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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 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 al...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Guages: .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054

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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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 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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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.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

    Does what Martin says they will do

    By Flubber

    from New Hampshire

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Mellow

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        In my opinion, Martin delivers on what they promise with this string. You hear the personality of the guitar shine through more than the personality of the string. They get past that "too new" sound more quickly than PB or brass. If you love the way PB sounds after a week, give these a try. If you really dig that new string sound, these may not be for you.

         
        4.0

        Goto Strings

        By Marc

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Martin MM12 Retro Series Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Strings sound good and last well if cleaned well after use.

         
        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

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            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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              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

              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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