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Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Sep 24th, 2019 03:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

This one checked all the boxes for me- small bodied all-mahogany with a chunky neck. The sunburst was a bonus.

The official designation, according to the paperwork, is "Custom Shop CEO-7 slope-shouldered 00-14." I've never seen another one.

I played for a while when it arrived yesterday, and it felt tight. It has new strings; Martins, I'm guessing. But I put it away with a humidifier, and when I came back a few hours later it felt better and really opened up. It started ringing out nicely, sounded really good.

It's got a Mod V neck with a 1 3/4" nut, in satin- my favorite Martin neck. Zero fret wear. It's a 2014 with barely a scratch on it, so I don't think it's been played much. That's about to change.

Another bonus is that it has a K&K pickup. It has their vintage jack, which I've never seen before. Will plug it in to my Roland AC-60 amp and see how it sounds.

I found it at Chicago Music Exchange. This is my second purchase from them, and both times they were excellent to work with. Best packing job I've ever seen, too.

Martin CEO

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Sep 24th, 2019 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Looks good.

"It's got a Mod V neck with a 1 3/4" nut, in satin- my favorite Martin"

Mine too, in fact probably my all time favorite acoustic guitar neck. Enjoy that thing.

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Sep 24th, 2019 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I really like that.

Ragtop
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the sweeter the music.
Sep 24th, 2019 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. Gotta lose those white bridge pins, though. I have a set of ebony & MOP pins on the way.


Here's another.

Full Frontal

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 09:26 AM, Sep 24th, 2019)

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Sep 24th, 2019 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like the smaller guitars. I’ve been looking at the 0017s.
Whenever I start feeling I have to have one I just pull out my 2005 00-15. I’d like one like it with the spruce top.

I could almost get enough cash to cover it if I sold off my 000-15S. All mahogany before they started adding the M designation

00-17S

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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Sep 24th, 2019 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats (again). Looks great...I really like that muted herringbone trim - and you're right; some ebony bridge pins will look much better.

Also, it's amazing how regular play will open up a guitar. Keep pickin' and you'll soon be grinnin'!

The K&K pickups sometimes take a little eq tweaking, but personally I think they're perfect for smaller bodied guitars - in larger guitars they can get pretty boomy and need lots more eq-ing.

Ragtop
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Sep 25th, 2019 03:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

mikey, I've played it for about 3 hours now and it is a completely different instrument than when it arrived. New strings, gotta put some miles on them.

I just ordered a set of LaBella Silk & Steel lights for it. Those strings were perfect for the little Santa Cruz that I bought/sold, and I'm looking forward to hearing them on this one.

Also, I flatpicked it for a while (while watching "Country Music" on TV) and it played great. I don't even know what the string spacing is, but I like it just fine. And the guitar sounded good, no boxiness at all.

Ragtop
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Sep 25th, 2019 03:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

As for the K&K, you can't beat 'em.

I have four acoustics in the house right now (Guild, Goodall, Yairi, and Martin), and all of them have a K&K Pure Mini.

I did the install myself on the Guild and the Yairi, had it done on the Goodall.

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Sep 26th, 2019 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great report - glad to hear it's holding up to the Martin reputation: "The worst your Martin will ever sound is the day you buy it."

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Sep 27th, 2019 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just ordered a (**gasp!**) pickguard for it.


A nice teardrop tortoise p/g made by Holter Pickguards in Chattanooga. Very high quality.

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Sep 28th, 2019 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Holter makes good stuff. I've ordered from him before and will likely order from him again.

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Oct 4th, 2019 04:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Taylor @ Holter has been really great about getting this right. I want a smaller p/g than what Martin generally uses. I want something more like a Santa Cruz p/g. Taylor makes mock-ups on paper and sends them to me to cut out and try on the guitar. I think he just about has it nailed. The guy is meticulous.

And I replaced whatever strings were on it with LaBella Silk & Steel lights, which are the perfect string for a small, all-hog guitar. Sublime tone, and they feel good under my fingers.

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Nov 21st, 2019 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here she is, all done. Added the Holter Pickguard, ebony bridge pins, and the LaBella strings.

Such a sweet guitar! Plays like a dream.

CEO-7

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Nov 21st, 2019 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Stop it! Your driving me crazy.

“o)

Ragtop
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Nov 21st, 2019 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Haha!

You'd like this one, hush.

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Nov 21st, 2019 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

WELL DONE!

I share your preference for MOD V necks.

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Nov 22nd, 2019 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful. And the guard looks perfect.

Taylor (AKA Aaron) Mullins IS meticulous and does beautiful work. I just put one of his guards on my J-18...now it looks perfect as well.

Keep enjoying that beauty...like hush said, you're driving us crazy! Makes me think I should get one as well (I've played a righty one at Dietze and was impressed.)

I assume it has the short (24.9") scale like the standard model? Should play nicely.

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Nov 22nd, 2019 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good Gosh, that is pretty!!

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Nov 22nd, 2019 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Love that last picture, Ragtop.

The new bridge pins don't look so much like Muppet eyes like the white ones did.

Ragtop
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Nov 22nd, 2019 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, guys. It really looks better in person as it's so glossy that it is hard to photograph without getting a ton of reflection.

You're right, mikey, 24.9" scale. Plays like a dream.

Taylor really worked at getting the p/g right. He knew what I wanted and nailed it.

I've downsized to 3 acoustics- this Martin, my old Guild, and a Goodall. Each one makes my heart skip a beat when I open the case.

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