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Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar  

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A beautiful guitar worthy of a great player!

The Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar is handcrafted with a premium East Indian rosewood back and sides and a bookmatched top of select quartersawn Sitka spruce. Its smaller 000 body size and short 24-9/10" scale help produce delicate, balanced tones. The rosette and soundboard are inlaid with herringbone wood marquetry, and the body is bound with grained ivoroid. An ebony fingerboard features a long diamonds-and-squares pattern in abalone pearl. Eric's signature is inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. Tastefully appointed with hand-beveled tortoise pickguard, nickel-plated open-geared machines equipped with unique butterbean knobs. Each Martin Eric Clapton Signature Guitar bears an interior label, individually numbered in sequence. Includes limited lifetime warranty and deluxe Martin hardshell case. Choose Natural or 1935 Sunburst in the drop down menu.

FEATURES
  • Premium East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Bookmatched quartersawn Sitka spruce
  • 000 body size
  • 24-9/10" scale
  • Herringbone rosette and soundboard inlays
  • Grained ivoroid binding
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Long diamonds-and-squares abalone inlay pattern
  • Eric's signature inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 19th and 20th frets
  • Hand-beveled tortoise pickguard
  • Nickel-plated open-geared tuners
  • Butterbean knobs
  • Individually numbered in sequence
  • Natural or 1935 Sunburst
  • Includes limited lifetime warranty and deluxe Martin hardshell case

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Martin000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 42 reviews)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      My new sweetheart

      I played (and recorded on an H2) about 100 guitars in my search for the right one for me as a recording artist and performing singer/songwriter. I have the recording of me...Read complete review

      I played (and recorded on an H2) about 100 guitars in my search for the right one for me as a recording artist and performing singer/songwriter. I have the recording of me giggling hysterically when first playing this. I happen to be a fan of the Gibson J45. It has a focused and punchy low end, unlike most Martins I've played. I don't like boom, and I don't like a fuzzy and mushy bass, so I thought I'd end up with the J45, which was one of the final cut. Also in the mix was a Gibson Hummingbird Pro Vintage which had a shimmer to it but a bit too much boom. But one of the last guitars I tried was the 000-28EC. It has the focused bass I was looking for in the Gibsons without sacrificing a bell-like top end. It's just a balanced instrument. The one I bought actually had dead, almost rusty strings on it which brought out the uniqueness of this instrument. I went through a lot of strings to try to regain that magic I heard that first time. The perfect solution for me is to allow the low E and A strings to deaden completely. Phosphor bronze takes too long for this and is too fuzzy, so go with 80/20 or 85/15. They may start bright but quickly mellow out. Once dead, leave them and only change the other 4. Another alternative is Silk and Steel, which sounds nice, but I think this guitar is better with at least light gauge bass strings and maybe even mediums. But I also like the shimmer of phosphor bronze on the D and G strings, especially Martin FX740 fingerstyle strings, which I also reviewed as my current faves. It's a beautiful instrument that may be underappreciated until the right strings are on it. One thing I have to get used to is the V-shaped neck. My hands aren't large and it's a bit bulky, but that may account for some of the tone.

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      Clapton plays this

      I stopped by a music store and headed to the acoustic section. I saw the guitar and really loved the way it looked. Beautiful finish and binding. Very very small. So I thought...Read complete review

      I stopped by a music store and headed to the acoustic section. I saw the guitar and really loved the way it looked. Beautiful finish and binding. Very very small. So I thought if Clapton plays these, they must be damn good. WRONG! I'm a fingerstyle player, and use acrylic nails so I can get some good projetion, but I couldn't get anything out of it. I was greatly disappointed with it. I use a Maton BG808 Artist, which is half the price, and it just roars. The EC model is a bit over rated, well over priced, and no comparison to a Maton.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      000-28 EC WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU

      By Bob The Stratplayer

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune
      • V Shaped Neck
      • Wider Nut

      Cons

      • High Priced

      Best Uses

      • Finger Style

      Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

      I have been playing this model guitar for the last 10 years, every time I went to the music store, but never felt it would be appropriate to shell out this much dough for a guitar. Yesterday, admitting I'm not getting any younger and having made great progress on my guitar acquisition "Punch list" over the years, I decided it was time to buy the 000-28 EC. This guitar is amazing. I own 2 other Martins (D-28 and D-1) as well as a Gibson J-45. These dreadnoughts are fantastic in their own right, but I wanted something more appropriate for fingerstyle. I love the tone (balanced, not boomy bass) and the neck/fingerboard...very comfortable. This instrument is a work of art. I can't put it down! Highly recommed you try one if you are seeking a high end acoustic and you are a fingerstylist!

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      5.0

      0015 vs Clapton

      By postalslave

      from ligonier ,pa

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

          I for one love the Guitar I have a Martin 0015 that I paid six ninty nine back in 2006 and I think for the money their is none better . I played Eric Clapton`s model and the sound is no where close to the 0015 now I may be a bit one sided BUT I really think I just happened on to a Martin (Stradivarius )! I woulld love to have a Clapton but mine has just the right amount of lacquer very thin and the sound resonates loud and deep what a Guitar .However I do want a Clapton just for investment purposes !! Martins never go down in value and always go up !other than that I`ll take em both Good playing all~~

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Vintage Sunburst.

