2016 (used) Martin CEO-8



Product Description

Martin’s largest acoustic body size, the Grand Jumbo, is combined with solid sycamore back, sides and neck, and a Sitka spruce top with VTS. Enhanced appointments include a black Corian headplate with “The Martin” inlaid in solid mother-of-pearl, a faux red tortoise pickguard with a Purple Martin motif, and unique “backslash” design mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays. Comes equipped with D-TAR Wave-length Multi-Source electronics and bears an interior label individually numbered in sequence and personally signed by C. F. Martin IV.

The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments.

  • Model: CEO-8
  • Construction: Solid Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Size: Grand Jumbo 14-Fret
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce w/ VTS
  • Rosette: Abalone w/ Multi-Stripe
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Non Scalloped X w/ Progressively Scalloped Tone Bars
  • Top Braces: Sitka Spruce 5/16”
  • Back Material: Sycamore
  • Side Material: Sycamore
  • Binding: Black
  • Back Inlay: Multi-Stripe
  • Neck Material: Sycamore
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Headstock Shape: Archtop
  • Headplate: Black Corian
  • Heelcap: Black w/ Multi-Stripe
  • Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4″
  • Number Of Frets Clear: 14
  • Number Of Frets Total: 20
  • Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4”
  • Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/8”
  • Fingerboard Inlays: MOP Backlash Design
  • Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss w/Sunburst
  • Finish Top: Gloss w/Teardrop Sunset Burst
  • Finish Neck: Gloss
  • Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
  • Bridge Style: Modern Belly w/Drop-In Saddle
  • Bridge String Spacing: 2 3/16”
  • Saddle: 16” Radius/Compensated/Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Gold Enclosed Gear
  • Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200)
  • Bridge & End Pins: Bone w/Abalone Dots
  • Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
  • Electronics: D-TAR Wave-Length Multi-Source
  • Case: Martin Hardshell
  • Interior Label: Signed by CFM IV – Numbered in Sequence w/o Total



  1. :

    I thought it sounded good but it looks like a Gibson knock-off.

  2. :

    I agree, Sue. What was Mr. Martin thinking? :). sounds nice, and I really like the Sycamore.

  3. :

    My first reaction before I looked closely was it was a the wrong photo and was a Gibson. I agree, looks like a Gibson knock off!

  4. :

    Martin J-45?

  5. :

    Yes it looks like a cross between a J-200 and a Hummingbird – but that is a good thing! If it was a Japanese or Chinese rip-off cheapie that would be another thing. This cost over 5 grand and it is made by Martin. I think it is tremendous!! and I wish I had one. Mr. Martin, if you would like to get rid of one for some positive reviews, I am here! Great guitar. A masterpiece.

  6. :

    The Martin J-45 was the CEO-6. Another very “Gibson-like” guitar. But this CEO-8 is a true beauty. Wish I had the extra money.

  7. :

    Pretty guitar, and would be a lot better looking if it didn’t have all that black paint hiding that nice looking grain pattern, and that red paint? Looks like it belongs in a circus. Bet it plays and sounds nice though.

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