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Martin Retro Monel Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Martin Retro Strings

The Materials
Core Wire: Tin-plated hex core
Wrap Wire: Solid Nickel/Copper Alloy Blend (NOT Nickel-plated)

The Gauging
Martin offers modified gauging on the B, D, and A strings for modern playability. The modified gauging makes the string easier to play with a more balanced feel and clear intonation.

The Process
Martin employs a sophisticated winding process in the making of their Retro String line. This process controls the coupling between the core and wrap wire to maximize intonation. This process takes their traditional Monel string, which was innovated in the 1930s, and perfects it with modern technology.

The Core
Martin uses tin-plated steel hex core wire for their Retro Strings. The tin-plating helps prevent galvanic corrosion - the natural corrosion that happens when the core wire comes in contact with the wrap wire. The combination of tin-plated hex core wire and solid nickel alloy wrap wire provides for a long-lasting string from the inside out.

The Wrap
Martinís proprietary SOLID Nickel/Copper alloy blend provides for a reduced pick attack which allows the guitarís tone woods to be heard, not overshadowed. It offers a uniquely mellow, yet crisp, sound. Martinís wrap is a solid Nickel/Copper blend, not nickel-plated, meaning there is no chance for defects in the plating to allow for corrosion. Instead, Martinís proprietary wrap wire is naturally corrosion resistant, so much so that it has been used in various marine applications, including use in the propeller of Dreadnaught battleships. It is also incredibly strong, even stronger than pure nickel, and has been used in machinery and tooling applications.

The Real Deal
Martin Retros are the real deal. Not an imitation. With Martin Retros, you get one tough set of strings that will last a long time and give you true, consistent tone that sounds like nothing else on the market.  



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

MM10 Extra Light 10-14-23-30-39-47

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

MM13 Traditional Medium 13-17-26-35-45-56

MLJ13 Laurence Juber Retro 13-17-24-32-42-56

MM1012 12-String Extra Light 10-10-14-14-23-10-30-12-39-18-47-27



Martin Retro Monel Acoustic Guitar Strings
4.5 Stars based on 29 Review(s)
Rabac, 52221
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Perfect for all solid sapele
July 8, 2016
I own martin 000RS1 all sapele and these fit perfectly. The phosphor bronze, especially elixir (which I have used regulary on ovation) sound weird and unnatrual. Retros wrapping material doesn't seem to affect the sound that much. They are all silver so they are keeping the vintage - no bling bling look of my guitar.
-great sounding -long lasting

Chris H
Fort Wayne, Indiana
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

These strings are great!
June 22, 2016
I am using them on a D-35 and a 000-28V. I have used EJ16's for a long time and decided to give these a try since I often don't care for how bright the EJ16's are. These are a little more subdued and mellow, which is what I was looking for.

Moscow, Russia
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

very balanced strings on Martin 000-15M
June 10, 2016
Got Lights (12) for my Martin 000-15M. First impression was like they are too metallic sounding with too much 'zing'. After a few days the 'zing' was gone but yet I would not say these strings were special -- just 'normal'. After a few more days they started to sound very balanced and musical. I liked them. But the sound is a bit different than PB or 80/20.

Boulder, CO
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Fingerstyle dream.
May 24, 2016
If you have a nice-sounding guitar that you play fingerstyle, these are the strings to try. They are a bit harsh right of the box, but within an hour of play mellow into a warm, clear tone that is just gorgeous. They last as long as Elixirs and EXPs at much lower price. And if you use a magnetic soundhole pickup they are by far the best choice. Sweet strings at a low price.
Tone, playability, life.
Some players will be put off by the silver color.

4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

There is a consistent theme to all of these reviews here
May 20, 2016
You know folks, monel strings were the strings that preceded phosphor bronze i.e. phosphor bronze was the next great improvement in acoustic guitar strings, back in 1970-whatever... brighter chimer, etc. But some of the best players I've ever met prefer the less-bright-chimey sound. These Retro strings are what they are. i.e. some folks will love em some, will hate em. It's problematic whether the are right for you. I am an old school blues player, and these are fine for me.

Irondale, AL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

I can't play my guitars enough since since I switched to the Martin Retros !!!
May 4, 2016
I have put these on my two Gibsons (1973 Hummingbird Custom and my 1963 Dove. ) Both of these guitars have always had amazing tone, but I knew I had found my strings with the first set. I first used the custom lights and found these to be a joy to play and hear. My first sets were on the guitar for over 4 months before I decided to replace them even though they still sounded great! I can typically ruin a set of strings in a month or two from sweat, but all I have done is to wile them down acter playing and at 4 months there were no noticable signs of rust or decay. I had recently seen a great review showing the differences in sound between the lighter and heavier guage sets and decided to try the "Bluegrass" 13-16-26-34-44-56 set. Wow! Much more volume and balance between each string! They sound so good that it more than makes up for the extra effort when I bend them. Like others here, i have had no problems with breakage and unlike some, the tone has been excellent to start and just gets better. I'm on my third set on both Gibsons and have spares ready I'm sorry to hear that some have not liked the tone or found them to go dead so quickly, but my experience has been all good!!!
Feel great, sound even better and practically indestructable!
None for me. I have no desire to ever install another set of PB strings on either of my birds!!

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Woody, Earthy Tone
April 25, 2016
Acoustic guitar tone is definitely a personal preference and the combination of the guitar and the strings along with a player's touch cannot be separated. Therefore, string preferences have to be accepted for what they are . . . simply personal preference. That said, the character of these strings is described as bringing out the natural woody character of your instrument. I find this to be an accurate description. I don't like bright strings, mainly because they tend to dominate the overall sound of the guitar and hide the subtle character of the instrument. If you have a guitar that has a great voice, I think it is a shame to bury that voice beneath the ringing of steel. Don't get me wrong, note definition is critical and the ability of the string to ring out in clariety and beauty is paramount. The Martin Retro strings for me strike that near perfect balance of opening up the instruments voice while maintaining the ability of the individual notes to ring out clearly. Add to that the ability of these strings to settle in quickly and then maintain their tone for a long time and you have a great set of strings. If you like bright strings or the sound of your guitar when it is newly strung, you probably won't like these strings. However, if you like broken in strings and a rich, balanced, earthy tone, then these may be a great choice for you.
Long Lasting Balanced response Woody, Earthy tone

daniel lazar
3 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

March 16, 2016
those strings are nice for some country and folk... not really versatile
not versatile

Long Island, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Love these
March 1, 2016
I put a set on my 22 year Lowden and after the they settled in, they sound great. Very rich and full but not all all dull. Very balanced as well.

Guilford, CT
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Monel Strings Let the Guitar Speak for Itself
February 29, 2016
The Martin Monel strings have brought out the sound of the wood. They do not color the sound of the guitar with characteristics of the strings as other strings might; instead they allow the tone of the guitar to come through. I use them exclusively now on my Guild F40 (mahogany) and my Guild D55 ( rosewood).
Great sound. Last longer.

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.
Tone - crisp, great for fast picking Feel - soft, as most like the half-rounds that I use on my electric archtop.
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.
Shrill when new, turning dull quickly.

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.

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.
Dull Quiet

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.

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.
Great tone, last nearly as long as coated strings.

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.
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.
Tone, longevity, price.
None, really, but you'll have to get accustom to the gauge and tone differences if you play traditional PB mediums.

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.
They stay in tune well.
Did not like the sound of the strings on this guitar.

Gary Tremel
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.
Nice tone for flatpicking. Not rusting. Decent longevity. Fair price.
Haven't found any yet. I'm not a finger picker, but I think these strings are more geared to flatpick.

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