Martin MSP7100 SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Strings (.012-.054 Light) Reviews3.3/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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from Santa Fe, NM, USA
December 15, 2012Music Background:
Wonderful!I've used regular Martin SP lights on my Taylor 214 for years. I recently bought a used Taylor 510 LTD (lucky me!) and found that the SP's were a bit twangy for that guitar. After trying about half a dozen other types of strings, I switched to the Cleartone version of the SP's and I am very pleased with the tonal clarity. I play exclusively non-amplified finger style and never use a pick, so a clean, natural tone from each string is important to my ear.
The lifespan of the Cleartones is fairly stunning, too. I used to change the regular SP's on my 214 every few weeks (I play a lot). Approaching the two month mark, I finally changed the Cleartones on my 510 only because I wanted to clean and oil the fret board, polish my frets, and give my instrument a little TLC. But the old set was still sounding great. So I guess the downside is that the fret board won't be serviced as often using the Cleartones.
The nice thing is that the tone seems to remain constant throughout the life of the strings. After the first few hours of "spangley" newness, they settle in to a very consistent and reliable sound.
from Columbia, MD USA
September 19, 2012Music Background:
Excellent stringI've been a long-time fan of both Martin SP strings and Elixir coated strings. These Lifespan SP strings are the best of both. Clear, crisp tone and the coating doesn't shred like Elixirs do. I find that they last a good long time, too. I have them on several guitars in my collection. They have become my favorite string.
December 14, 2011Music Background:
No Life!I'm a fan of the regular Martin SP strings; however, these just don't have any tone to them. I got two sets free with my recent purchase, and I understand why. For my ear, I'll stick with the other Martin strings.