000-42M ERIC CLAPTON LIMITED EDITION (250 total)
Since the original 000-42EC Eric Clapton Signature Edition was introduced in 1995, Clapton has explored the sonic subtleties of various tonewood combinations in the 000 Martin guitars that bear his name, but the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition may well boast the most exciting tonewood combination yet. The top is Carpathian spruce, which blends the power and clarity of Adirondack spruce, and the warmth and responsiveness of Italian alpine spruce. The back and sides are Madagascar rosewood, prized for its uncanny resemblance in both appearance and rich resonance to the now-endangered Brazilian rosewood.
Reminiscent of the Brazilian rosewood 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Signature Edition Martin produced in 2000, the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition features spectacular abalone pearl appointments throughout. In the tradition of classic Martins from the early 1930s and before, the back of the headstock bears the historic "C.F. Martin" pressure stamp. The ebony fingerboard showcases Style 45 abalone pearl snowflake inlays with Eric Clapton's signature inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.
Each 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition bears an interior label personally signed by Eric Clapton and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV, and individually numbered in sequence with the edition total. The guitars are delivered in with a deluxe Geib™ style five-ply hardshell case: left-handed instruments may be ordered at no additional charge.
The 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition is fully bound in grained ivoroid; black and white fine line inlays accent the headplate and mitered fingerboard binding, while black and white fine line purfling enhances the back and side binding. A Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strip bisects the back. The headstock is fitted with Waverly™ nickel opengeared tuning machines with white ivoroid butterbean knobs. Style 45 bone bridge pins topped with abalone pearl dot inlays on the ebony belly bridge are matched by an abalone pearl-inlaid bone endpin. Both the nut and compensated saddle are crafted from genuine bone for exceptional sound.
The polished and beveled acetate/nitrate vintage-style tortoise pickguard is particularly striking against this guitar’s two available top hues: the deep amber vintage toner offered standard and the optional 1937 Style Sunburst, available for an extra charge. Martin’s immaculate polished gloss finish on the body, neck and headplate enables the rich colors of the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition’s tonewoods and inlays to shine.
Martin 000-42M Eric Clapton Madagascar Rosewood
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