This is Dyce Kimura I am an acoustic guitar teacher in Miami and I am doing a review today on the Lifespan Martin acoustic guitar strings. I just put them on - my Martin’s [playing guitar]. So by the way, these are the Lifespan Martin acoustic guitar strings. My buddy, Edgar, gave me this pack, so shout out to Edgar I know you’re watching. And I was a little taken back, because on the label it said $31.99 and I was like, "I hope you didn't spend $31.99 for this one pack." We'll talk about price in a second. Let's first take a look at the sound [playing guitar]. I am playing this on my 19... I think it's my 99, I forget if it was 99 or 97. It's a 90 something Martin HD 35 which is very big sounding, very boomy huge bottom end for those Martin lovers. Of course, if you're playing a Martin guitar it's logical to want to have a Martin string.
These strings are manufactured - at least the name on them says Martin. For the longest time I resisted buying Martin's, because Martins were actually made by another company called D’addario. And by the way, in case you don't know about strings, D’addario makes about 90% of the strings that are on the market and they come in different names like D’markley, Ice blue and all these other strings are actually versions of D’addario in different packages and marketing; it's very interesting to learn that, including Martin. But these are made by another company called Cleartone. So they're really good by the way; just to get that out of the way [playing guitar].
These are gage 12-54, which is what I like to use as an acoustic guitar teacher in Miami. And they sound just the right amount of brassiness in the strings, a bronzy kind of feel, but it has this smoky, shimmery high that's really nice [playing guitar]. They sound great. And I did some reading on this string and I discovered that these are actually coated strings, hence the name, Lifespan. I was very surprised these are coated, because they don't sound coated. As an acoustic guitar teacher in Miami, am a huge proponent and fan of non-coated strings and I absolutely hate coated strings like elixirs, for instance. And the reason why is because I can really feel the coating around the strings and it really limits my tone, it limits my attack and it's not a good string for me.
Just to set the premise here, I am a full-time professional, full-time acoustic guitar teacher in Miami. I play guitar about 8 hours a day. I've been playing for 30 years and I've been playing full-time for almost 15 years. So I teach lessons full-time and I also performed full-time. So my needs for playing guitar are going to be a little bit different from the average beginner, so I just want to set that apart. So if you're out there using elixirs and you love them I don't mean to offend you. When are elixirs good for you, for certain players? If you're an absolute beginner and you play guitar 10 minutes a day and you don't want to bother with changing the strings you just put on a set of elixirs and they'll lasts like 6 months to a year and you never have to worry about them. But if you play on the level that I do, which is professionally - I need the guitar to respond to the way I'm attacking the strings. And so the reason I've been so loyal to non-coated strings up until now like these D’addarios is because I get this response that I get 100% of what I put into the strings I'm getting back from the string. The reason I’ve always avoided coated strings before as an acoustic guitar teacher in Miami is because I would feel like I would put 100% into the strings and I would get like 80% back in an elixir. So I would feel like there is a governor on my motor, so to speak, and it would also stifle my tone I would lose the brilliance, I would lose the high, I would lose the stain and it would feel plasticky and I don't feel like I'm connecting with the actual bronze or phosphor I feel like I'm playing over plastic strings.
Now, that being said, these Lifespan Martins are different. Honestly, when I first put them on I didn't even know they were coated, because they just don't feel coated [playing guitar] and they don't sound coated either [playing guitar]. So I am very, very surprised at how good the sound and also I'm going for a little bit thicker gauge. These (Lifespan) are 12-54 and I've been using these D’addarios as an acoustic guitar teacher in Miami forever, they're 12-53. The lower end is slightly bigger which is giving me a little more base and ‘boominess’. By the way, that .001 of an inch in the gauge, I can feel it. I like it, it's a 54 [playing guitar].