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Martin Silk and Steel/Silk and Phosphor Folk Guitar Strings - Compound Wound (.011 - .047)
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Martin Folk offers the driving force of steel strings and soft tonal properties often associated with classical strings. A center wrap of silk fiber provides easier fingering and minimizes the brilliance for a sweeter and more mellow sound. For the Marquis we hand wrap silk around the ball end area to reduce wear on the bridge plate.
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I decided to try first on my 'knockabout' Takamine EAN10.
When first fitted I seemed to get a gentle, muted sound on the bass strings but the top 3 trebles seemed a bit strident. After stretching in the strings with couple of short playing sessions though, the sounds seemed to even out & with a pleasant mellow sound whilst being easy on the fingertips.
I bought 3 sets but haven't decided where to put them - Martin HD28, Taylor G3 or Limited Edition Takamine.
I'm pleased with them for easing my way back into playing after my illness, but I'll see how they perform when plugged in at local gigs!
I may add that they are excellent value for what I paid.
Just go easy on the fitting and tuning- heavy handedness here will result in breakages of even the low E.
If you’re after a sound that is the perfect balance of mellow and attack I would recommend these strings and will be buying them again.
These strings have a beautiful, mellow tone to them. The improvement on my guitar was so pronounced it felt like I was playing a different guitar.
Personal preference but I love the gauges of each string, it's the perfect balance between the upper and lower strings. I've tried some other brands of silk\steel and the string gauges wouldn't feel balanced across the guitar, or give a rounded overall tone when strumming due to it. The bottom three strings would be too thick in relation to the top three or vice versa. The balance between the strings feels great on these when you're playing and moving across the strings.
The bonus is not only do they sound better than regular strings but they're easier to play. Bends are far easier, and fingerpicking sounds great.
I find I get the perfect tone for strumming by using a nylon pick. (Dunlop .73 or Dunlop Midi pick)
I always use these strings on my Yamaha. They sound great both for playing live and recording.
The ease of playing factor is certainly a bonus, and if you're coming from nylon or electric then I can see why these would be nice, but for me it's the sound that does it.
For context, I have these on a solid spruce topped dreadnought with plenty of projection. I expected them to be kind of muted and nylon-y, but that isn't true at all It's true that they are darker than bronze strings, but they aren't at all "muddy" sounding. For one thing, they still have that "shimmer" that steel strings have when playing open chords, which steel guitarists often miss when playing a nylon string and finding a all their G, Cadd9, em7 etc. chords just sounds dull.
On the other side, nylon players usually find that the raw power of open chords is lost as soon as you move much past the 3rd fret. In that sense, even though the tone is very different, I can see why people compare these to nylons because what they share is an even-ness throughout the neck, meaning you can play open chords and closed higher up the neck chords in the same song and not feel like you either have to hold back on your open chords, or that the closed chords lack "power". In this respect it's kind of like playing a nylon guitar, except that the open chords are still great.
In terms of their tone, it's a more pointed, midrange-y sound. I think that's perhaps why despite being less bright, they don't lose any clarity.
People often advise getting these strings for fingerstyle playing. That may well be true, but I've been playing them almost exclusively with a pick. I've found their tone is an absolute pleasure for single note playing, they're pointed, and clear, and you can "shape" each note. I actually find myself playing "lead" guitar all the time now, on an acoustic!. I think the light gauge and ease of vibrato adds to the appeal here, but I've played with super light bronze strings before and not enjoyed it nearly as much!
My main advice would be try them, for under a tenner, if nothing else they'll give you a new experience playing, and if you don't share my enthusiasm you can always switch back.
One last thing, if you're a lead player, try putting on these strings and using a really thick pick, like a >1mm tortex or something, you'll be surprised as to the tone you can get.
I am an acoustic singer songwriter and I absolutely love the sound of those. They suit any sound you wish to play!
One slight word of warning, I did find I had to adjust the truss rod in my guitar neck as the tension on the strains is softer and I found that they rattled quite a locked as they provided I love action. Tightening the trust rod on the guitar neck raised the action just enough to stop the raffle.
I am absolutely going to buy these again!!!!
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