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  • Should I stay with the Martin strings or should I do something else?

    Posted by Bill_Brown on May 3, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Hello everyone, I’m ready to replace the strings on my 000 15M, but I’m wondering if I should stay with the original Martin strings, or go with something else? This will be the 1st string change for my guitar and I’m not sure what to do – any thoughts from the community would be appreciated 👍.

    N-lightMike replied 3 years ago 9 Members · 19 Replies
  • 19 Replies
  • Jack D

    Member
    May 3, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Strings come in many different flavors and they are relatively cheap. Thus, try a few to see what flips your switch. The more you change strings the easier it gets. Check out YouTube for how to videos. I prefer the Taylor method, even on my Martins! Lol

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Thank you for your thoughts Jack ( @jackderby22 )

  • Marty73

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Try different ones. I have but always go back to my Santa Cruz Med or Low tension strings for my Martins. They seem to like them more. Every guitar is different. Some my guitars like some strings and other like others brands of strings. It depends on the sound you are looking for. 🧙‍♂️😎

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

      Thanks @Marty69 , the current strings I have are the original ones and they sound OK, but they aren’t very flexible. They don’t bend well at all, and harmonics sometimes can be lackluster. I was contemplating the new XS D’Addario’s, but I’m not sure if a coated string is the answer for my current situation😱

  • Maydog

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 9:01 am

    I tried Martins (12-53 phosphor bronze) for the first time about 4-5 months ago and I love them. I have them on my Yamaha dread and my Gibson parlor. Before that I was using D’Addario phosphor bronze, which are pretty good and the price is great for 3-packs.

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 4, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Thanks @Maydog , Do you notice any difference in string flexibility or harmonics between the brands?😎

      • Maydog

        Member
        May 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

        Not really, I just like the sound of the Martins. They seem warmer and fuller than the D’Addarios.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        May 4, 2021 at 10:52 am

        Thanks @Maydog , for me, thats good to know!👍

  • Mike56

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I also have an all mahogany Martin (00-17) and really like Monel strings on it. Martin Retro MM12 lights work well but my favorite strings (so far) for the 00-17 are Newtone Monel round core 12-54 strings. Round core strings feel more flexible to me. To my hands, round core lights (12) play like hex core custom lights (11).

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 4, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Thanks @Mike56 , that’s the type of feedback I’m looking for!🤩👍🤩

  • jmat

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    I have owned a 00015 for 2 years and I use it for finger style picking. For that I have found the Martin MA130FX Custom 11s to be ideal (good tone and playability). But it depends on what you play and how you play it.

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 4, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks @jmat , My finger picking skills are poor at this juncture – something I have to work on. Currently, I’m much better and more comfortable at flat picking🤔

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    For me, the most important thing about the strings is the tension. I go with extra lights on all my guitars. That makes them flexible. After that, it’s a matter of what strings give the tone you like. I like Martin strings. I have never tried Santa Cruz because I won’t pay that much, especially when I can find strings I like for way less money.

    The most flexible I have ever found that also have good tone are the Martin Silk & Steel. Those are my favorite strings.

    MG 😀

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks @Mike-Gaurnier , I appreciate your input and the suggestion👍😎

  • Michelle-PSL

    Member
    May 4, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    I like Martin strings. I like the phosphor bronze 11’s. But it doesn’t cost too much to try something else.

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      May 5, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      Hi @Michelle-PSL , are those the strings you use on your 00015?🤔

      • Michelle-PSL

        Member
        May 5, 2021 at 2:26 pm

        Yes @Bill_Brown – and they are sounding a little dead so I guess I need to change them again…🙂

  • David_Leo

    Member
    May 5, 2021 at 3:36 am

    For flexibility Stringjoy has a custom light set that may fit your needs. They are great strings from a cool company, available online.

    • N-lightMike

      Member
      May 5, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, David. I’ll have to check them out as I am into “flexible” strings.

      MG 😀

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