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I've always thought of Martin strings as a very good mid-level option when deciding what guitar strings to use. A shop will typically sell them for about £7.99 a pack, but you will find them online for less (under a fiver most likely). I still prefer to support independent music shops than buy online, otherwise there won't be any left soon & that would be a shame.
When I first began playing seriously someone in a shop recommended Martin strings & I just kind of stuck with them from there, they seemed to suit my guitar & were light & firm to play. For years I used a .10 gauge string (a very light string), again recommended to me by others. For about 8 years these were my standard string (although I have tried most of the different gauges on the market).
Each pack comes with 1 of each string - E (thickest), A, D, G, B, E (thinnest), and each string is in a paper cover and marked with a different colour so you don't get them confused when you're putting them on your guitar body. It will take a bit of practice to become adept at changing the strings (I'm still not very good at it even now), but snapping a few strings along the way is all part of the fun.
I tried different brands including Ernie Ball, Fender etc.. but tended to go with Martin if possible, I guess it was just a habit as much as anything. However, now I tend to use D'Addario strings, they are much more expensive (typically 2 to 3 times the price), but they last a lot longer & I find they play better & give a cleaner sound. But again it's all down to personal preference here, so try a few brands & find the ones you like the best.
I've been playing my guitar on and off for quite a while now, and I can slaughter a good tune every now and then. Sometimes people even claim to recognise the tune that I am playing, which is a nice compliment - I think. But either way, I do take pride in looking after my guitar, and when one of the strings broke a while back (they're not very forgiving when they catch on a door handle unfortunately) I was in the market to get a new one. Now looking around on Amazon, whilst I was only looking for one string, I was pleasantly surprised at how cheaply an entire set of strings could be bought for - for as little as £4 - £5. So going on Amazon reviews as a sort of guideline for quality, I went for these Martin 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings for £4.50 delivered, which seemed to be getting a lot of good user reviews on Amazon.
What do you get? Well the string sets come in 3 different grades - Medium, Light and Extra Light, which basically refers to the thickness or gauges of the strings, and hence, how they will sound when played. Being an 'average' guitarist, I went for the Medium brand, with string thicknesses of 0.013", 0.017", 0.026", 0.035", 0.045" and 0.056", where the Light brand are slightly thinner and the Extra Light thinner again.
The Medium is meant to give a slightly deeper sound and are less prone to breaking when played, hence giving a little bit more longevity to the strings, whereas the Light and Extra light are meant to give a crisper, lighter sound. Of interest, the actual advertising for the Medium strings quotes them as being suitable for rock rhythm styles of playing. The strings themselves are high quality with a centre core and the wire wrap around the outside. Now they are referred to as 80/20 because that has to do with the material composition - an alloy of 80% copper and 20% tin which makes up the bronze sting.
Installing them on your guitar is pretty straight forward, as any guitarist will know, although a few months later when I was tuning my guitar, the top E string snapped, which meant I had to buy another packet of these strings. Not sure if it failed prematurely, or whether I was just being a little heavy handed with turning the key, but snapping after only a few months of use was a little disappointing, but easy enough to replace again with the same brand, and has been going strong for nearly a year without reoccurrence.
Thus far, they have shown no further signs of wear or breakage, still giving that warm sound. So for the money, they offered very good value and proved to be a worthwhile investment.
In summary, it was quite surprising to discover how cheap a set of decent guitar strings could be bought for, (which was fortunate for both sets I purchased). OK, the top E string issue may have been my fault, but installing a new one has ensured that my guitar still sounds good with these quality strings. So giving the benefit of the doubt for the top E issue, these strings are worthy of a 4* recommendation.
I have been playing guitar since the age of 16. Back then I bought myself a cheap electric guitar and started to teach myself. To be honest I wasn't very good, I soon got bored and found my electric guitar was really not making the sounds I wanted. So I invested in an acoustic guitar, I found this suited my style of play far better and I soon started to develop into a decent little guitar player. After playing my guitar for around six months a friend told me I needed some new strings. I must admit as I was self taught I hadn't even realised you were supposed to change your guitar strings on a regular basis. So off I trotted to the local music shop to buy the cheapest set of strings I could find. They were not all that great. Second time round I spent a little more money and bought these, Martin Acoustic Guitar Strings. Although I have not used these every time I restring my guitar, they are ones that I know do a good job and so I have used them many times over the years.
The Martin strings are bronze wound, which basically means they are of a decent quality for average everyday acoustic use. If you were playing a big gig on a big stage, you probably wouldn't use these, however, for an average player like myself these are plenty good enough. The particular gauge or size of string shown here on Dooyoo is 80/20, there are other strings available in this line though that are pretty much the same but just a slightly different size. If you understand guitars you will understand how the different gauges work, otherwise, don't worry about it.
