We've recently listed some new strings by Martin that are supposed sound how acoustic guitar strings were back in the day. The Martin Retro range of strings are made from Monel, a Nickel & Copper alloy, they look quite like electric guitar strings and have a vintage appearance. We thought that we would give them a go to see if they did what they said on the packet.
Martin say these strings brings out the unique woody tone from your guitar and that they have complex harmonics. Hear your guitar like you've never heard it before! Sounds great but do they actually do what they say?
Well, after a quick re-string on a Martin Dreadnought Junior, it has to be said we are pretty impressed! These strings are full, balanced, powerful with a stunning tone unlike what we're used to by using either Phosphor Bronze or 80/20 Bronze. And sure enough the harmonics are pretty awesome. Pluck the low E string and just listen to how the note develops... Complex harmonics? Yes. It's pretty amazing. It certainly is a new sound for your acoustic guitar that we haven't achieved using Bronze.
Monel is also less susceptible to corrosion and such has a longer life even though they aren't a coated string. With a natural high strength in this Nickel-Copper alloy they are also less likely to break! A very, very good set of strings indeed and well worth a try! Just check out the quotes below!
"I never thought I'd see the day when I could put Martin Monel strings
back on my D-28. Welcome back, old friend, I've missed you." - Tony
Tony Rice signature set.
"I play Retros for the robust tone and great durability of Monel. These
are my personal string gauges, suitable for standard and altered
tunings." - Laurence Juber.
Laurence Juber signature set.
Martin Acoustic Guitar Strings at Guitarbitz.