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Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Martin SP Lifespan strings are the next level in studio performance. Treated for long life, they repel dirt, grit and other environmental elements that can quickly alter the sound of your strings. The... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Martin SP Lifespan strings are the next level in studio performance. Treated for long life, they repel dirt, grit and other environmental elements that can quickly alter the sound of your strings. The treatment is so incredibly thin, you won't even know it's there. SP Lifespans are designed to last longer and sound better so you can play on!

Features
  • SP Lifespan acoustic guitar strings
  • Treated with Cleartone proprietary technology
Specifications
  • Item #: MSP6100
    Material: 80/20 Bronze
    Tension: 160.5
    Gauge: 12 | 16 | 25 | 32 | 42 | 54
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on Martin Backpackers, Little Martins and Ukuleles. Limited lifetime on other Martin guitars.


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MartinMSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Long life (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Balanced, woody tone.

I typically use the Lifespan Phosphor Bronze but wanted to give these a try. I use a Takamine EF that tends to overemphasize the high frequencies on the B and E strings. These strings...Read complete review

I typically use the Lifespan Phosphor Bronze but wanted to give these a try. I use a Takamine EF that tends to overemphasize the high frequencies on the B and E strings. These strings calmed down the brightness and gave it a more balanced sound. Exactly what I was looking to do. I think with these, you lose some of the harmonic overtones of the PB strings, but I like the simpler, woody tones of the 80/20's. The only negative thing I can say about them is that they have a slight sticky feel on my fingers- mostly on the low E and A strings. Don't know if it's the coating or what. I'm assuming that will go away after I play them more. Overall, I really like these strings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Horrible strings.

First off, let me say that the reason I mark these as "strong" is because it's near-impossible to snap a Martin string. That's about the only good part about this,...Read complete review

First off, let me say that the reason I mark these as "strong" is because it's near-impossible to snap a Martin string. That's about the only good part about this, and you could get that out of a set of uncoated SPs.

I bought these as a replacement for Elixir Nanowebs on my new Taylor 214ce because Elixirs sounded thin to me and I've been a loyal Martin string user for a good two years. The first three or four hours they were on the guitar, I was hopeful; ecstatic, even. They weren't as "new-sounding" as Elixirs, but they definitely brought out the wood tones of my guitar and gave it a good low end Elixirs just don't seem to offer.

I cased up the guitar and went to bed feeling honky dory, then woke up the next day to strum a G chord and find that the strings sounded like a 2-month old pair of uncoated SPs!

These now two-day old strings not only sound bad, but the coating makes them FEEL two months old. The strings do feel a bit "sticky", but I was willing to compromise a little ease of play for long-lasting tone. HOWEVER, waking up to an overpriced set of day-old dead strings has me completely turned off to these.

Stick with uncoated SPs. Tone actually lasts LONGER with them, in my experience.

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5.0

Brought my old guitar back.

By Old George

from Eastern Oregon

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    After being away from playing for a while, I came back. I was told my 40 yr old guitar needed replacing, but instead I purchased a set of these strings. What a difference a new set of strings makes. These strings have a nice warm sound but with a bit of brightness in the higher "E" which is where it's needed.
    That was 6 months ago. My old guitar sounds like new even after practicing everyday and jamming at least twice a week. The lower "E" string does get a little sticky, until I cleaned the strings. Its so nice to be able to play again on my old friend. These strings are easy on older fingers too.

     
    5.0

    Best strings out there!

    By Ty

    from Danville, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Hands down the best strings on the market. Great tone and super long life. Feels like a natural uncoated string. Love them!

       
      5.0

      My Favorite!

      By Tim

      from Alabama

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Love The Warm Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Anything

      Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I've tried several of the high-end strings, but I really love the Martin LifeSpan SP.

       
      5.0

      Balanced, woody tone.

