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Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium Acoustic Guitar  Natural

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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
  • Body
  • Body type: 000
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Bookmatched quartersawn Sitka spruce
  • Back & sides: Premium East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Bracing pattern: Standard X scalloped
  • Body finish: Polished Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: V
  • Nut width: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Select Hardwood
  • Scale length: 24.9"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Polished Gloss
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Nickel-plated with open-geared tuners
  • Bridge: Solid Black Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated/Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: United States
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Martin000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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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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5.0

Can't beat the size and sound of the 000-28EC

By A very Happy Player

from NW Arkansas

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • Very Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    The 000-28EC is a perfect compliment to my Dreadnaught. It's slightly smaller size is also perfect for those informal times where you are just sitting around jamming with friends. Great for songwriting and working new material at home or on the road. Don't get me wrong, it can also bang out a big rich sound when called for.

     
    5.0

    It's like holding gold in your hands.

    By NA

    from Kewaunee, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Plays like brittle rays of sunshine.
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I actually do not own this guitar. I hope someday I will. But for now, I visit the music store from time to time, and I play it for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. It is by far the most beautiful looking guitar I've ever seen.Pictures do not do it justice. The guitar plays incredibly smooth, and sounds absolutely beautiful.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Oh my!

        By Bigby

        from Katy, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fingerstyle

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

          I currently own a Martin D28, 000-15m, and Taylor 614. I've been looking for a smaller body guitar specifically for fingerstyle blues so of course my search lead me to the 000-28ec. The 000-28ec is far and away the best guitar I've ever played. The tone, balance, and feel is just amazing. I was a bit concerned about the neck as it's the first guitar I've owned with the modified v neck. The first few days there was some soreness, much like what you experience when learning a new chord shape. After the first week, the soreness is gone and I absolutely love the feel of the neck. I'm 6'0 and have a bit larger hands than normal, but not out of the ordinary.
          I also went with the tobacco sunburst and boy she's a beauty! This is the guitar to end all guitars for me.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          000-28 EC WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU

          By Bob the Strat Player

          from Springfield, MA

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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 Auditorium 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!

          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 Auditorium 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~~

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Vintage Sunburst.

              By LOSMAN

              from Crystal Lake, IL

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              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Easy To Play Great Sound

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Playing

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

              Great built, awesome playability. Love the ebony fretboard.

              (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 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

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

                (15 of 15 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 Auditorium 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.

                (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EC martin

                By sprinterman

                from Mayville,NY

                Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium 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!

                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Martin 000-28EC

                By Jimmie Blue

                from Flagstaff, Arizona

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                Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium 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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