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Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Martin SP Lifespan strings are the next level in studio performance. Treated for long life, they repel dirt, grit and other environmental elements th...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Rich tone should last as long as the inspiration does.

Martin SP Lifespan strings are the next level in studio performance. Treated for long life, they repel dirt, grit and other environmental elements that can quickly alter the sound of your strings. The treatment is so incredibly thin, you won't even know it's there. SP Lifespans are designed to last longer and sound better so you can play on!

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

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Item #: MSP7100
  • Material: phospher bronze
  • Tension: 164.8
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MartinMSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (34)
  • Long life (28)
  • Consistent (24)
  • Well built / quality (17)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (4)
  • Poor tone quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Concerts (17)
  • Back-up (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

BEST STRINGS HANDS DOWN

I am a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh Pa. I purchased a Martin 00-15m and was trying to awhile to find the right strings to make it come across at its full potential. After...Read complete review

I am a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh Pa. I purchased a Martin 00-15m and was trying to awhile to find the right strings to make it come across at its full potential. After all the searching THESE are hands down the best. Beautiful highs and solid clear lows. They are everything i could want in a string.

VS

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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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the best of the coated strings

By Peter Hales

from Chicago

Comments about Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar 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 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strings

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

Good price great quality
I have normally used Elixer 11-52 strings on my acoustic guitars. I have found that going to the Martin SP7100 Phospher Bronze gives me much deeper richer sound last a long time. I am glad to find strings that I like so well.
THE BEST
a fair price because they last over 3 months with alot of playing time each day

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bright, clear, and smooth to the touch

By Ian-1K_xB

from Sonora, CA

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

Sorry to completely oppose the previous review, but for my style, these are literally the best acoustic strings I've ever tried. I used Elixirs for a long time, and then I tried several different traditional strings, including D'Addarios and Martins. These Martin lifespans just sound so bright and balanced. I have a light touch, as I do more fingerpicking than anything else, and I love the clarity and dynamic control these strings give my dreadnought guitar. I have had a set on for about 2 months now, and playing everyday, I see absolutely no signs of degradation whatsoever. I would recommend this particular gauge and blend if you like bright and clear fingerpicking, especially for recording. I know they're expensive, but it is worth it just to try them out, since they're new on the market. I plan to also try the D'Addario EXP Phosphor Bronze Lights just to compare and see which is a better value, but I doubt that any strings could please my ears and my guitar tracks in Logic as much as these do. But don't take my word for it, just try them for yourself.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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 MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST STRINGS HANDS DOWN

    By Tony Cenname

    from Pittsburgh Pa

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I am a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh Pa. I purchased a Martin 00-15m and was trying to awhile to find the right strings to make it come across at its full potential. After all the searching THESE are hands down the best. Beautiful highs and solid clear lows. They are everything i could want in a string.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not the strings for these guitars

        By T Bone

        from Kingston, WA.

        About Me Experienced

        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent product

        By acoustic man

        from Howard Beach, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          this is a great product holds tone for months

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Strings

          By Mtngeo

          from Colorado Mountains

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

          n
          They sound great and have a long life!
          pricy

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good strings!

          By KenW in Portland, OR

          from Portland, OR

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

          Ironically, when these first came out, I tried them and they were so bad that I removed them right after trying them. I wrote a review indicating that these should't be purchased. I tried them again a month ago, and they were great. I can't figure it out. I now do recommend these strings. They went on a special sale, and I bought 10 sets!
          I am impressed with the Martin SP Lifetime light gauge strings. I will keep comparing them with my D'Addario EXP strings, but for now they are at the top of the list for what I want to use. (I have five accoustic guitars.)
          Sound quality: Very good. My D'Addario EXP strings sounded good for the first few weeks, and then failed to give satisfaction. On my Tacoma JR55 jumbo (big Guild jumbo size; rosewood back and sides), I have switched over to these... I get good, clear tone.
          Longevity: I waited a month to write this review, so I could see how they age. After a month they still sound good.
          When on a special sale, these were a steal. At the current price, they are more than I would like to pay, but if they last longer than my EXP's, they would be worth it.

           
          5.0

          I use these exclusively on my Martin

          By Racerguy

          from Phoenix, Az

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have 36 guitars and I use a variety of strings on them. 17 acoustics (I think) and some guitars just sound better with certain strings. I use these on my Martin and a Takamine as well as one of my D'Angelicos. May or may not be the strings for you and your guitar. But try them for sure.

               
              5.0

              Veery satisfied

              By none

              from Pittsfield MA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                none

                 
                2.0

                Didn't Work For Me

                By Cole

                from Ozark, MO

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easy
                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  Thought I'd try these on my Martin DC28E. Practice with my buddy once a week and play live once a month. Right off the bat the small E string broke at the ball just putting the strings on. Found the sound quite dull on my guitar after trying them for a couple weeks. Very dead sounding. Might be better on a brighter guitar such as Mahogany. Took them off finally and went back to regular martin SP lights. What a difference! The bright clear sound was back as well as the amazing tone!

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Strings

                  By Dave

                  from Phoenix

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    Good quality - Good price.

                     
                    5.0

                    Purchased two packs of these quality strings for future use

                    By Curly

                    from Pennsylvania

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Use these strings on my personal guitar for practice end performance.

                         
                        3.0

                        Lifespan?

                        By Paul

                        from NH

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easy

                        Best Uses

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

                          Two out of the six strings broke after only 4 hours of use. The tone was better than my previous set of Dragon skins, but what good is tone if you have to keep stopping in the middle of a live performance to replace strings? Maybe I just got a bad batch.....

                           
                          4.0

                          Good Strings

                          By Mr. Sea

                          from Fredericksburg, VA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          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:

                            Tone remains consistent longer than untreated strings. However the coating doesn't give the strings a unusual, rubberized feeling like some treated strings.

                             
                            4.0

                            MSP7100 SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar St

                            By getstoned

                            from Potosi Mo.

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Practicing

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

                              Good strings for the money, also good for begginers!

                               
                              5.0

                              ALL GOOD

                              By HT

                              from DAINGERFIELD, TX

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

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

                                TO PLAY

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Disappointed especially because of Martin reputation

                                By DebiC

                                from CIncinnati, OH

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Breaks Easy

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Bottom E string broke within two weeks of stringing them on an accoustic guitar. Can't return or get refunds on open packs of strings. How to replace E string without ordering whole new set?

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Strings at a reasonable price.

                                    By ActonCowboySinger

                                    from Acton, Californ-I-A

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    See all my reviews

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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:

                                      Great strings. They can make a good guitar sparkle and will give it more character. These are my favorite strings. They sound best on parlor guitars and OM models.

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