Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Auditorium Acoustic Guitar with Case

Play the Martin acoustic that Eric Clapton prefers for his blues-style finger-picking -- with a petite 000 body style and comfortable shorter scale length.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
East Indian rosewood back and sides Rich low end; smooth mids; articulate highs
Standard X bracing Delivers improved sustain and projection
Gotoh open-gear tuners with Butterbean knobs Easy to tune; increased tuning stability

The Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Auditorium acoustic guitar combines first-rate playability and unmatched Martin tone with Clapton-approved specifications. A solid Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides generates a powerful and inviting tone through a slightly smaller-sized body. A mahogany neck in a modified V contour features 20 frets secured snugly in a silky solid black ebony fingerboard. A classy pre-war Style 28 snowflake pattern along with Eric Clapton's signature add a touch of elegance to your performance.

Slowhand's Acoustic of Choice

Eric Clapton only plays the best. If it's good enough for him, it's a dream guitar for the rest of us. And even if you're not a fan, you'll love what the "000" body style, shorter scale length, spruce top, and ebony fingerboard will do for your fingerstyle playing.

Warm Sound from a Slightly Smaller Guitar

The slightly smaller "000" body size preferred by Clapton still boasts a big sound when you hit it hard. That's due to the use of two classic acoustic guitar tonewoods: Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce. Sitka spruce will help bring a crispy bite that assists with tonal articulation. Rosewood's tonal characteristics are slightly less potent than mahogany, but you'll certainly have your sonic fix of lows, mids, and that irresistible natural warmth that Martin acoustic guitars are known for.

Mahogany Neck and Ebony Fingerboard

This axe's mahogany neck features 20 frets housed in a silky black ebony read more fingerboard. All frets boast a tight action and a smooth playability, and the slightly shorter scale length of 24.9" gives each string a loser feel that allows more flexibility. Your Martin 000-28EC's mahogany neck is cut into a modified V shape that widens slightly as your hand travels up the fretboard.

Playing Blues, Looking Good

This is a great acoustic guitar for blues lovers. It has a warm sound with just the right amount of bite. Its slightly smaller size and shorter scale length give it a compact and looser feel. The Sitka spruce top presents an attractive linear pattern that contrasts well against the tortoise pickguard. The grained ivoroid binding and Indian rosewood headplate with that iconic Martin and Co. logo assure you an attractive performance when you hit the stage.


- Eric Clapton signature acoustic guitar
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Indian rosewood back and sides
- Tortoise pickguard
- Standard X scalloped body bracing
- Grained ivoroid body binding
- Genuine mahogany neck
- Modified V neck shape
- Scale length of 24.9"
- Solid black ebony fingerboard
- 20 frets -- 14 clear from body
- Solid black ebony bridge
- White bridge pins with black dots
- Nickel open gear tuning machines
- Hardshell case included
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- Model: 000-28EC
- Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
- Body Size: 000-14 Fret
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Rosette: Fine Herringbone
- Top Bracing Pattern: Standard ''X'' Scalloped
- Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16''
- Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Back Purfling: HD Zig-Zag
- Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
- Endpiece Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Binding: Grained Ivoroid
- Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
- Side Inlay: none
- Back Inlay: Black/White Boltaron
- Neck Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Shape: Modified V
- Nut Material: Bone
- Headstock: Solid/Diamond/SquareTaper
- Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood /Large Old Style
- Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid
- Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Scale Length: 24.9''
- Number of Frets Clear: 14
- Number of Frets Total: 20
- Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4''
- Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
- Fingerboard Position Inlays: Diamonds & Squares - Long Pattern
- Fingerboard Binding: none
- Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss
- Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Vintage Toner
- Finish Neck: Polished Gloss
- Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
- Bridge Style: Belly
- Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4''
- Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
- Tuning Machines: Gotoh Nickel Open-Geared w/ Butterbean Knobs
- Recommended Strings: Martin Light Phosphor Bronze (MEC12 )
- Bridge & End Pins: White w/ Black Dots
- Pickguard: Tortoise Color - Beveled & Polished
- Case: 533E Geib style
- Interior Label: CFM IV & Eric Clapton Pre-printed Signatures
- Electronics: Optional
- Other Options: Available left-handed at no additional charge
- Other Comments: All prices & specifications are subject to change without notice.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 24.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 21 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10OOO28EC

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 610-759-2837

Martin 000 28EC Clapton Guitar

In recognition of Eric Clapton's unparalleled stature in the music industry, Martin introduced this incredible instrument in 1996. Since then, it has become one of their most popular models. The award-winning 000-28EC model draws its inspiration from the famous 000-42EC in body size, shape, and tonewoods. It has the smaller "000" body size that Clapton prefers and that is particularly popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who like a clear and balanced sound together with the string flexibility that the shorter 24.9 in. scale length allows. Its top is solid Spruce with a vintage toner finish; the 2-piece back and sides are solid East Indian Rosewood with a gloss finish. Includes hardshell case.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (115 ratings)
Submitted November 24, 2004 by a customer from
"one of the best *finger-picking* guitars out there"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is as good a finger-picking guitar as they come. I was amazed that such a small body could produce such lsuh, full, across the range sound. To second another reviewer, this guitar falls down and dies when it comes to strumming; go back to your HD28 or big body guitars for that.
Good case, stronger than the usual Martin so-so cases.
With the exception of the backpacker, Martin has only made wonderful guitars, as far as I know.
In this price range, you could spend a lot more (Taylor comes to mind) and not get as good.
Manufacturer Support
I've used Martin support for my Martins and I have never had a better customer support experience in my life.
The Wow Factor
It sounds wonderful.
Musical Background:
active musician
Musical Style:
alt, rock
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