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Martin Introduces<br>1995 Eric Clapton 000-42EC Signature Edition

Release Date: 01/01/95
Source: Press Release

The Martin Guitar Company is proud to announce a significant collaboration with world renowned guitarist, Eric Clapton. As part of an ongoing annual limited edition guitar program, Martin will be handcrafting a series of special 000-42EC Eric Clapton signature model acoustic guitars.

The 000-42EC model was designed in conjunction with Eric Clapton’s wish to blend two specific vintage Martin 000 small bodied acoustic guitars that Clapton regularly performs with on stage and in the studio. The two guitars, which were made highly visible on Clapton’s MTV Unplugged Concert and subsequent Grammy award-winning compact disc release, are a vintage 1939 000-42 and a vintage 000-28. His 000-28 was modified with style 45 fingerboard, headstock and top pearl by Martin historian and inlay artist, Mike Longworth. Eric’s favorite features from the two instuments have been combined and optimized to create the 1995 Limited Edition 000-42EC.

The smaller "000" body size with a short 24.9" scale length is particularly popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a delicate and balanced tone. The 000-42EC is tastefully appointed with a tortoise colored pickguard, a Style 45 pearl inlaid C. F. Martin headplate, and ivoroid bindings. The perimeter of the soundboard has been painstakingly inlaid with highly colored Style 42 abalone pearl top inlay. Crafted with solid woods throughout, the sides and back are constructed from premium grade solid East Indian rosewood and the top is bookmatched from select quartersawn Sitka spruce. Vintage style Martin gold-plated open-geared tuning machines are equipped with unique "butterbean" knobs. A genuine ebony fingerboard features the original Style 45 snowflake pattern in abalone pearl, and Eric Clapton’s signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

A deluxe soft padded burgundy velour-lined five-ply hardshell case has been designed to house this special guitar. Appropriately, the case features top-of-the-line hardware, a three-digit combination lock, and an engraved brass limited edition plate.

The edition is limited to 461 instruments, each individually numbered and personally signed by Eric Clapton and C. F. Martin IV. The number "461" was taken from his 1974 comeback album entitled "461 Ocean Boulevard," the address of the house in Florida that Clapton rented during the album's recording sessions.

A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of these guitars will be donated to The Eric Clapton Children’s Trust, a fund that will be dispersed to children’s charities worldwide at the specific discretion of Eric Clapton, who as a result of the loss of his own child, has a significant interest in the concerns of children.

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