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Old 10-19-2019, 11:56 AM
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Default Martin Monel/Retro String: Rosewood vs Mahogany Lovers...a survey of sorts.

Got to wondering....(do that a lot)...

I wonder if Martin Monel lovers tend to prefer Mahogany bodied guitars and those who dislike it tend to like Rosewood bodied guitars.

Love to see some responses - do you like Martin Retros compared to say phosphor bronze or bronze strings? And Do you prefer Mahogany or Rosewood guitars?

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Old 10-19-2019, 12:14 PM
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I have them on both an all mahogany 000 and spruce/rosewood OM. On the latter it was only an experiment that I thought wouldn’t last while I was busy with 80/20 uncoated on a 000-18. In the meantime something happened with the Retros on the OM over a period of time mostly sitting in the case - the initial sizzle dissipated to reveal a penetrating clarity of tone to that instrument. Although I’ve since had 80/20s on it (D’Addario is my favourite) it always goes back to Retros as the overwhelming favourite match of string to guitar.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:26 PM
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Not able to answer your question, but I love monels on my maple-backed Eastman AR805, cherry-backed Waterloo WL-S and carbon-fiber-backed Emerald X10.

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Old 10-19-2019, 02:43 PM
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I was using retros on a 12 fret 00-42 and a Fairbanks L-2.

The 00-42 has a nice shimmer so that PB strings could be a little treble forward. The Retros cleaned the sound up, but seem to cause a loss in volume. Swtched to Mangan Monels and the tone is near perfect for my needs. The Mangans are louder and the treble strings, B/E, are less zingy/stringy as the Martins.

The L-2 is incredibly lightly built, and has an extended high end. The Retros mellowed it out, but still a little too bright for me. Switched over to Mangan round core monels, and that did the trick.

To answer the OP, I like both mahogany and rosewood, no bias there.
I use PB strings on all other guitars and mandolins. I tend to use monels for guitars that sound good with broken in strings, which monel sounds like to me, a well broken in string.

YMMV
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:45 PM
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I prefer them on mahogany, but they also sound great on my OM-28. I don't like them on rosewood dreads or jumbos.
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:08 PM
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I love them on my mahogany Gibsons. I put some on my rosewood Taylor dread several months ago and liked them at first. I grew tired of them after a while because I missed some of the shimmer. I think it was because I had the dry old school sound covered with my two Mahogany guitars and wanted more contrast with my rosewood Taylor.

Here’s a clip I made with them on the rosewood Taylor.


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Old 10-19-2019, 03:44 PM
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I don't prefer either type of guitar, but have one of each and am really liking monel on both. Like the sound, feel, and longevity. Longtime pb user.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:03 PM
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Based on threads from the past I'm in the minority. Retro monels are on both my rosewood b/s guitars and I love them. I dislike them on the hog backed LG2 and a Yamaha FG700. I use D'addario EXP's on those.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:05 PM
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I haven't had a rosewood B&S guitar in about 15 years and never tried Monels on it. I love them on my current all hog Martin and on my Carbon Fiber Emerald, though, so I think there's a pretty good chance I'd also like them on a rosewood guitar. But no empirical evidence on that one...

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Old 10-19-2019, 05:19 PM
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I like them on my all hog dread but i haven't tried them on my non hog guitars yet.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:58 PM
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I prefer Monels on my Bourgeois Mahogany D (Adi/Khaya) but use PBs on my other guitars, none of which are rosewood.
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I love them on my Martin 00028EC...
But I'm going to give some EJ17's a crack as a lot of players I like seem to prefer these strings, but so far the retro's are my favourite...
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:56 AM
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these strings made me a better guitar player. they're so smooth to play and just with that little less tension. the tone is very natural on my mahogany parlor.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:01 AM
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I use Martin Retros on a couple of guitars; 1 is rosewood and 1 is mahogany. Still need to try them on a couple of others. I used to think I liked rosewood back/side guitars better than mahogany but just realized I now have 3 of each. So for me I guess it depends on the specific guitar when deciding if Monel strings are the ones to use, and apparently if rosewood or mahogany sounds best. Not much help....
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:02 AM
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I like them on my mahogany Alvarez and my walnut Gibson J-15. Not so much on my rosewood Yamaha.
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