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eyesore 12-08-2019 03:00 PM

Martin CEO-7
Hi ; any opinions on this guitar? Does anyone own one? Just wondering about it. Thanks.

gerardo1000 12-08-2019 03:17 PM

I had one, it was wonderful and I still regret having sold it. If you are looking for an acoustic small body, there is nothing better.

foxo 12-08-2019 03:20 PM

There's one for sale in the classifieds (outside US).

Esq. 12-08-2019 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by foxo (Post 6233372)
There's one for sale in the classifieds (outside US).

Thereís also one listed in the classified thatís from the US.

SpruceTop 12-08-2019 03:33 PM

I had one and traded it in on another guitar. It sounded good but I prefer bigger guitars like dreadnoughts. If you like smaller guitars, it's pretty loud and tonally rich given its size.

The Watchman 12-08-2019 03:39 PM

Yes. Its a great sounding guitar. Neck is v-shaped on mine - not sure if they all are. Very light which takes some time getting used to, if you're coming from something bigger. Loud for its size. Don't like the tuners, is my only complaint.

dspoel 12-08-2019 04:17 PM

I play mine almost every day and have for the last two years. My other guitar is a Gibson J15 but it does not get played much. The CEO is great for fingerpicking and sounds warm. The sustain is like 50% longer than the J15.

Rev Roy 12-08-2019 04:27 PM

They are wonderful guitars. I had one and would still have it if I was a finger picker. But Iím not. My heavy handed picking/strumming style was too much for that little I sold it and went back to dreads.

larryjoh814 12-08-2019 04:29 PM

I loved the tone of mine, but after 2 repairs by the local authorized Martin repair person for binding separation at the waist, I would make sure you purchase one made after 2014.

penname 12-08-2019 05:28 PM


Originally Posted by larryjoh814 (Post 6233419)
I loved the tone of mine, but after 2 repairs by the local authorized Martin repair person for binding separation at the waist, I would make sure you purchase one made after 2014.

My 2015 CEO-7 is at the local authorized repair station for the binding separation problem so 2015 isnít safe either. From what Iíve read the problem with the glue was fixed in 2016.

I also didnít like the tuners and swapped them out for Gotohís.

But other than that I love my CEO-7. I bought it new in June 2015. Until last month when it went into the shop it got 95% of my playing time. With it in the shop I am rediscovering my long neglected Martin OM-21.

eyesore 12-08-2019 05:50 PM

yeah another guy I know had this guitar and had a problem with it. Not sure what it was .

KenL 12-09-2019 04:56 AM

Mine is an all-mahogany Custom Shop, wonderful guitar. I am a dreadnought guy, generally speaking, but I love this little Martin. Terrific fingerpicker, great fun to play. Very responsive, dynamic, and plenty loud too.

raysachs 12-09-2019 05:16 AM

How different is the CEO 7 from a standard 00-18? I know the neck profile is different, so if you prefer one or the other, that will affect feel. And the CEO has an Adirondack spruce top rather than Sitka spruce - how different do they sound?


BluesKing777 12-09-2019 07:25 AM

I still have my early CEO7......

The specs are great for my fingerpicking...chunky neck etc. I played it a lot when it first landed and then I had strings on it I didnít like and still no pickup decided for it....into the back closet it shuffled unintentionally until I watched the Yesterday movie on satellite TV and grabbed it out, put new strings on it.....and played it and played it until I pickup AND my Baggs M1A and M80 ...and others except Fishman....doesnít FIT in the soundhole!

I will get a K&K put in plus it needs a few setup tweaks....


Nctom 12-09-2019 07:36 AM

I had an older CEO-7 made around the time of the switch to Sipo from mahogany. It was a beautiful guitar that sounded great and I loved the v- shaped neck. BUT, it needed a neck reset and the binding reglued after less than a year and I never felt that I could fully trust it afterwards. I sold it, with a full disclosure, and replaced it with an 0-18. Hopefully the manufacturing problems were resolved by Martin on later models.

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