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C.F. Martin Acoustic Guitar Clapton's Choice 92/8 Phosphor Bronze, .012 - .054, MEC12

C.F. Martin Acoustic Guitar Clapton's Choice 92/8 Phosphor Bronze, .012 - .054, MEC12
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36% Recommend this product (8 of 22 responses)
By Jud
Cambridge MA
Martin strings
December 2, 2022
Sounds great, looks good, quick delivery, high cost of shipping. Missed a good motorcycle trip….
By Wade W.
Great strings.
March 10, 2022
You win two times when you choose Clapton's Choice and deal with JustStrings. #1 is obvious. #2 you don't have to listen to someone at Guitar Center who knows nothing about what he/ she is trying sell.
By Michael
Great strings! Always use them
January 12, 2022
Great strings, great feel. I use them on my Martin 00028 EC. Twang!
I’ve been working on old blues and these are great.
Great price & sound I don?t have any
By Paul
Great on an ovation
August 26, 2021
Use these strings on my ovation acoustic. Just right, not to too bright and very well balanced tone. Good quality and consistent from set to set. Not sure if Eric uses them or not but I recamend them if your looking for warm, rich tone.
By Louie
St.Louis, MO
Deep Tone
May 6, 2021
These strings have a substantial feel. They hold their tuning in my area where the humidity changes daily. They are durable and feel and respond in my Goldy Locks zone.
By Anonymous
Charlotte NC
Great Buys
December 19, 2020
A great deal on great products.
Great price
By Bob A.
Good strings, but cheaper elsewhere
September 28, 2020
Watch out for the shipping & handling charges. These are not coated, "treated", or otherwise messed with. They are PB strings. They have more tension than most strings of the same gauge. They stay in tune better also. But some people find them lacking in warmth. I suggest they simply take a long time to break in - mellow out, if you will.
Uncoated real phosphor-bronze strings - which are getting difficult to find these days, with the absurd fad of "coating" everything in (gak!) plastic. They are stiffer (have more tension) than other strings of the same gauge.
By gp
Clapton's Choice Strings
July 1, 2020
Removed strings soon after installation. Not comfortable, nor easy to play.
By Robert T.
Lexington, KY
Great Strings at a Great Price
November 9, 2019
The best uncoated phosphor bronze strings available today.
Great phosphor bronze sound and feel. Great price. None.
By Jim
Clapton light gauge set
September 11, 2016
I had been using Martin phosphor bronze, light SP sets on my old late '60s Martin D28, and then I tried these. I found them clearer, just as warm and stayed in tune better than the SPs for some reason. They also were easier to tune and had better intonation. I'm staying with the Clapton set.
By Ron
Clapton Signature strings
July 6, 2016
On my Martin these strings sound deep, warm with a nice high end when finger picking. Light strumming with your nails will provide that high end shimmer with still nice bass underneath. Leads will provide a great responsiveness from pointy to twang. Absolute my fav.
ClaptonME12 AND 13'S
February 25, 2015
Was reading a review here about a persons Clapton strings going dead after only a week. We've never experience this with these strings. Although I could see players getting the terminology wrong when talking about New string sound versus One week Old sound. The one week sound may be deemed dead by some, but I'd venture to say...not others! We do sympathize though. Our suggestion is to play through your acoustic amp while practicing, adding brightness[treble] to the mix. That way you are still enjoying the "new string sound", while playing through the useable life span of the string "correctly". Then when it comes time to gig or record, change to a fresh set of strings. The best of both worlds, as it were.
Hope this helps someone.
Good, bright, uncoated strings will not sound their best for too awful long, but compared to long life coated strings, they are far superior, in our humble opinion.
By Mike
Excellent tone and playability
February 3, 2015
I suppose we all hear things somewhat differently, but I could not disagree more with the review which describes these strings as bright and "tingy". I find them to have an excellent tone, quite warm and capable of responding to nuances in playing. For some guitars, these have replaced my old favorite John Pearse 610LM, which I chose specifically because the silk wraps remove the bright and "tingy" sound often found with new phosphor bronze strings.

The MEC strings have a flexibility similar to the FX series, but to my ear offer a clearer tone in the bass register.
By Gtrdancer1
Extremely bright and tingy
May 28, 2014
I bought these strings as an alternative and experimental change to my usual D'Addario Phosher Bronze (EJ-16) that I've used for the last 15 yrs . I recently got my first Martin (D-28). I had been looking for a light gauge string that specifically had a .054 for the 6th E string. D'Addario's don't offer that. I play fingerstyle. I don't flat pick. I play New Age/classical with rock/folk roots. I wanted a sound that did not have harsh high end "sparkle" or shrillness, yet wasn't so warm that it sounded completely 'dead', either. I tried these only to find them exceptionally bright and on the annoying side of high end tingyness. When changing strings, I did so one at a time to compare to the old set, plucking in different ways to get every tone I could. The 4th and 3rd strings were the main culprits. The tingyiest ones. They didn't work out for my application, but if you have an inherently "warm" or "muddy" sounding guitar and you want to brighten it up, this is the string for you. But, if you have a nice new out of the box "rosewood/mahogany and spruce" and you *don't* desire shrillness..or ridiculous high end frequencies, try something else perhaps. (No disrespect to Eric, btw).
By CW W.
C.F. Martin Clapton's Choice Strings
October 3, 2011
These are great strings...shame I hadn't tried them until I purchased a Martin 000-28EC model. Great tone and feel. I just put them on a Custom Shop 000 that I have and what a difference. I am going to try the medium gauge on my Martin dreadnaught as well. Thank you Just Strings for a quick turn around and excellent service. I will not buy strings from anywhere else!
By Jim C.
Martin, Clapton strings
June 27, 2011
Good price, good delivery, very good strings. I only use these strings on my D-35. They sound great.
By Nick
June 20, 2011
These are extremely bright strings when new, but tend to lose their edge fairly quickly. Depending on the tonal qualities of your guitar, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. They sound good on my 000-28 EC, but I will probably continue searching for the "ultimate" strings for each of my guitars. Recommended.
By Will
January 5, 2011
The strings were great! What really impressed me was the speed of delivery and the goodies. Can't wait to place another order.
By Guillis
C.F. Martin Acoustic Guitar Clapton's Choice 92/8 Phosphor Bronze
October 26, 2010
Very good string.
By Art D.
Clapton's Choice
October 10, 2010
Very impressed with these strings, much better than the strings I've used from Martin. Strings really sound alive.
By pdawg
clapton's choice martin strings
August 30, 2010
Clapton's choice strings are the best sounding strings I have used so far on my DC-16 RGTE acoustic -electric guitar. The only negative issue I have with them is that they went dead in less than a week. I love the sound of fresh strings. Once they lose that fresh sound I have to change them because I do not enjoy playing the guitar with dull sounding strings. I will purchase more of Clapton's Choice strings because they have such great tone when new and the price per set makes this possible.
By MartyL
December 29, 2009
We use these on our Martin D-28 - they provide a good balance of tone and playability and are inexpensive. They record very well and just sound blues-roots-rockin. However, don't expect a set to last more than 4 - 6 weeks in regular play (that's where they lose one star); not a problem cost-wise if you don't mind swapping strings. Oddly, they can be hard to find -- but you can always get them here at JustStrings.






1st E

Silvered Steel (Lock Twist)



2nd B

Silvered Steel (Lock Twist)



3rd G

Phosphor Bronze Wound



4th D

Phosphor Bronze Wound



5th A

Phosphor Bronze Wound



6th E

Phosphor Bronze Wound



Clapton’s Choice™

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