Martin 000-28EC - USA 2003
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The Martin 000-28EC has a rich history that stems from the collaboration between Eric Clapton, one of the most influential guitarists of our time, and the renowned American guitar manufacturer, C.F. Martin & Co.
The story begins in the early 1990s when Eric Clapton visited the Martin factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Clapton, known for his distinctive fingerstyle playing and bluesy tone, expressed his desire to have a signature model that embodied his preferences and playing style. Impressed by Clapton's musicality and artistry, Martin saw an opportunity to create a guitar that would bear his name.
The result of this collaboration was the Martin 000-28EC, first introduced in 1995. The "000" in the model name refers to the guitar's body shape, which is smaller and more comfortable than Martin's larger dreadnought models. This body shape, combined with Eric Clapton's specifications, was designed to deliver a balanced tone with a focus on clarity and responsiveness.
The 000-28EC quickly gained popularity among both Clapton enthusiasts and guitarists seeking a versatile and high-quality instrument. Its tonal characteristics, construction quality, and the influence of Clapton's playing style attracted musicians from various genres, including blues, folk, and fingerstyle.
- Body Shape: 000
- Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides Wood: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Low profile with Eric Clapton's signature "V" shape
- Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlays: Diamond and square patterns
- Bridge Wood: Ebony
- Scale Length: 24.9 inches
- Nut Width: 1.75 inches
- Number of Frets: 20
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Rosette: Style 28
- Tuners: Chrome enclosed with large buttons
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Finish: Polished Gloss (top), Satin (back and sides)
This guitar is so comfortable to play, with a rich tone and serious projection unsurpassed by few 000 style guitar we’ve ever come across.
There are few discernable signs of use except for a few light pick marks on the guard. The timber is unmarked, the metal untarnished, frets look unplayed, and the whole package presents virtually as new. It is in absolutely fabulous condition for a 20 year old guitar. And it’s only going to get better.
Comes in its original Martin hardshell case in excellent condition.