      By Groovy Jones

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Slightly

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I typically use the Lifespan Phosphor Bronze but wanted to give these a try. I use a Takamine EF that tends to overemphasize the high frequencies on the B and E strings. These strings calmed down the brightness and gave it a more balanced sound. Exactly what I was looking to do. I think with these, you lose some of the harmonic overtones of the PB strings, but I like the simpler, woody tones of the 80/20's. The only negative thing I can say about them is that they have a slight sticky feel on my fingers- mostly on the low E and A strings. Don't know if it's the coating or what. I'm assuming that will go away after I play them more. Overall, I really like these strings.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Action & Tone + Durable

        By John Murray

        from Rockland, NY

        Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        These are the only strings I'll use on my Martin 00015. Great action; with just enough tension. Wonderful tone without being too bright (I hate super Bright strings) These are really warm and perfect for finger picking. Amazing for recording. So far (knock on guitar wood) these never pop on me between string changes. [Note: I've tried the ERIC's CHOICE Martin strings in the same class and they squeeeeeeeeek like crazy. Never again.]

         
        5.0

        SP 6100 80/20 Bronze Lifespan Coated Aco

        By drswing

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Lower Lows Higher Highs

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Praise And Worship

          Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I have used Martin MSP7100 Lifespan(Phosphor Bronze), prior on my Martin Guitar and wanted to try the MSP6100 Lifespan(Bronze), since I have used regular Martin Bronze strings in the past and enjoyed the tone. I heard a considerable difference in tone. Very bright sounding with lower lows and higher highs. I use a .38mm pick and for some reason the bronze work well with the thin pick. I will buy more of the MSP6100 Martin Lifespan SP.

           
          2.0

          Nice tone but fleeting

          By Twanger

          from Central PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These started out having a crisp balanced tone with a strong sustaining bass. Unfortunately this lasted a couple weeks and in no time became muted and dull. And these stings don't look new when you put them on, a dull brown rather than the usual bright bronze color. If the new tone would last longer, they'd be worth it. I'd rather use the straight Martin SPs

               
              1.0

              Horrible strings.

              By Buddy

              from Kentucky

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Strong

              Cons

              • Not Consistent
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                First off, let me say that the reason I mark these as "strong" is because it's near-impossible to snap a Martin string. That's about the only good part about this, and you could get that out of a set of uncoated SPs.

                I bought these as a replacement for Elixir Nanowebs on my new Taylor 214ce because Elixirs sounded thin to me and I've been a loyal Martin string user for a good two years. The first three or four hours they were on the guitar, I was hopeful; ecstatic, even. They weren't as "new-sounding" as Elixirs, but they definitely brought out the wood tones of my guitar and gave it a good low end Elixirs just don't seem to offer.

                I cased up the guitar and went to bed feeling honky dory, then woke up the next day to strum a G chord and find that the strings sounded like a 2-month old pair of uncoated SPs!

                These now two-day old strings not only sound bad, but the coating makes them FEEL two months old. The strings do feel a bit "sticky", but I was willing to compromise a little ease of play for long-lasting tone. HOWEVER, waking up to an overpriced set of day-old dead strings has me completely turned off to these.

                Stick with uncoated SPs. Tone actually lasts LONGER with them, in my experience.

                 
                4.0

                great product

                By gray wolf

                from shenandoah va

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Good For Any Picking
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  i have alot of guitars and the martin lifespan strings work great on all my acoustic martin guitars and othres as well i would use them again and would recmend them to others

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Sounding, and Long Lasting!

                  By AlanD.

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin MSP6100 SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      If you love the classic sound of Martin 80/20 strings, these deliver! They feel good, look good, and sound great, and they last very long, at least 2 months of daily playing. They are a bit pricy and I would like to see them drop to the price level of Elixit strings, however they DO deliver the classic Martin sound, and they DO last MUCH longer than ordinary Martin 80/20 strings. Also they do not peel or look bad like Elixirs do, even after extensive hammering of the strings! Try them! Because if you love Martin 80/20 strings, you'll love these Martin Lifespan 80/20's for sure!

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