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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

     

    (0)

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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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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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(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!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new sweetheart

By Mellowman

from NJ

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Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium 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.

(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!

(8 of 8 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 Auditorium 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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Such a Steal Deal

By Howlin' Stratman

from Vancouver, WA

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Comments about Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton Signature Auditorium 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!

(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!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Acoustic I have ever played!

By ilovemartinguitars!

from Cleveland, TN

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

Went to the music store to drop about 5000 on a new acoustic, after owning a Martin D16 (which I still own and love) I wanted something other than a Martin. Not b/c I disliked my D16, simply for a variety. However, After playing every Taylor, Guild, etc they had I was about to leave. I then saw the Clapton hanging on the wall and grabbed it. Bought it in 10 minutes. By far the best acoustic I have ever played. Neck design is fatter than normal, but fits in your palm perfectly. Tone is outstanding. I only by Martin now.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Price Big Sound

By tbone

from Moline, IL

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

If you own a Martin guitar you know the quality is there. I own several Martins and they all have a unique feel and sound to them. The impressive thing about the 00028ec is its tone. Every string has an equal tonal quality??.something I wasn?t use to hearing with my other Martins. I have a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup installed in my 00028ec?..It has a phenomenal sound. I love this guitar.

(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.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Eric Clapton Sig

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    Spotting the guitar that john mayer used in his Where the light is Concert/dvd I rushed across the room eager to be blown away. I quickly tuned down for a little "Neon" and was surprised by what i heard and felt. The guitar was nice sounding and playability was excellent but it did not have the magic that i was expecting. My goal when shopping for guitars is to find one with a strong, unique character and these days those are becoming harder and harder to find. There is no doubt that this guitar is beautiful and very well made and who knows, maybe it just needs to be broken in. However, for this price you can get a very nice vintage guitar with personality and have some money left over.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classy and Elegant

    By monkeyboy-UfI5s

    from nj

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

    Have 3 signature martins (this Eric Clapton, Andy Summers, and Richie Sambora)... all unique but I have to say this one stands out a bit... the sound is so sweet yet crisp (I use Martin Eric Clapton light strings)... when I play this in my porch looking at the woods the acoustic sound blends in with mother nature so so well...However, this is a pure acoustic, there is no pickup so buyers beware.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best all around guitar

    By wolfman

    from tacoma wa

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    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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Her Majesty!!!!

      By Guitar Freak-qzTBo

      from Mexico City

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

      I have had acoustic guitars since I was 17. I?ve tried everything from Yamahas (early on) to Epiphones, Ovations, Gibson?s J-45?s, Fenders, Guilds, Taylors, etc. One day I realized that I had about 10 acoustic guitars and none of them really made the fit. You know what I?m saying, that fit of an instrument that you just pick it up and 4 hours can go by and you are still enjoying it and cannot seem to put it down. Well I went to where they had all of the above mentioned instruments and I started trying each and every one of them, including the 4 to 5 $figure models, not one of them was good forget great. I was about to give up until I saw this guitar and said ?well I?ll give a try?. One hour had gone by and I was still playing it. At that point in time it was the single best guitar I?ve played in my life; playability, both finger-style, lazy blues, rock, country; even with attack it sounds amazing. I tried intonation harmonics and right on the money. Unfortunately I didn?t take it home because it was blemished so I ordered one from Martin, hoping that my experience wasn?t a fluke and would be stuck again with a Dog, a Lemon. After a string change, her highness had arrived; it played even better than the one at the store. Whatever I can say of this guitar won?t do it justice, and if you enjoy playing that carefully picked and finger style blues Eric Clapton plays a la Robert Johnson Otis Rush style, your jaw will drop. I loved this guitar so much that when Martin announced the launching of 000-42-M EC Model (only 250 guitars available and now completely sold out), I immediately called and placed a down payment for it. So after several thousands of dollars later I?m finally happy to say I have found my queen, so get yourself one and avoid the Gibsons; as a true Gibson lover I tell you that when it comes to acoustics Gibson has been for years now a true disappointment for me. Oh and if you record, you will love the sound of this Martin in the studio, it doesn?t sound, she sings to you. Even when you?re putting it back in her case you can hear the harmonics whistle. I LOVE IT?. Nuff said?

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A beautifully made guitar !

      By Terry-Sawra

      from North Carolina

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

      This guitar was bought so that I would have a "sitting down" type guitar to play. I do mostly fingerstyle playing and this instrument is IDEAL for that kind of work. More comfortable because the back end is smaller and the neck is great because of it's shape and length. Not as boomy as my HD28 Marquis, this guitar has a smaller, more delicate balanced range, bass thru treble.I would reccomend the extra dollars for this model over the plain 000-28 Martin makes. Just pulling it out of the case makes you say AAHHHH!Martin STILL makes great stuff!!! My seventh one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vintage Sunburst.

      By LOSMAN

      from Crystal Lake, IL

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      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best guitar ever

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

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

      This guitar is unbelievable. The first time I played it, I was totally in awe. It's got such a great tone, especially for blues. It's so easy to bend the strings and the overall feel is just amazing. Best guitar I've ever played, hands down.

      (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Clapton plays this

      By Jeb

      from Tennessee

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

      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.

       
      5.0

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

      By Livin' the dream in the Ozarks

      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

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        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.

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