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Strings FAQ

Strings FAQ

Choosing Strings

How are Martin Strings different from other brands? 

How are Martin Strings different from other brands? 

We still make our own strings as we believe strings are important to the sound of the guitar. We put the same care and craftsmanship into the design, sourcing, and manufacturing of the strings as we do our guitars. We set the highest industry standards of quality and design for our SP core wire. All of our metals are sourced to our specifications. We design and build our string winding equipment. And each and every day we test our strings when we string up our guitars in the Martin factory. Discover the entire family of MARTIN STRINGS.

What is the difference between 92/8 phosphor bronze and 80/20 bronze? 

What is the difference between 92/8 phosphor bronze and 80/20 bronze? 

92/8 Phosphor bronze strings have a higher composition of copper blended into the metal than 80/20 bronze. Generally 80/20 bronze starts out with a bright attack and will mellow quickly while phosphor bronze maintains a warmer more consistent tone and with greater complexity. We generally string Martin Guitars with 92/8 phosphor bronze strings due to the consistency of the strings, however some models will ship with 80/20 bronze.

What is a silk and steel string/silk and phosphor string? 

What is a silk and steel string/silk and phosphor string? 

Traditional wound acoustic strings are based on a hex –shaped core wire with a single wrap of metal. We start with a round core wire and wrap it first with a soft material. We then wrap the modified core with the silver-plated copper (silk & steel) or 92/8 phosphor bronze (Silk & Phosphor). This process provides a subtle softness to the tone and creates a pleasant-feeling string under the finger. These strings are commonly used in folk and singer/songwriter genres.

Why do you offer so many gauges of strings?

Why do you offer so many gauges of strings?

We offer a broad selection of gauges and string types so you can find the best string for your style of play, instrument, and desired tone. In general, lighter gauge strings put less pressure on a top and will produce a lighter softer sound as well as reduce finger fatigue. Light gauges are often chosen by fingerstyle players and singer/songwriters. Heavier gauge strings will drive more energy to the top and therefore create more complex and louder sounds. Bluegrass, rock, and blues players tend to use heavier gauge strings. Our SP Flexible Core strings use a unique construction method to reduce finger fatigue, increase strings response, and maintain equivalent tension on the top as standard sets. SP Flexible Core strings are played by masters like Tommy Emmanuel yet are highly recommended for beginners.

What is a Marquis string? 

What is a Marquis string? 

We created our MARQUIS line to pamper your guitar by adding a soft wrap to the area near the ball-ends. This protective layer helps to prevent wear and tear on the bridge and end plate as you play. The added soft layer can also help seat loose bridge pins. Marquis strings put a comforting layer of protection in place every time you change your strings.

I don’t own a Martin guitar. Can I still use Martin strings? 

I don’t own a Martin guitar. Can I still use Martin strings? 

Yes. We have designed our strings such that they will fit on most brands and styles of acoustic guitars.

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