Tony Rice monel strings from Martin

Tony Rice strings from MartinHere’s another new product from CF Martin introduced earlier this year at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

After many years endorsing strings from other manufacturers, Tony Rice now has a signature set from Martin. He has long favored strings made with monel, a nickel-based alloy, rather than steel. In fact he used Martin’s monel strings as a younger artist, until they were discontinued more than 30 years ago.

In response to their reintroduction, Rice had this to say:

“I never thought I would see the day when I could put Martin Monel strings back on my D-28. Welcome back, old friend. I’ve missed you!

Monel is prized in strings for their long life and transparent tone, but the material is more difficult to work with, and not many companies use it. But Martin spent some time with Tony this past few years to recreate the strings to his preference, and he has given his blessing to the Tony Rice Signature Strings.

They are offered in a single gauge: .013, .016, .026, .034, .044, .056. Single strings are also available.

Look for them now in your favorite music store.

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