Retro & Artist Choice
Bring out your guitar’s true voice with Retros or get the signature sound from Martin Guitar gurus with Artist Choice
Martin® Retro™ 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 acoustic guitar.
Clapton's Choice 92/8 Phosphor Bronze
Eric Clapton loves his Martin 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.
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 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.
Wrap wire, core wire, bronze, phosphor, Monel: learn what exactly makes our strings special, and why your favorite string is right for you
Our strings cross the world's biggest stages night after night, always holding true. Learn who's playing Martin Strings
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Find your perfect Martin strings. Choose by brightness, tension, style or artist’s choice.