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The Madagascar Rosewood Eric Clapton 000-28M

Release Date: 01/15/09
Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 26 - January 2009
000-28M Eric Clapton
000-28M Eric Clapton Sunburst

Another In A Series Of Extraordinary Clapton Signature Edition

Back in late 2007, just before Martin introduced the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition guitar, Eric Clapton suggested in an interview he wanted to take an extended break from music (for the exact quote, see the January, 2008 Sounding Board at Truth be told, the rock legend appears to be having too much fun to go on a long hiatus: in 2008, he barely slowed down.

In February, he joined friend and former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood for a concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Later that month, he picked up a Grammy Award – his 18th(!) – for his collaboration with J.J. Cale on the album, The Road to Escondido. The paperback edition of his best selling book Clapton: the Autobiography was published in May, but by then the man himself already was on the road for a spring and summer tour that included concerts in the United States, Ireland, England, Iceland and Northern Europe. After actually taking a few months off at the end of the year, he is scheduled for a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand early in 2009.

In his spare time, he clearly has been enjoying his Martin 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition, so much so that, when approached about a possible new namesake Martin, he suggested another 000 with the same rare tonewoods, but one a bit less fancy. The new Martin 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition fits that description perfectly.

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 groundbreaking 000-42EC Eric Clapton Signature Edition. The Limited Edition total includes both the 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition with a natural 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 1¾-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” backstrip divides the back, and fine black/white/black purfling accents the grained ivoroid binding on the back and sides. The endpiece and heelcap both are grained ivoroid, each framed by delicate black/white/black inlays. A Delmar tortoise-pattern pickguard protects the top.

The polished Madagascar rosewood headplate 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 tonewoods 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. Authorized C. F. Martin dealers will take orders for the 000-28M Eric Clapton Limited Edition and 000-28M Eric Clapton Sunburst Limited Edition guitars until the edition is fully subscribed. A list of participating dealers will be posted on this website approximately one month after the model’s introduction.

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