The Enduring Relationship Between Martin Guitars And Clapton Began With This Guitar And Has Far-Reaching Consequences.
Crafted In Collaboration With Eric Clapton's Vision, The 000-42EC Limited Edition Model Incorporates Two Of His Iconic Vintage Martin 000 Small Acoustic Guitars That He Frequently Played. These Guitars Gained Significant Popularity Through Clapton's MTV Unplugged Shows And Subsequent Grammy-Winning Album Releases. Drawing Inspiration From The 1939 000-42 Vintage Guitar And The 1966 000-28 Vintage Guitar, Clapton's Modified 000-28 Features A ‘Style 45’ Fretboard, Headstock, And Top-Grade Pearl Enhancements Designed By Martin Historian And Inlay Artist Mike Longworth. The Most Beloved Attributes Of These Instruments Were Skillfully Combined And Optimized To Create The Martin Limited Edition 000-42EC In 1995.
The Guitar Features A Smaller "000" Body Size, Accompanied By A Short 24.9" Scale Length, Which Has Gained Immense Popularity Among Fingerstyle And Blues Guitarists. The Tasteful Appointments Of The 000-42EC Include A Tortoise-Colored Pickguard, A C. F. Martin Headplate Adorned With ‘Style 45’ Pearl Inlay, And Ivoroid Bindings. The Soundboard Perimeter Showcases Meticulously Inlaid Highly Colored ‘Style 42’ Abalone Pearl Top Inlay. Crafted With Premium Solid Woods, The Sides And Back Feature Exquisite Solid East Indian Rosewood, While The Top Is Made From Select Quartersawn Sitka Spruce, Bookmatched For Optimal Quality. Vintage-Style Martin Gold-Plated Open-Geared Tuning Machines With Unique "Butterbean" Knobs Add A Touch Of Elegance. The Genuine Ebony Fingerboard Displays The Original ‘Style 45’ Snowflake Pattern In Abalone Pearl, And Eric Clapton's Signature Is Delicately Inlaid In Mother Of Pearl Between The 19th And 20th Frets.
Each Guitar Is Individually Numbered And Personally Signed By Eric Clapton And C. F. Martin IV. The Number "461" Is Derived From Clapton's 1974 Comeback Album Titled "461 Ocean Boulevard," Which Corresponds To The Address Of The House He Rented In Florida During The Album's Recording Sessions.
Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Solid Rosewood Back And Sides
000 Body Size
14th Fret Neck/Body Joint
Sitka Spruce 5/16” Scalloped X Bracing
Genuine Mahogany Neck With Modified “V” Shape
Black Ebony Fretboard
Style 45 Snowflake Fretboard Inlays With Eric Clapton Signature
Rosewood Headplate With Torch Inlay
Style 45 Rosette
Ivoroid Fretboard Binding
24.9" Scale Length
1-3/4" Nut Width
Bone Nut And Saddle
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
Waverly Gold Tuners With Butterbean Knobs16" Radius
2-1/4” Bridge String Spacing
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