Martin 000-28ECB, #375/500
Eric Clapton Sig. Edition
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back: Brazilian Rosewood
Binding: Ivoroid with Herringbone Purfling
Board: Ebony with Abalone Diamonds and Squares
Condition: Used, Mint (see description)
Retail Price: $10,000+
Here, we have a none-too-common Martin acoustic - a 000-28ECB.
You'll see plenty of 000-28Ec's around, as Martin continues to make new runs
of that guitar in East Indian Rosewood. But this is the 000-28ECB - made in
a limited run of 500 instruments, this guitar features Brazilian Rosewood
on the back and sides.
From the Martin website (www.mguitars.com):
" The 000-28ECB... has the smaller "000" body size that Clapton
prefers and that is particularly popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists
who like a clear and balanced sound together with the string flexibility that
the shorter 24.9" scale length allows. Crafted with solid woods throughout,
the sides and back are constructed from solid Brazilian rosewood, and the
top is bookmatched from select Sitka spruce for optimum tonal response.
"The rosette is embellished with delicately inlaid herringbone pearl,
and the body is bound with grained ivoroid. A genuine ebony fingerboard
features abalone diamonds and squares bordered in mother of pearl. Eric
Clapton’s signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th
and 20th frets. Each 000-28ECB will bear an interior label, individually
numbered in sequence with the edition total and personally signed by Eric
Clapton and Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV.
" The 000-28ECB is tastefully appointed with a hand beveled and polished
tortoise colored pickguard. Premium Waverly® nickel-plated open-geared
tuning machines are equipped with vintage style "butterbean" knobs.
The squared headstock bears Martin’s tasteful but elegant old-style
A Deluxe Vintage Series Geib Hardshell Case is included.
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