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C.F. Martin Classical Guitar Silver Plated Wound Ball End High Tension, .028 - .043, M-160

C.F. Martin Classical Guitar Silver Plated Wound Ball End High Tension, .028 - .043, M-160
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29% Recommend this product (2 of 7 responses)
New Jersey
March 4, 2021
My 1882 Martin is cross braced and requires nylon strings. However it has bridge pins like modern guitars and requires ball-end strings. Ball-end classical strings are hard to find, high tension ball-end even more so. Just Strings carries them, at a very reasonable price.
My only complaint is that I paid more for shipping and handling than the cost of the strings.
By Dow
Belton, Texas
Martin/Darco Bulk High Tension Classical Strings
January 18, 2021
I change my strings every 3 weeks 'cause I put in a lot of hours practicing, teaching and playing. It seems to me that Martin could save a lot of money in manufacturing costs by NOT putting ball ends on some of their bulk classical strings. I just cut the ball ends off, 'cause tieing the ends works better (and LOOKS better, too). Anybody at Martin listening? Some doofus made a wrong decision on this matter, in my opinion. I also have a string instrument repair shop and sell sets of strings I separate out from bulk strings so I can have a better price to the customer--not much money in it for me, but the customer appreciates the small savings, and I get work changing strings, cleaning and adjusting the guitars...............
By Matt
String Snapping Issue
December 5, 2015
I've been using D'Addario Pro Arte J45s for the last 30 years, but I only recently started using these Martin M-160s, mainly to try out ball end classical strings. So far I've been through five Martin M-160 sets. My assessment so far is that these two brands of strings are indistinguishable. I've yet to have an intonation problem with these Martins.

But, I found out that nylon strings in general, both trebles and basses, are more likely to break when secured by a ball-end than by being tied in the traditional manner.

I found this out by switching back to the Pro Arté strings but tying knots at the end of them and using the knots as ball ends. I never had a problem with them breaking before, but when secured by only a knot end, like a ball end, a few of them broke??the strings broke, not the knots. The breaks have so far been about a centimeter from the knot or ball-end. (I made 'double overhand' knots, which are simple 'stopper knots', which are big enough to not go through the hole. I marked the slack ends of the treble strings with a sharpie to measure any slippage, and there was none. Again, each knot was still a knot after the break.)

To protect against breakage I now wrap the treble E and B strings around the bridge block so the string goes through the hole twice. Unfortunately the holes are too small to do this with the other strings. For those I'm thinking about making a tight fitting sleeve which fits over the string and in the hole, to see if that helps.
By Bob
Martin M160 Nylon Strings
November 4, 2011
I love the Martin Nylon Strings, ...only problem with the "ball end" is that the 1st string almost always pulls through the ball end after it's been tuned to pitch. It may take a day or two but it will happen. I have contacted Martin at least three times regarding this, and was assured it would be "looked into". They even sent me a couple of packs free to compensate me. Only problem was, the strings they sent me also had the same issue! I am waiting for a reply from Martin as I write this review. If the problem is not fixed ASAP I will choose another brand.
By Dara K.
For the right guitar, these are surprisingly good.
October 8, 2010
My partner Anna has a 50-ish-year-old classical guitar made by Harmony, once known as "the best you'll get for what you're willing to pay." I've made a small number of corrections to manufacturing sloppiness, and repaired the damage made when some fool tried to string it with steel, but mostly, it turns out that 50 years of seasoning will make even one of these sound really quite sweet - once you find the right strings for it.

These are those right strings. It took going through a lot of different sets to find the strings that'll bring out what this guitar has to offer, but once we got here, the match was instantly clear. If you have an older classical of this sort - not ever top quality, but competent, and improving with age - and if you suspect it has more in it than it's been willing to tell you, try this set. It might be exactly what you need.
By Evan
Martin silverplated ball end classical guitar strings
June 21, 2010
I bought these strings at a guitar shop downtown paris ontario where i live, and both E strings snapped within an hour of putting them on the guitar.
By tom w.
martin classical strings
January 29, 2010
Great strings!!! Martin of course!!!!






1st E

Clear Polished Nylon



2nd B

Clear Polished Nylon



3rd G

Clear Polished Nylon



4th D

Silverplated Wound



5th A

Silverplated Wound



6th E

Silverplated Wound




"Martin Strings are high quality strings for daily use. That's what distinguishes them from other brands. Core and wrap wires must meet strict requirements in order to make the grade. Martin Strings are wound to precise specifications. Available in 80/20 Bronze, Silk & Steel, and Nylon.

Today's acoustic guitarists demand strings with great response and superb brilliance. Martin Phosphor Bronze strings are made from 92/8 composition to give that superior brilliance, clarity, and longevity of sound required by serious guitarists. The Phosphor Bronze winding alloy is ideally suited for making strings that have deep, rich basses and clear, bright trebles.

Our Cryogenic Strings are produced to the same high quality standards as Martin Strings. An additional step in the manufacturing process exposes the strings to extremely low temperatures (-300° F), a process used in "high tech" industrial applications where consistent hardness of metal materials is required."

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