Martin MTR13 Tony Rice Bluegrass Acoustic Guitar Strings (Medium) (Discontinued)


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Martin MTR13 Tony Rice Bluegrass Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The MTR13 Retro is meant to reproduce the acoustic tone of the 1930's, inspired by bluegrass player Tony rice.

These are crafted from Monel, a nickel/copper alloy that once was the main component of guitar strings, until companies found more cheaper alternatives like steel.

With so many guitars that duplicate vintage designs, it only makes sense for manufacturers to match these vintage designs with strings that are equally old-school inspired. The MTR13 is exactly that, but with modern reliability and longevity.


  • Gauge: Extra Light (.013 to .056)
  • Material: Phosphor Bronze
  • Coated: No

Classic voicing is the obvious reason why many love the MTR13. It is also well received for its reliability. Paired often with equally vintage inspired instruments, but there are some users who have used this string on dreadnoughts from other makers.

Not the string set for those who are looking for a more modern voicing.

There's just something special about classic bluegrass tones that make them still relevant today.

Unfortunately these are no longer available in stores, but you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings.

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