One thing that is always important when you buy a set of guitar strings is how well they last. One thing I will say about the Martin strings is that they maintain they're sound very well. Out of all the different strings I have tried over the years I would say these rank somewhere near the top when it comes to longevity. When you first use the strings they make a nice crisp sound that really does sit very well, that sound does not last all that long, but the nice mellow tone the strings then produce is also very nice.
One thing that I have noticed when using the Martin strings is that sometimes the high E string will snap when I'm tuning it up or simply putting the string on my guitar. This is very frustrating as the last thing you want with a brand new set of strings is to be one down. I have a supply of high E strings just in case this one goes on me.
You can pick up a set of these strings for around £6 in the shops, although looking online you may be able to get them even cheaper. So they certainly are quite good value when it comes to acoustic guitar strings. So overall I would say these are pretty good strings, they are not the best I've used but when you just want a decent set for every day playing then these are pretty good. Good for value and they tend to last so these are strings that I use again and again, the only time I really try any other strings is when I fancy treating myself to something a little bit special. Most of the time though these are just fine for me.
I started playing guitar some 12 years ago and I freely admit I had no idea what I was doing back then. In fact I used to get my male guitar playing friends to change my strings for me whenever it needed doing and thankfully they were willing to do so. I did eventually learn to do it myself though and now find it amusing that it was ever something I considered beyond my abilities!
Martin Strings seemed to be the variety all my friends used and by association they became my strings of choice. Back when I started playing I used to have to actually venture into guitar/music shops to buy a pack but these days the beauty of the internet means that I just order them online, generally from Amazon who sell them for the pretty competitive price of £4.10 per packet.
You can select different 'weights' of string for your accoustic guitar and personally I like the light version which come in a packet identical to that shown at the top of this review, except it is red. Each weight is represented by a different colour packet. The weight affects both the sound you will get and how easy it is to pluck notes - my understanding has always been that the more chords you play and the less you actually pick out notes (or play lead guitar) then the heavier you want your strings. I like playing with lighter strings for a different reason though - I have tiny hands and fingers and just find them more comfortable and easier to play with.
Each cardboard packet contains one of each of your six strings (E, B, G, D, A, E) and each one will be wound into a coil and contained in a paper envelope. A tip here - do not take the string out of the envelope until you absolutely need to and even then exercise caution. This is necessary because once you uncoil the string it is liable to snap quickly out of the coil hitting anything (or anyone) in it's path! Before now I have obtained a massive scratch just under my eye from not being careful enough when doing this. The strings are wound with bronze and therefore can be pretty lethal if not fitted warily.
I have tried other varieties of strings over the years including D'Addario and Slinky - but I generally always come back to Martins because they tend to be the cheapest and the most reliable. I have rarely had a string snap when i've used these (although to snap an accoustic string takes some doing anyway) and they are easy to fit and hold tune well.
I will continue using Martin strings as they are great value, good quality and my favourite brand.
If you've spent a substantial amount on an acoustic guitar, it's probably best to kit it out with some half decent strings. Thankfully, acoustic guitar strings are generally cheap to buy, and don't seem to break as quickly as electric guitar ones do (which is good, as I find them more difficult to replace). Today i'm looking at Martin Bronze Acoustic Strings - a reliable brand which I've used on and off over the last few years. The strings are available in three varieties - 'Medium', 'Light', and 'Extra Light' gauge which are of the following thicknesses;
Medium: .013", .017", .026", .035", .045", and .056"
Light: .012", .016", .025", .032", .042", and .054"
Extra Light: .010", .014", .023", .030", .039", and .047"
I tend to use the lighter ones as they're easier on the fingers and allow a greater amount of bend - that said, the medium ones have more presence in the lower end of the aural spectrum (put simply, they're bassier), and are less likely to break. Tonally, I've found that the strings are excellent - nice and bright with a slight metallic twang (as opposed to a warmer sound). Oh, and in case you were wondering, the '80/20' in the product's title refers to the composition of the alloy.
Price & Longevity
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Currently, the strings cost £4.25 from Amazon - a price which is around the norm for a set of bronze acoustic strings. Actually they're around a pound cheaper than rival brand D'addario's bronze strings, and similarly Ernie Ball's offerings. In terms of their longevity - well, i've had a set of Martin strings on my Fender acoustic for over a year now, and they're showing little sign of degradation or rust. Normally, the first string to snap is the top E (frequently during tuning) - although I can honestly say that these Martin strings are just as good as any other brand I've used regarding frequency of snappage.
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Overall then, if you're after a decent set of acoustic guitar strings, then you should seriously consider Martin's reliable bronze 80/20's. Their price is reasonable, and considering the pleasant tone and longevity, I would argue that they offer good value for money.