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Retro & Artist Choice

Retro & Artist Choice

Bring out your guitar’s true voice with Retros or get the signature sound from Martin Guitar gurus with Artist Choice

Retro

Martin® Retro™ acoustic guitar strings are crafted from a long-lasting proprietary nickel-based alloy blend that mellows quickly to a warm vintage tone that brings out the unique, woody sounds in your guitar.

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Weight E B G D A E Tension Model
Light .012 .015 .025 .031 .041 .054 163.33 MM12 BUY NOW
Custom Light .011 .014 .023 .031 .041 .052 149.80 MM11 BUY NOW

Clapton's Choice 92/8 Phosphor Bronze

Eric Clapton loves his Martin acoustic guitar strings so much that he wanted to endorse them. We are proud and honored that C.F. Martin makes the strings that Eric trusts to produce his legendary guitar sounds. What does Eric have to say about Martin Strings? "When I play acoustic guitar, whether in a studio or on stage, Martin Strings are my choice. They deliver the sound that I demand." Music to our ears.

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Weight E B G D A E Tension Model
Light .012 .016 .025 .032 .042 .054 164.8 MEC12 BUY NOW
Medium .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056 186.2 MEC13 BUY NOW

Tony Rice Bluegrass

Legendary Bluegrass artist, Tony Rice, played Martin Monel strings loyally on Clarence White's 1935 D28 until they became unavailable in the 1970's and he has been missing them ever since. The talented sound engineers at Martin Guitar worked hand-in-hand with Tony to bring back to life his favorite sound — Martin Monels. When the new formula was perfected, and Tony put them on his guitar, he said "Welcome back, old friend." Tony's favorite thing about Martin Monels acoustic guitar strings is that they don't change the timbre of the guitar. The compound, nickel-based alloy mellows very quickly to allow the natural, woody sounds of the guitar to pour from the sound hole, unaltered, from the very first strum.

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Weight E B G D A E Tension Model
Bluegrass .013 .016 .026 .034 .044 .056 184.9 MTR13 BUY NOW

String Training

String Training

Wrap wire, core wire, bronze, phosphor, Monel: learn what exactly makes our strings special, and why your favorite string is right for you

Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Our strings cross the world's biggest stages night after night, always holding true. Learn who's playing Martin Strings

Pro Tips

Pro Tips

Learn how to string your 6-string, 12-string, which strings, when to change strings, and more, direct from the Pro Dave Doll, right here at Martin Guitar

String Selector

String Selector

Find your perfect Martin strings. Choose by brightness, tension, style or artist’s choice.

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