fade. My last set of these lasted over 4 months. I only replaced them because I broke a G string. I play my guitar hard and I have a reputation for breaking strings. These hold up better than what I've used in the past. They tune evenly with bright highs great base and warm mid tones. I no longer have to change to new strings for concerts. I would not use any others strings if they gave them to me for free. I play Hard Rock To Mellow Ballads, with intricate rythms and have played for over 30 yrs. This is what I have been looking for my whole career. OGO

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