Martin M130 Silk and Steel Acoustic Guitar Strings (Discontinued)
- Gauge: Extra Light (.011 to .047)
- Material: Silk and Steel
- Coated: No
Though not as common as bronze strings, silk and steel guitar strings are a pretty common material. They’re essentially the middle ground between nylon strings and a regular acoustic guitar string.
They have a very warm and rich tone, and because of their construction (a combination of steel and nylon) they’re significantly easier to play than bronze strings. Because it takes less force to push the strings down, silk and steel guitar strings are great for fingerstyle and folk musicians.
However, the main thing to be aware of with these strings is that you’re not going to get as much volume as you would with standard bronze strings.
So, if you plan on playing along with other musicians unplugged these strings may not be the best fit. Though, if you’re planning on playing amplified there won’t be much of a difference.
Unfortunately they're no longer available from most stores so for alternatives take a look at our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings.