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    Default Martin S1 Owners: strings

    As I understand the S1 comes stock with m600ís for obvious reasons. Is that the string choice youíve stuck with or what other strings have you used and like better? What are you experiences?

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    I like M600 on most any Martin sop. If a sop is brighter than I like, I'll go with Worth Browns. Some folks like Aquila Nylguts on theirs. Easy enough to try other strings if the Martins are lacking something to your ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I like M600 on most any Martin sop. If a sop is brighter than I like, I'll go with Worth Browns. Some folks like Aquila Nylguts on theirs. Easy enough to try other strings if the Martins are lacking something to your ears.
    Do you own one? If so did you stick with the m600’s?

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    The M600 seem to work well on my S1. Not a direct comparison but the T1K I once had sounded better with Worth Brown BT strings. Maybe the difference between mahogany and koa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    Do you own one? If so did you stick with the m600’s?
    I had one for a while, before going with a vintage Martin. Tried M600, Browns and Aquilas, liked the M600 best.
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    I run M600s on most of my sopranos and concerts.
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    I just got my S1 in mid-January. It's a 2012 model and I bought it used. I wasn't sure about the age and brand of strings that were installed, so NUD consisted of me putting on a fresh pack of M600s so I could in-effect 'reset' to factory settings.

    I have a bit of SAS (string acquisition syndrome) so I rotate strings regularly, but the M600s stayed on for over a month. I like fluorocarbons, so I've used the M600s on several of my ukes with great results--I like them better than the D'Addario Fluoros. They sounded great on the S1, and set a good baseline for me.

    My current set is PHD Soprano/Concert High G--the PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) strings by Jason Arimoto. I didn't have any 'ah-ha' moment that they were drastically better in sound, but I've noticed some difference in feel. They are lower tension than fluorocarbons and feel "softer" on the fingers—conveying the feeling of the lower tension combined with the relatively thicker strings in comparison to the finer fluorocarbons.

    That's the extent of my experience so far, but I look forward to hearing from others on their experience. Of course it may feed my SAS.
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    I just purchased a used S1 and I love it. It came with Worth Browns and with these strings the sound is loud with a lot of punch. I'll stick with these for now, and when its time to change, who knows what I'll choose. Maybe M600's. Living Water, Worth Clear or stick with Worth Browns. Nah, I'll try something new!
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    Mine is currently with the Martin Premium Graphite Gray Polygut M605.

    I always had the M600 on S1. Tried many other strings, and always ended taking them off within a day and went back to M600.

    Until the M605. I didn’t like it at first. In fact hated it. Mostly due to the tactile texture which is kind of rough especially when doing slides. But somehow, I let it settle in for a week or so. Then it grew on me. Once I gotten used to the texture, I felt my S1 sounds better with it than with the M600.

    It’s like an enhanced M600 with the same Jangle and loudness. And it comes with better individual note sound. With the M600, I felt it’s a bit 1 dimensional or hollow? But now it’s full. Sorry, I’m bad with the description. Sustain is about the same.

    So I guess the folks at Martin know what they are doing when the higher end martin ukes now come with the premium polygut strings out of box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Mine is currently with the Martin Premium Graphite Gray Polygut M605.

    I always had the M600 on S1. Tried many other strings, and always ended taking them off within a day and went back to M600.

    Until the M605. I didn’t like it at first. In fact hated it. Mostly due to the tactile texture which is kind of rough especially when doing slides. But somehow, I let it settle in for a week or so. Then it grew on me. Once I gotten used to the texture, I felt my S1 sounds better with it than with the M600.

    It’s like an enhanced M600 with the same Jangle and loudness. And it comes with better individual note sound. With the M600, I felt it’s a bit 1 dimensional or hollow? But now it’s full. Sorry, I’m bad with the description. Sustain is about the same.

    So I guess the folks at Martin know what they are doing when the higher end martin ukes now come with the premium polygut strings out of box.
    Now this is interesting. I have heard of these strings but not much else. Very intriguing. I’ll be ordering from Mim soon and might have her set it up with the 605’s. I have two other sopranos( 60’s Style O and Ohana sk-39)Martin with m600’s and one with Browns. I like them both for different reasons but the m605’s sounds like they may do the trick as they say. Thanks for the suggestion

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