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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
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By Roy
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!
  • Even tone from highs to lows, bright but not overly so, distinctive mid-range, last longer than my regular strings.
  • Needs 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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