Season 1 Episode 5 of Martins & More presents this bulletin from Supreme Allied Headquarters, Coaldale, Pennsylvania. At 16:00 Hours, on June 6, aka H-Hour on D-Day, the combined allied forces of guitar dealer Maury Rutch and acoustic guitar scholar T Spoon Phillips unleashed a joint operation, having previously met behind closed doors to embark on the intrepid mission to crack the code of the mysterious Martin CEO models.
Special thanks to Special Agent “Rosslyn” for suggesting the topic of this vital briefing.
Designed in utmost secrecy by Martin’s commander in chief, Chairman C. F. Martin IV, and codenamed CEO-1, CEO-2, on up to but possibly not limited to CEO-9, these extraordinary Martin Guitars were periodically released upon an unsuspecting guitar-playing world, often in the guise of unusual materials. They have appeared at times as fantastical hybrids of traditional Martins and designs associated with other major brands, all ingeniously created to entice and excite guitarists the world over, so they are compelled to venture heedlessly out of their comfort zone into uncharted territory of tone and technology, with tonewoods both traditional and exotic.
Ever wanted to know what Martin’s version of a Gibson J-45, or an SJ-200, or an L00 might be like? Well, the CEO Series is the place to be, so that thee can see for thyself, and learn the key to the codes that open such arcane chests of knowledge!
But there is far more to CEO models than Chris Martin’s admiration for classic pre-war Gibson designs (most of which were original inspired by even-earlier Martin designs.) The CEO Series has also been the showcase for Martin’s first use of special tonewoods, in some cases used daily these days, like African sapele. Others remain the tone less traveled by, like curly mango!
Can you correctly name the specific CEO model that…
• Has back and sides using wood from legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons?
• Has 12-fret Dreadnought body with a slotted headstock?
• Has an Adirondack spruce top and a 1930s style neck heel?
• Has a non-spruce top made from exotic solid hardwood?
• Has a Fishman Blackstack sound hole pickup with customized ivoroid plating to match the ivoroid body binding?
Find out the correct answers while enjoying this interesting overview of the models exclusive to Martin’s CEO Series.