Beautiful condition Martin 000-42EC from 1995. Comes with original hard case.
The 1995 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 performed with. 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. 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.
Each guitar is 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.