          By LOSMAN

          from Crystal Lake, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Play Great Sound

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Playing

          Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

          Great built, awesome playability. Love the ebony fretboard.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best all around guitar

          By wolfman

          from tacoma wa

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Great For Finger Style

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            Best all around guitar for all styles of music, for flat and finger style

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            (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pastor/Worship Leader

            By P.K. Hallinan

            from Ashland, OR

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            I would recommend this guitar to anyone who want a light, bright, well-amplified accoustic guitar. The minute I first strummed it in the music store, I had to own it. I have been happy with it every day ever since!
            Easily the best guitar I have ever owned, and I am now 67 years old. Incredibly bright, yet soft to the touch. Light weight, but with substantial volume. I will never buy another guitar.
            Everything about it is first class!
            Spendy, but worth it. Outshines all other guitars in the same price range.

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EC martin

            By sprinterman

            from Mayville,NY

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            Excellant guitar, have had mine for about 5 years now and no issues whatsoever. Great sounding, playability is great, don't have a bad thing to say about it. To those who marked less than a 5 on value, they are selling for around a grand more than what I paid for it 5 years ago!

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Martin 000-28EC

            By Jimmie Blue

            from Flagstaff, Arizona

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            The Martin 000-28EC is the first guitar in my collection that makes me think I should get rid of some of my other guitars. It is absolutely beautiful; it has a powerful sound but can be delicate. I chose it because of the relatively short scale (easier to fret and bend notes) and because of the slightly wider neck which makes it easier to play. Minor point, but the Martin case is excellent quality. American still has the edge on excellent guitars at a reasonable price. In all honesty, I wish it did not have Eric Clapton's signature on it because some may think that is why I bought it; I bought it and love it because of its geometry, material, and sound. However, the signature is not too obvious so I can live with it. Me, satisfied customer!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Such a Steal Deal

            By Howlin' Stratman

            from Vancouver, WA

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            While I have been primarily an electric guitar player, every time I?ve gone to the music store, I picked up the EC Martin and played one and thought this would be the one to buy. I happened to find my guitar on consignment at a local music store for an obscenely low price and in near mint condition ? I could not pass it up.Even without the modern electric tidbits found in most acoustic guitars today, the sound is quite loud indeed. I can?t say it?s the best sounding guitar I?ve ever played because that honour goes to a 1960 Fender Strat, but I can say that it is in the top 2!About the Guitar. I love the honey coloured Sitka Spruce top and the fret board is rich black Ebony. The overall detail is subtle, very elegant and brilliant.The sound is rich, crisp and resonant. It has proved to be easy to play and a welcome addition to my collection.Care. I can say that I?m a bit worried about care, specifically as to humidity and temperature. Martin is quite specific and I?d have to say in wintertime, it?s not 72 ? 77 degrees in the house, so I?m going to have to figure that one out.All in all a steal of a deal. Whomever you are, thank you!

            Comment on this review

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My new sweetheart

            By Mellowman

            from NJ

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            I played (and recorded on an H2) about 100 guitars in my search for the right one for me as a recording artist and performing singer/songwriter. I have the recording of me giggling hysterically when first playing this. I happen to be a fan of the Gibson J45. It has a focused and punchy low end, unlike most Martins I've played. I don't like boom, and I don't like a fuzzy and mushy bass, so I thought I'd end up with the J45, which was one of the final cut. Also in the mix was a Gibson Hummingbird Pro Vintage which had a shimmer to it but a bit too much boom. But one of the last guitars I tried was the 000-28EC. It has the focused bass I was looking for in the Gibsons without sacrificing a bell-like top end. It's just a balanced instrument. The one I bought actually had dead, almost rusty strings on it which brought out the uniqueness of this instrument. I went through a lot of strings to try to regain that magic I heard that first time. The perfect solution for me is to allow the low E and A strings to deaden completely. Phosphor bronze takes too long for this and is too fuzzy, so go with 80/20 or 85/15. They may start bright but quickly mellow out. Once dead, leave them and only change the other 4. Another alternative is Silk and Steel, which sounds nice, but I think this guitar is better with at least light gauge bass strings and maybe even mediums. But I also like the shimmer of phosphor bronze on the D and G strings, especially Martin FX740 fingerstyle strings, which I also reviewed as my current faves. It's a beautiful instrument that may be underappreciated until the right strings are on it. One thing I have to get used to is the V-shaped neck. My hands aren't large and it's a bit bulky, but that may account for some of the tone.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing guitar, no BUTS about it

            By Jillian

            from Boulder, Colorado

            Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Acoustic Guitar:

            I get really irritated if someone leaves a review that is simply bashing a brand and not giving the attributes to the guitar. That said, the Martin OM28V has been noted as one of their top models as far as balanced tone. This is an amazing guitar that will hold up to anything out there, INCLUDING guitars from individual makers. No BUTS about it. The tone of this guitar is heavenly. Great bass, marvelous mid-range and singing trebles. The action on mine came in at 3/32 which is a good standard for acoustics. I heard Rory Block play hers in concert and I loved the sound of that guitar. Mine is certainly as good. I play professionally, teach at a performing art school and have my Master's in music. This guitar is worth every penny and certainly stands up to the legend of the Martin name. And yes, it will hold up to anything out there - and in my opinion it sounds and plays better than guitars built by small builders. Since they have been building guitars since 1833, and the factory is still in the Martin family, they know a thing or two about building great guitars.

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