Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton - Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Black Ebony Fingerboard, and Eric Clapton Signature - Natural
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Designed in Collaboration with Eric Clapton. . .

The sides and back of this instrument are constructed from solid East Indian rosewood. The top is book-matched from select quartersawn Sitka spruce, and the rosette, as well as the perimeter of the sound-boards, are inlaid with finely patterned herringbone wood marquetry. The body is bound with grained ivoroid. A genuine ebony fingerboard features the pre-war Style 28 snowflake pattern in a blond pearl, and Eric Clapton's signature is inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Each 00028BEC bears an interior label, individually numbered in sequence.Includes hard shell case.

  • 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
  • SIDE MATERIAL: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid
  • ENDPIECE INLAY: Black/White Boltaron
  • BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
  • SIDE INLAY: none
  • BACK INLAY: B/W Boltaron
  • NECK MATERIAL: Select hardwood
  • NECK SHAPE: Modified VBoneWhite Corian
  • HEADSTOCK: Solid/Diamond/SquareTapere
  • HEADPLATE: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid
  • SCALE LENGTH: 24.9"
  • # OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
  • # OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
  • FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Diamond & Squares- Long Pattern
  • FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss/ Dark Filler
  • FINISH TOP: Polished Gloss/ Vintage Toner
  • FINISH NECK: Polished Gloss
  • BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
  • SADDLE: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
  • TUNING MACHINES: Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
  • RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MEC12 Light Phosphor Bronze
  • BRIDGE & END PINS: White w/ Black Dots
  • PICKGUARD: Tortoise Color/Beveled and Polished
  • CASE: 533 Geib Style
  • INTERIOR LABEL: Label Signed By C.F. Martin IV & Eric Clapton
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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 000-14 Fret
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Nitrocellulose
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Standard X, 5/16" Solid Sitka Spruce
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Neck Wood Select Hardwood
Neck Shape Modified V
Fingerboard Material Solid Black Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Pearl Pre-war Style 28 Snowflake Pattern
Number of Frets 20 (total), 14 (clear)
Scale Length 24.9"
Tuning Machines Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
Bridge Material Solid Black Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/16" Radius Compensated Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.37"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.1"
Overall Length 39.8"
Strings Martin Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 10OOO28EC

Customer Reviews

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Top Notch Workhorse

I have played almost every mass produced model built by Martin, but I only splurged on one...this one. It has since been with me at hundreds of gigs since, and keeps getting better with age. This is a very special guitar in the Martin line up—it's tone is incredibly versatile, capable of being used for anything from folk, country, bluegrass, acoustic pop, and slack key. It can take strumming and finger-style equally well. Tonally, it sits comfortably between the pristine, piano-like response of an OM and the midrange punch of a Gibson LG—it can sound like either depending completely on playing technique, providing a particularly wide tonal palette for one little guitar. The neck of this guitar has been somewhat of a subjective taste—some of my friends have told me it feels too large to be comfortable to them. For me, it feels like it was made for my hands. The contour makes it feel much more substantial than a typical modern C-shape, but it accommodates wider string spacing that makes finger style much more enjoyable, while supporting the hand through any chord no matter how complex—4 hour gigs has never been so easy. As an added bonus, you may use any pickup you want! No more being stuck with proprietary pickup systems that mar the sides of the instrument long after they've gone obsolete. My one complaint, however, are the tuning machines...they are higher maintenance than modern molded machines. Mine have fallen apart during string changes, leading me to lose a washer on one of them. In addition to this inconvenience, that same machine has become sticky with age and will need changing soon—I understand the aesthetic appeal of vintage style tuners, but did not expect to have this problem on a guitar this price. Besides the tuners however, this guitar is built to last a lifetime and then be willed down for generations...just like your grandfather's old Martin!

Martin 000-28ec

Martin very rarely makes a mistake. They built their reputation on the Dreadnaught, and you can't go wrong with a Martin Dread. Four years ago I decided to be bold and try one of Martn's GPCPA1 guitars, after all, it was a Martin. It was the first non-dread body I tried. Within 6 months I gave it away to my son. He liked it, but it was his first Martin. Last month I decided to try once more and bought a Martin 000-28ec. I love the guitar. I love the smell of the Sitka Spruce, I love the playability and the tone. Although I've only had it one month, it is now the guitar that sets next to my chair in the living room that I pick up during commercials. I know that it will only improve with age and use.

Can't put it down

The ring of of fine guitar thrills me. My fingers are throbbing...this thing inspires me. I keep going back to it after just putting it to rest,,, like an addict! Its an expensive high, but the sound, like a fine wine, well balanced. The action is low no buzz...amazing. It has a beautifully snug fitting well padded heavy case. I'm in love again! LOL
Music background: my hobby

Wowed Every time!!!!!!!!

I love my Martin 000-28ec! I have never played a guitar that reached out and grabbed me the way this beautiful piece of art does. It feels like an extension of my soul. When i go somewhere... she goes too. i love her. i even played her against the stupid expensive Martin 000-28ECB with Brazilian Rosewood... I still preferred my martin over her 10,000 dollar sister model. Clapton and Martin got it right on this one. Pick one up and I assure your crossroad blues, all my love is in vain, and phonagraph blues will come soaring out! It is the unplugged album tone on the money!
Music background: gigging pro

I Love My Martin

My wife bought my Martin 000-28EC as an early birthday gift. I had just broken my foot off my ankle and, as expected, my 28EC helped me pass the time and heal much quicker while laid up. Like my wife, my Martin is a gem. I have to confess that I haven't even used a pick on this guitar yet, because she is such a consummate prize. I’ve only finger-pick my way through recordings, using both my Mojave Audio MA-200 vacuum tube condenser and AKG C-451-B cardioid condenser mics, both of which I purchased through Sweetwater, too! Thanks, Bill Lewis! Even finger-picking this baby is huge with just vocal-guitar treatment and two mics. MY Martin was flawless and perfectly set up out of the box. I replaced the strings with Elixir Nanoweb Lights 12-53's and my Martin rings from here to the Himalayas – simply unparalleled action and sound. I guess one day I’ll get around to using a pick, but for now finger-picking is all I prefer on my recordings – she is simply that special...just like my wife.
Music background: Singer-songwriter, recording engineer
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