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« on: December 20, 2011, 03:41:02 PM »

I recently put on some Martin SP phosphor bronzes and I am really liking them.  I had been using John Pearse mostly as of late and while the Martins don't sound hugely different or better, the plain strings seem to blend better tonally with the wound strings.  I suspect this might have something to do with the fact that they are bronze plated.  Anybody else notice this about their Martin SPs?
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 09:43:26 PM »

  I don't like em much. I like the T-shirts I got free when I bought 3 paks better. But they aren't really bad strings either. I have others I prefer more though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 07:52:39 AM »

 +1  like them
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 01:07:36 PM »

I did notice that they cost less (about 40% less in Canada, anyways). I'm a fan of John Pearse strings, but currently play Martin 80/20's just to try something new on my L-09. The Martin 80/20's do sound different - brighter - but I haven't noticed that the Martin PB's have a better (or worse) matching of strings. I'll look for that next time I put them on.
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 04:05:16 PM »

I haven't played 80/20s in ages but plan to do so soon.  I'm looking to get a little more openness around the mids.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 07:07:58 PM »

Well, the Holiday intake is already causing me some expanded mids!

My experiment with 80/20's made the L-09 more lively, but less "deep". Your experience may vary, of course. I really wasn't trying for anything in particular - just something different. No doubt there is a technical reason in the makeup of 80/20 strings to explain it all?
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 07:35:13 AM »

I love Martin SP phosphor bronzes strings. Iv been using them for so many years now. Best sounding strings Iv come across.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012, 04:15:35 PM »

+1  like them

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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 06:05:24 PM »

I used them for years till one day I bought some Marquis by accident.  I like them a lot better.  Seem a bit more bassy on my guitar, which I like. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2012, 06:56:05 PM »

I've always liked Martin strings. Consistent. Still like my EJ16s more though.
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2012, 07:58:02 PM »

I used them for years till one day I bought some Marquis by accident.  I like them a lot better.  Seem a bit more bassy on my guitar, which I like. 

I've tried Marquis and found them indistinct and muddy sounding.  To the point that the last time I tried them I ripped them back off within an hour.  I love the SP's though.
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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2012, 08:01:39 PM »

I've tried Marquis and found them indistinct and muddy sounding.  To the point that the last time I tried them I ripped them back off within an hour.  I love the SP's though.
I think it just depends on the guitar. I have two acoustics and what works on one doesn't really work on the other. Plus I use VERY thick picks, which always brightens things up. Sometimes too much.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2012, 01:54:50 PM »

I have been using the Martin SP lifespan PB light gauge which sound (to my ears) great, better than the EXP16s my L-02 came with.  The lifespans sound fairly similar to ordinary SPs just a little more shimmer and last twice as long (but they are twice the price but less string changes), I'm going to try teh bronze lifespans next:donut
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 02:55:28 PM »

I got some martin sp's in medium for christmas and i like the volume my l-03 puts out with them. Really nice sound. I recently just put on a set of Dr rares medium lights and I think there my new favorite string. I really like them.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2012, 03:06:09 PM »

DR is a serious string.  I had some on my mandolin that seemed to go on and on and on.  I was amazed not only of the lifespan,but also of the tightness and ability to hold tune, and the great tone. 
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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2012, 04:32:39 PM »

I have always used Daddario, but Guitar Center was selling SP 12 packs for $25 on Black Friday, so I picked up 2 packs.  I put a set of mediums on my D10 Brazilian in December, and they sound quite good.  I have played that guitar every day for 2 months now, and they don't seem to have lost much.
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2012, 01:17:18 AM »

SP's are the best strings available today, to my ears.  I also like the way they feel. I prefer PBs except on my Taylor DN3... it likes 80/20s better.

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2012, 04:07:55 AM »

I love Martin strings - standard, SPs, Marquis, and SP-Marquis. They always sound so rich and brimming with tone on my guitars. On their light sets, though, I just wish their 3rd was a 24 instead of a 25, and their 54 was a 53.
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