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C.F. Martin Acoustic Guitar 12-String 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Silked, .010 - .047, MA500S

C.F. Martin Acoustic Guitar 12-String 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Silked, .010 - .047, MA500S
Manufacturer:
C. F. Martin
Manufacturer Part #:
MA500S
SKU:
CFM_MA500S
Price:
$10.99

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By Roy
Pennsylvania
Nice Sound!
November 10, 2019
I was looking a longer-lasting set of strings for my Martin D121 to replace my Martin SP Phosphor Bronze Extra Lights. I gig 12-14 hours per week and that doesn't include my own playing and practicing. I have to change those strings every 11-14 days, sometimes, every week. The ones I am reviewing are the new generation Authentic Acoustic Strings that are supposed to last longer and maintain their tone. Although they have a very even tone and clarity across the board (highs to lows) I did find them a little harder on my fingers than my regular strings. The sound was pleasing but lacked a little of the lower end that I was used to. In terms of longevity they did last about 14-18 days but then they just went flat/dull. I've used two different sets of these strings and had the same results. I was a little disappointed because I was growing to like the tone and made some EQ adjustments to compensate for the low end that I was used to and was missing with these strings. I wanted to love them and tried everything that I could to make them work (the way that I wanted them to). I like them, and will keep them on my Martin D12X1AE (that I use as a backup) because I don't play that one very often and the longer lasting strings should work well on that guitar. Good strings for the right guitar and player. Worth trying!
ProsEven tone from highs to lows, bright but not overly so, distinctive mid-range, last longer than my regular strings.
ConsNeeds a little more low end depth. When they lose their tone (become dull sounding) it's across all of the strings all at once (at least, in my experience).
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