The Martin CEO-7 is a superb ‘Golden Era’ descendant with a comfortable V-shape short-scale neck and ample volume and projection. She offers versatility, a classical design, and a deep and resonant bottom end in a mouthwatering sunburst dress.
The Martin CEO-7 is a tribute to a time when flat top steel string acoustic guitar design was evolving very quickly. The market was extremely competitive as demand for fourteen fret neck instruments was rapidly growing. At that time the Dreadnought was not yet the dominant shape and the smaller tight waist models influenced by the parlor guitars of the prior century were still quite popular.
This guitar has a unique and ear pleasing relationship between the fundamental notes, the high harmonics over them, and the woody undertone below, with that pregnant low spot under the center of the wound strings. What made her a genuine Martin was how each of those elements sustained after a chord or rolled over – and over and over – during picking patterns. Her voice kept making me want to strum cowboy campfire songs and move into open tuning for that old time fingerstyle blues. The Autumn Sunset shade color adds an extra beauty and something so traditional to this CEO-7! Listen to a sound impression by Spoon Philips here: