Martin 000-28EC (Eric Clapton)

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The Martin 000-28EC is a small-bodied auditorium-size guitar with numerous “pre-war” features. This Eric Clapton signature model (one of around a half dozen different models produced by Martin) was introduced in 1996, 4 years after the release of his “Unplugged.” While Clapton actually played a Martin 000-42 for most of the performance, this CD certainly contributed to resurgence in sales around the auditorium-size guitar. The main area of distinction for the 000-28EC from other 000’s is its width at the nut (1 3/4" vs. 1 11/16"). The top is bookmatched quartersawn (less grain runout) sitka spruce—supported by scalloped bracing—while the sides are east Indian rosewood. Like pre-war 000’s, the ebony fingerboard is adorned with snowflakes and the body is adorned with herringbone wood marquetry. The magohany neck features a “modified” V-profile where most 000’s go with something a little rounder. The 000-28EC is a good choice for fingerstyle, strumming, or soloing with its full balanced tone.

Clapton has called this guitar, “utilitarian in the very BEST sense of the word.” As of 2008, over 15,000 of this model have been sold.

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Street Price: $3,299.00 / MSRP: $4,349.00

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Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Fine Herringbone
Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
Side Inlay: none
Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Neck Shape: Modified V
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/SquareTaper
Headplace: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Large Old Style
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 24.9''
# of Frets Clear: 14
# of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Long Pattern
Fingerboard Binding: none
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Vintage Toner ; Sunburst available at additional cost.
Finish Neck: Polished Gloss
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin Light Phosphor Bronze (MEC12 )
Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Pickguard: Tortoise Color - Beveled & Polished
Case: 533E Geib style
Interior Label: CFM IV & Eric Clapton Pre-printed Signatures
Electronics: Optional
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