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Guitarist - - The Line Up -

Martin re­cently over­hauled its Stan­dard Se­ries acous­tics; now its strings have re­ceived a spring clean, too. The new Au­then­tic Acous­tic range re­places Martin’s long­stand­ing Acous­tic, SP, Mar­quis and Life­span strings with a stream­lined of­fer of three core prod­uct lines. First up is the Au­then­tic Acous­tic Su­pe­rior Per­for­mance line, which uses Martin’s high­est-ten­sile-strength wire and is tin-plated for cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance. Like the other two new ranges, it is avail­able in 80/20 Bronze (£7.99) and Phos­phor Bronze (£8.49) sets and ap­pears to be the new ‘stan­dard’ line, with an up­graded spec. The pre­mium-grade Au­then­tic Acous­tic Mar­quis Silked range is aimed at play­ers with high-end gui­tars – a silk wrap on the ball ends pro­tects bridges from wear and tear – and is also avail­able in 80/20 (£8.99) and Phos­phor Bronze (£9.49). Last up is the Au­then­tic Acous­tic Life­span 2.0 Treated range, which is Martin’s long-life of­fer­ing. Rather than be­ing a coated string, the Life­span 2.0 Treated re­lies on a new, patented metal-treat­ment process that of­fers, Martin says, “prop­er­ties of re­duced fin­ger drag and ex­cep­tional longevity”. The 80/20 ver­sion costs £14.99; the Phos­phor Bronze set is £15.49. www.mar­tin­gui­

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