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Martin Retro Monel Acoustic Guitar Strings

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$6.99List Price $9.99

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Martin Monel Retro Strings


A new take on an old favorite - Martin Retro™ Strings are crafted from monel, a long-lasting, nickel-based alloy blend, this unique formula mellows quickly to a warm, vintage tone that brings out the natural, woody sounds in your acoustic guitar. Martin Retros provide a rich foundation on rhythm and crisp, clean notes on lead. And the qualities of this unique alloy give the strings a soft touch that make bends and slides feel effortless. Martin Retros are available in light and custom light gauges and are suitable for all genres of music.


Gauges:


MM12 Light 12-15-25-31-41-54

MM11 Custom Light 11-14-23-31-41-52

MM13 Medium/Light 13-17-24-32-42-56

MTR13 Bluegrass 13-16-26-34-44-56

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Reviews

Martin Retro Monel Acoustic Guitar Strings
$6.99
4.5 Stars based on 19 Review(s)
seadancer
S.F. Bay area
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great tone and feel
November 5, 2015
Put this on my Rainsong WS1000, and all I can say is - fabulous! Great crisp tone and a superb feel. I'm so impressed I'm going to dig out my old Martin and re-string it.
Pros:
Tone - crisp, great for fast picking Feel - soft, as most like the half-rounds that I use on my electric archtop.
Cons:
What did I do with these sets of Martin SP

Chris Davis
Central Connecticut
2 Stars

Dull and Lifeless.
November 4, 2015
I am a huge fan of Martin strings, SPs in particular, so I was eager to give these a shot. I was pretty disappointed with their sound on my D-35. They started out very bright, almost shrill and then very rapidly turned dull and lifeless. While PB strings degrade slowly and sweetly in a way, these just dropped off a cliff. They seemed to make an exceptional guitar ordinary. Feeling that maybe they would sound better on a smaller bodied guitar, I tried a set on my 00-15m, but again, they seemed to stifle the musical subtleties of the guitar. They didn't ring, they just kind of thumped, but not in a warm woody way like aging PB strings. Perhaps they sound better on another guitar, but they are definitely not for me.
Cons:
Shrill when new, turning dull quickly.

Joe
Montreal
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Strings
October 27, 2015
Sound great, easy to play and last a long time. Sounds more like my guitar (more body). Does not produce the new strings overly bright sound, that I do not like.

Alexander
Israel
3 Stars

Not what I've expected
October 9, 2015
After reading great reviews I gave em a shot. I am Disappointed. They sound dull and too quiet on my Seagull S6 guitar. Maybe they sound better om a spruce topped guitars.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Dull Quiet

L0ren
KY USA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great for Archtops
October 7, 2015
The alloy for these strings is mostly nickel, I think, but they're louder than pure nickel. I play acoustic archtops, as well as archtops with floating pickups, and these Monel strings provide that old-time jazz/swing tone much better than bronze strings, and they work far better than bronze with Johnny Smith-type pickups. Long life, great intonation, good balance, and I've never broken one so far. Have been using them for nearly a year now. I recommend them for archtops. I haven't tried them yet on a flattop.

kirk
Champaign, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great strings, vintage tone
August 19, 2015
Have been using these on a Martin OM guitar, and they have a great, vintage tone.
Pros:
Great tone, last nearly as long as coated strings.
Cons:
none

Jeff
Utah
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Goes great with my Mahogany Martin!
July 22, 2015
I've used these exclusively on my Martin OM-15 for the past 6 months or so, and am wowed every time I pick up the guitar. These strings are beautifully balanced and produce a very warm, mellow tone that compliments the natural sound of mahogany and vocals really well. And they last me much longer than Lifespan SP's ever have.
Pros:
Very warm and balanced tone. Great feel and longivity.

Chip Bach
Palm City, FL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Phosphor Bronze Convert!
June 25, 2015
I've played Martin SPs, Elixers, and D'addario EXPs on my D18 for quite some time but thought I'd give these a try. Glad I did! Not only is the sound great, but they seem to get better the more I play them. They're on their 3rd week now and still sound great! I also like the slightly lighter gauge on the 2nd and 3rd strings without compromising the rich bass.
Pros:
Tone, longevity, price.
Cons:
None, really, but you'll have to get accustom to the gauge and tone differences if you play traditional PB mediums.

Daryl
Kentucky
3 Stars

Just OK
April 21, 2015
I put these strings on a Larrivee LV-03 and was not impressed. They sound OK but not good enough for me to purchase again. They are like putting electric guitar strings on an acoustic. Too bright. Not warm sounding. I'll stick to the PB's. Strings and Beyond is a great company, I will buy from them again. I just didn't like these strings.
Pros:
They stay in tune well.
Cons:
Did not like the sound of the strings on this guitar.

