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Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Martin SP Flexible Core strings have a thin, but strong core wire and a thicker wrap wire, which allows them to be flexible and easy on the fingers while holding standard... Read More

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Martin SP Flexible Core strings have a thin, but strong core wire and a thicker wrap wire, which allows them to be flexible and easy on the fingers while holding standard tension. SP Flexible Core strings feel soft to the touch, making them ideal for beginners. But don't be fooled by comfort! Just ask Tommy Emmanuel, who performs with Martin's SP Flexible Core strings night after night. With SP Flexible Core, you get total flexibility and total control.

Features
  • Set: FX130
  • Gauge: Custom
  • Tension: 128
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MartinFX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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4.0

Great transition string

By Bandyman

from Colorado

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Strong

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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    A good choice for those new to acoustics, looking for a mellow vintage tone, or those with hand issues.

    These will not have a normal phosphor tone that has been titled "bell like". They mellow very quickly after installed and keep their "broken in" intended sound consistently. They do provide more presence than silk & steels with the same principal of being very flexible with a mellow tone compared to phosphors. Great choice for those new to acoustic, players looking for flexible strings, or anyone with hand conditions.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    As a fingerstylist...

    By Daniel Martin

    from Baltimore, MdD

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    As a fingerstylist, you tend to reach a point in your playing life where you start to look beyond the typical, in search of specific tonal qualities you may be looking for. I had heard that Martin had done some focus grouping for fingerstylists and developed strings catered to the style of playing, so naturally I took these bad boys for a spin. To better get a picture of the sound, I'll explain the overall impression of the string from the player's point of view (myself), and an outside listener's perspective (my fianc?, who is also a guitarist). As the player, these were the most ridiculously easy strings to play I have ever experienced. They play with the softest touch, allowing the player to focus on nuances and details in the demonstration if their sound instead of the dreaded slur and buzzing you tend to get past fret 7. I felt that the sound of the strings blended the archetypical metallic phosphor bronze sound with a little bit of warmth and "roundness" that silk and steel strings are characteristic of, producing a balanced piano like quality with notably great sustain...for the bass and mid strings, at least. My primary problem with these strings comes with the flimsy B and e strings, which sound and feel too low gauge to compete with the other strings. The trebles were just too weak to keep up, which is a fairly deadly kiss for fingerstyle strings. Harmonics on those strings sounded notably weak and "clicky", as the sound of plucking the string overwhelmed the actual harmonic, no matter how soft you attack. My fianc? felt that the strings sounded "tinny and weak"; "I couldn't focus on the music or the message of whatever you were playing because I couldn't get over how weak the strings sounded, or the click of the strings against the fret board [especially in altered tunings]". That is a very fair assessment; if you are playing anything altered that deviates lower than standard, then these strings are not for you. Overall, I was impressed with the tonal qualities of the string, don't get me wrong. I just feel as if the strings aren't well balanced given the tinny and wimpy trebles. I can only recommend them for those sticking to standard tuning and are looking for a efficient, stupidly easy string to play with a solid phosphor bronze sound...given you don't stray from standard.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    'love these Martin FX Silk and Phosphor

    By Giacomo James

    from New York

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Martin FX Silk and Phosphor Strings are true to the manufacturer�ۡ���s description: (i) a sweet and melodic (ii) with remarkable playability at any fret position (iii) increased durability (iv) stay in tune and play longer (v) reduces finger fatigue and (vi) permits quicker transitions from string to string. In my case, the transition is from Nylon to Steel and I am exceedingly pleased with how comfortably these strings allow me to shift from classical/flamenco guitar to finger-picking on my new Huss & Dalton.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You Got to try them

    By Tom

    from Pemberton Township , NJ

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I play two to three hrs. a day. They stay in tune and the sound of the stings is the same as SP4050 martins, it feels like you are play on an electic guitar stings. so far no buzz from the stings. said it before you got to try them.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't use with locking tuners

    By John

    from Aliquippa, PA

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    The silk layer seems to reduce the friction of the winding layer over the core enough that locking tuners (I've got Sperzels) will simply rip the winding off of the core. I tried two sets, it happened on both. I won't try them again unless I'm using standard tuners that wrap the strings.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really nice sound and feel

    By Steve

    from Apple Valley, MN

    Comments about Martin FX130 Silk and Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I was sent a set of the Martin FX130 strings by Martin's Owner Club recently and just fell in love with them. The far superior feel, absence of string buzz, and tonal quality can't be beat in my book. I have always used Martin strings - usually the SP series - but have found a new favorite in these FX130's. Certainly worth a try, if like me, you want the most in sound from your Martin or other acoustic guitar.

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