Guitar Center is pleased to present the 2009 Martin 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition. Only 461 Martin 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition guitars will be built, a number which coincides with the total for the very first Martin to bear his name: 1995's ground-breaking 000-42EC Eric Clapton Signature Edition. The Limited Edition total includes both the 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition with a vintage-toned top and the 000-28M Eric Clapton Sunburst Limited Edition with a classic 1935 style sunburst top.
The 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition features the same extraordinary solid tonewoods as its predecessor. The back and sides are beautiful Madagascar rosewood, considered by many to be the most comparable in appearance and sound to the now-nearly extinct Brazilian rosewood. The top is Carpathian spruce, a spruce from Eastern Europe that combines exceptional dynamic range with impressive warmth. Scalloped 5/16" width top braces add tonal clarity. The 1 3/4-inch (at the nut) modified V neck with diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany.
The appointments are - in a word - elegant. Fine herringbone purfling encircles the top, while the Style 45 rosette features a center ring of beautiful agoya pearl herringbone. An HD "zig- zag" back strip divides the back, and fine black/white/black purfling accents the grained ivoroid binding on the back and sides. The end piece and heel cap both are grained ivoroid, each framed by delicate black/white/black inlays. A Delmar tortoise-pattern pick guard protects the top.
The polished Madagascar rosewood head plate provides a handsome backdrop for the familiar gold C. F. Martin decal; the headstock also features nickel Waverly™ open-back tuners with butterbean knobs. Martin's "long pattern" diamonds and squares position markers on the black ebony fingerboard are inlaid in abalone pearl with mother of pearl borders and culminate in Eric Clapton’s signature, reproduced in mother of pearl, between the 19th and 20th frets.
The nut and compensated drop-in saddle are bone, with the latter fitted to a black ebony belly bridge. The white bridge pins and end pin, topped with black dots, also are crafted from bone.
The deep amber vintage toner on the 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition and the striking gradation of color on the 000-28M Eric Clapton Sunburst Limited Edition imbues each with distinctive vintage style. Martin's polished gloss lacquer finish puts the beauty of the tone woods and appointments on full display.
Delivered in a Geib™ style hardshell case, each of the 461 Martin 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition and 000-28M Eric Clapton Sunburst Limited Edition guitars bears an interior label personally signed by Eric Clapton and individually numbered in sequence with the edition total. Left-handed instruments may be ordered at no additional charge.