Martin Guitars Retro MM-12 Light

String Set for Steel-string Guitars

  • Gauges: 012, 015, 025w, 031, 041, 054
  • Light tension
  • Roundwound

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Strength of the strings 0,012" – 0,054"
Material Monel

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Great strings, especially if you're looking for a more vinateg/mellow sound
Lynn, 20.02.2015
These strings have a vintage sound - if you are looking for a more modern tone with lots of sustain and overtones these may not be your first choice.

I have used them on several guitars, the latest being a Martin with an Adirondack top and Rosewood back and sides. The guitar has forward shifted scalloped bracing and though it never sounds truly muddy, the overtones can get in the way.

These strings took that bright too-much-sustain edge off the sound. When flatpicking (which is in my opinion what these strings were made for) the individual notes ring out loud and clear. When strumming, a bit of richness was lost but not in a bad way, the bass was loud and clear and my guitar now sounds like a pre-war D-28. Considering they cost less than £6.00, I'd say that was a bargain.

I also used them on a too-lightly built spruce rosewood 000 that was pure mud unless played fingerstyle with the flesh of your fingers. It got rid of all the unwanted overtones and was the deciding factor in keeping the guitar.

I think these would really shine on a smaller mahogany guitar, to get an authentic bluesy sound.

The strings are very light on the fingers, they bend with ease. I am going to buy a few more packs - they might not suit all makes or styles of guitar but when you find one they work well on, it's pure magic.
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Retro 🎄 Christmas
Mountainhop, 28.12.2020
Very fast shipping by Thomann, even during these trying days.

Put these strings on my Fiesta Red Fender Paramount dreadnought acoustic and the effect of these strings is sparkling and phenomenal! Also suitable for guitar players who prefer multi finger play and finger picking. The strings feel very comfortable and the sliding sounds give the sound the necessary flashback to the old days.

I can certainly recommend these strings.

Thanks for reading and keep on makin’ music 🎵
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Great strings with a quite pleasant sound!
AGuitarPlayer, 07.08.2020
Since I often use metal finger picks when playing, I am always in search for strings that will be sufficiently warm/mellow sounding, to compensate for the bright sound those picks produce. So far, these strings seem to do the job nicely, and they also sound quite nice when playing with bare fingers. They might not serve all playing styles and all types of guitars; there are many different preferred parameters for different players, but for my particular purpose they seem to be the best strings on which I've stumbled yet. If you are in the same boat as me and looking for strings to compensate brightness, then I would definitely recommend to check them out. Even if you're not, you might as well try them out; who knows, you might end up pleasantly surprised.
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andyshiel1987, 25.06.2018
Probably not for everyone , but I think they are great, great feel and tone,, take a while to mellow out fully but when they do, there great,, I put a set of 12's on my guild f30 aragon changing from d'addario phosphor bronze which I have been using for years and they sound great on the the guitar. once they get mellow they definitely have a longer life then normal strings, It's all about experimenting really, they may not suit certain guitars etc, but on my guild I am very happy with them, I would recommend trying them and see if you like them
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