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Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054Martin’s proprietary Nickel/Copper alloy blend wrap wire provides for a reduced pick attack and allows the guitar’s tonewoods to be heard, not overshadowed. It off... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Martin’s proprietary Nickel/Copper alloy blend wrap wire provides for a reduced pick attack and allows the guitar’s tonewoods to be heard, not overshadowed. It offers a uniquely mellow, yet crisp, sound. Martin’s wrap is a solid Nickel/Copper blend, not nickel-plated, meaning there is no chance for defects to allow for corrosion. Martin's proprietary wrap is naturally strong and corrosion-resistant, so much so that it has been used in the propeller of dreadnought battleships and various machinery and tooling applications.

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Manufacturer's Warranty
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinMM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just wait

At first i was not happy. Bought these to replace the earnie ball earthwoods i was using on my rph-05. Ernie has been my go to since i first started playing. But...Read complete review

At first i was not happy. Bought these to replace the earnie ball earthwoods i was using on my rph-05. Ernie has been my go to since i first started playing. But they made my little parlor sound almost sickly sweet. GC Lansing recommended the retros. Told me to give em a chance. Out the pack the tones were almost harsh. But i gave it a day. I practice 4-6 hours a day so breaking in for me comes quick. Day 3 these things sound like they were made for this guitar. I will be trying a few more brands as I've only been playing since December. But these will be on my guitar till they die lol. Absolutely loving the deep woody tones and clear mids and the high ring true without breaking a ear drum.

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I will not buy again

Strings feel loose to me. Sound like my phosphorous bronze when they need changing. I know strings are about personal preference. Just not for me.

Strings feel loose to me. Sound like my phosphorous bronze when they need changing. I know strings are about personal preference. Just not for me.

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2.0

I will not buy again

By Ron

from undisclosed

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Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

Strings feel loose to me. Sound like my phosphorous bronze when they need changing. I know strings are about personal preference. Just not for me.

 
5.0

mm12

By Mo

from Missouri

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I've had my 00017 for two months and mostly play finger style delta blues. These strings and the guitar produce the sound that I was looking for. Just as easy on your fingers as elixrs imho and not nearly as pricy.They will continue to be on this guitar.

       
      5.0

      Great tone and they last forever!

      By Terry

      from Lenoir City TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I used Elixers years ago when they were the "new thing", was never impressed with their tone. Since then I bounced around to other brands until about 5 years ago when I tried Martin Phosphor Bronze. It's been Martin strings ever since.
        Love the Retros - even more than the Phosphor Bronze

         
        3.0

        Would not buy again.

        By BlueRiff

        from Cedar Lake, IN

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Not for me. It made playing easier because of the lighter tension but lost volume and high end definition.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just wait

        By Hank

        from Bellevue MI

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          At first i was not happy. Bought these to replace the earnie ball earthwoods i was using on my rph-05. Ernie has been my go to since i first started playing. But they made my little parlor sound almost sickly sweet. GC Lansing recommended the retros. Told me to give em a chance. Out the pack the tones were almost harsh. But i gave it a day. I practice 4-6 hours a day so breaking in for me comes quick. Day 3 these things sound like they were made for this guitar. I will be trying a few more brands as I've only been playing since December. But these will be on my guitar till they die lol. Absolutely loving the deep woody tones and clear mids and the high ring true without breaking a ear drum.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great strings

          By SteveH

          from Amherst, MA

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These bring out the natural sound in my guitar. Sound great for a month and good for six when I'm too lazy to change them. I can't imagine using anything else.

               
              5.0

              Great for Martin 00L-17

              By Mikey V

              from Philadelphia, PA.

              Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              Bought these for a Martin 00L-17 because that was what Martin recommended and prefer them over the Martin Acoustic and Acoustic SP strings for this guitar. Just when I thought I couldn't love this guitar any more than I already do. Did Martin make these strings specifically for this guitar?

               
              5.0

              Worth in on my Gibson J15

              By guitar

              from Seattle

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I've got these on my Gibson J15; the previous strings were a bronze type and made the guitar sound too bright and harsh. For a J45(or J15 in my case) these strings bring out the tone of the guitar better. I'm sold on these for my J45's and J15!

               
              5.0

              Only strings on my acoustic Martins

              By mojo

              from TX

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Great tone and playability

                 
                5.0

                I will buy these again

                By docdave602

                from Kcmo

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I love the way they play, soft and smooth

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Vintage Sound

                  By Chris in Ohio

                  from Terrace Park, Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      These strings really bring out the resonance and brightness, particularly with my Martin D-18 Authentic (a 1939 reproduction).
                      These are the only strings that will go on this acoustic guitar!

                       
                      4.0

                      Good Sound

                      By Hoss

                      from Montana

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Play
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          I feel obligated to mention that I am effectively a novice. I'm still re-learning to play because Real Life got in the way and forced a long layoff. Too, I don't know what you like or whether these strings will fit your needs, but I like the sound I get with them. I play mostly country, folk, and early (1950s and 1960s) rock and pop songs because that's music with which I grew up. I also haven't had them long enough to judge whether they're long lasting, but I guess they'll last as long as I need them before I have to replace them. Can't realistically ask for more.

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