Gary Tremel
Oklahoma
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Not bad!
April 8, 2015
I decided to try a set of these because they are made of Monel. I use Monel rivets in my aerospace work, so I was curious. I knew Tony Rice endorsed them, but I waited until standard gauges came out. Hello Martin Retro. I bought the Light Gauge strings and I was favorably impressed. Nice, natural sound. Not quite as bright as a new set of Phosphor Bronze or the Elixirs I've been using exclusively for the past five years. My hands eat up uncoated bronze strings with just a couple hours of practice. The Elixirs will last me for months, but they start to lose intonation before they go dead. I've had the Retros on my Collings dreadnaught for a couple of months now, and I'm surprised by how good they still sound. No rust or major funk either. I'm going to have to stay with these for awhile on at least one of my guitars.
Pros:
Nice tone for flatpicking. Not rusting. Decent longevity. Fair price.
Cons:
Haven't found any yet. I'm not a finger picker, but I think these strings are more geared to flatpick.

Timothy
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Light and responsive
March 26, 2015
I have these strings (12-53) on my D-18 and couldn't be happier. They don't have that raspy metallic jangle that I associate with so many strings on the market. They also have a looser feel than phosphor bronze. By looser, I mean a lighter touch when fretting notes and chords. This is a nice quality for older or smaller hands where fretting notes is harder.
Pros:
Very user friendly, authentic, non-invasive tone, not squeaky. I feel like I'm hearing my guitar rather than my strings. Love these strings!
Cons:
Give your ears a few days to really hear these strings. They're different and you need to adjust.

Glen
Eastern Washington
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Sound
February 3, 2015
I sometimes cringe a changing strings. I usually don't like the brassy sound of new strings. Hence the Retro sounded great right away. Not sure how long they will last.
Pros:
Sound great
Cons:
none

Glen
Lake Havasu City, AZ
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Interesting Strings ...
January 13, 2015
I put these strings on my Martin OMC-Aura about two weeks ago. At first, I was not impressed, but not completely unhappy either. They did not have that "new string" brightness (that usually calms down pretty fast) that I usually hear. After about an hour of playing, however, they seemed to find their voice and I'm starting to appreciate their character. Definitely different from the more conventional strings that I usually use (Exp 11, EJ 16, or Lifespan 6100). I'm enjoying the difference and will see how they change as they age.
Pros:
Unique look and sound

Ralph
The forest in Southern Ontario
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Dem ole blues
January 10, 2015
I don't have a Martin, or any wood bodied acoustic for that matter, but I put a set of 12s on my National Resophonic NRP steel resonator and Holy Moly! they sound just like 1933. I've been looking for a string that would give me this timbre for a long time. 'Resophonic' strings, acoustic strings, and a lot of electrics as well - nothing gave me quite what I wanted. Heck with these guys I can even coax my National into sounding like an old Stella. They're a steal at the price and I can get them at S&B. What more could ya want?

Charles
Webster, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great "Old School" tone
October 29, 2014
Tried these when they were 1st re-introduced. Great well balanced vintage tone. Clean, clear tone with good sustain. 2nd set in past 3-1/2 months-long lasting. Can't wait for Martin to introduce them with Lifespan/Cleartone treatment. If Phosphor & 80/20 Bronze aren't doing it for you anymore-try going "Retro". Monel nickel strings are an excellent change of pace.
Pros:
Thumbs up! Good strings & excellent price!

Jimmy
Charlotte, NC
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great strings
October 11, 2014
The Martin Retro Monels are just great. Very warm, easy to play. They seem less stiff than similar gauged PB's. Highly recommended. It is weird to see silver/gray strings on an acoustic guitar. Jimmy
Pros:
See above
Cons:
None that I can find

Chuck
Bronx, New York
1 Stars

Not Really An Upgrade
July 16, 2014
I bought these strings to put on my Martin D15M. I was originally using Martin SP Coated 80/20 strings and was quite happy with the sound and durability but was intrigued with the history of the Monel alloy and its many uses and decided to try a set and felt that for $6.99 how could I go wrong? I immediately put these strings on and heard a definite difference in sound. In the beginning I was pleased with the amount of bottom it gave me but, like most strings, after playing and using them for a while, they settled in and I did not like the blandness of the sound that I got. It actually made my $1000.00 plus guitar sound like a $149.00 special from Guitar Center, very uninspiring. I immediately put back the SP's and am a happy camper again. Now, don't get me wrong, they may be some people's cup of tea, but they just aren't mine. I enjoy a nice balanced chimey sound from my guitars, some may want a very flat sound, but not me.
Pros:
They are Martins after all
Cons:
Too flat No personaliity

Adam
Maryland
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Better than expected
June 12, 2014
I have been an Elixir guy for years and decided to try different brands on my new Slope-D Lutz/EI Rosewood custom made by Roger Skipper. This is an amazingly complex sounding guitar and I liked the Elixirs but felt they were somewhat muted compared to the uncoated strings it came with. Sooooo I tried various strings including all the new copper alloys and whiz bang formulas. I was disappointed until I put the Retro strings on. Out of the box they sound great and have continued to sound really great over the 2 weeks they've been on. They are very soft on the fingers and have a very woody sound that really let the guitar shine. I enjoy playing with a lot of dynamics and this strings can go whisper to scream.
Pros:
even woody tone easy to play decent price

Jim Doyle
Sault , Ontario
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Hats off To Tony Rice
April 2, 2014
Just put a set of these babies on my Martin HD 28 . So Far they are just as described and I am quite happy. It will be interesting to see how they mellow out. They bring out the true woody tone of my Martin and are easy to play as well.
Pros:
Nice tone , inexpensive , easy to play
Cons:
Nothing . Too early to tell !



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