Wuuthrad wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:55 am
Martin Magnifico Hard and Medium tension, which comes with a really nice grey treble polygut designed by Aquila.
I cannot believe how good they sound actually- miles ahead of nylon and carbon, and feel much better on my fingers.
My experience has been similar. Previously I'd mostly used D'addario, sometimes LaBella. All major string makers' offerings were 'good'.....
Then I got a set of the medium tension Magnificos and put them on my 1964 Espana-branded SL-12 guitar (built by Bjarton in Sweden, 630mm scale, spruce/mahogany)
WOW!! It was like getting a brand-new guitar. A brand new guitar that thrilled me. I've played this guitar for 19 years and it never sounded so good.
So I went back to the store and bought more Martin Magnificos. Put them on my other guitars--a 1962 Levin-built (Sweden) 'Goya'-branded G-10 (630 mm scale, spruce/birch) and the little Cordoba Coco Mini Mahogany (all-mahogany laminate, 580mm scale). Same result: they sounded (and played) better than they'd ever sounded before.
I've been playing guitar since 1964, and for most of that time have usually had one nylon-string guitar around, but since about 1990 nylon-string guitars became my primary preference and focus. These Magnifico strings provide the sound and feel which I'd long sought. I'd played a few 1880's Martin guitars strung with actual gut strings and always thought "THIS is how a guitar is SUPPOSED to sound and feel" (ditto for several gut-strung
violins and banjos I've played). But genuine gut has practical disadvantages--cost, fragility, tuning stability etc.
The Magnificos have 'that sound' and that 'feel.' No more 'plastic-sounding' trebles, no more fat tubby-sounding G string. They also settled into stable pitch REAL fast--amazingly so. Intonation is excellent all over the fingerboard and excellent string-to-string tone-and-volume balance.
Playing guitar feels again as it did when I was a kid, when I first gained some proficiency and owned a decent guitar--I can't stop playing!! Blackened dented fingertips! Errands and chores forgotten! Gotta play more guitar! Serious addiction!
What a nice 'problem' to have!
I've been recording with the new strings, to see if the recorded results match my ears' opinion while playing these strings. They have. Best recorded nylon-string sound I've achieved. A guitarist friend stopped over yesterday--he heard the difference too.
Sorry for the length of this 'rave' review, but we all know that most products which claim 'NEW AND IMPROVED MIRACLE WHATEVER' are anything but. So it's nice when a product DOES deliver the 'WOW' factor. Good job, Martin/Aquila.