• #69 of 200, and personally signed by Eric Clapton and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV.

  • Solid Brazilian Rosewood w/ Alternate Torch Inlay, Ivoroid Binding with Black/White Inlay

  • Back and Side Material:Solid Brazilian Rosewood

  • Headstock:Solid/Diamond/Square Taper w/ C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA Stamp On Back Of Head

  • Bridge Material:Solid Black Ebony

  • Bridge Style:Standard Belly w/ 6 Point Snowflake in Heart Pearl, Bordered in Mother Of Pearl

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Product Description

Perhaps no other musician has so profoundly influenced rock and acoustic blues than British guitarist Eric Clapton. From his early work with John Mayall & the Bluesbrakers, the Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek & the Dominos, through his stellar solo career including the current “Clapton Chronicles” and “Eric Clapton: Blues” CDs, Eric has continually redefined the art of the guitar. His highly influential MTV Unplugged performance and subsequent CD release helped to revitalize acoustic guitar music worldwide.

In 2000, the Martin Guitar Company announced an exciting second limited edition collaboration with Eric Clapton. This was the first time that Martin has honored an artist with two signature limited editions. The first limited edition in honor of Eric Clapton was the 000-42EC. Introduced in 1995, the edition of 461 guitars sold out within days. This guitar, the 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Limited Edition Signature Model, is crafted with rare Brazilian rosewood back and sides and includes extraordinary design features that set it apart from the previous edition.

No more than 200 of these special instruments were be made.

We now have number 69 of the 200 made!

The 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Limited Edition guitar is identical to the 000-42EC in body size and shape. Martin’s small bodied 000 size is especially popular among fingerstyle and blues guitarists who prefer a clear and balanced sound together with the string flexibility that the shorter 24.9″ scale length allows. Crafted with solid woods throughout, the sides and back are bookmatched from Martin’s limited supply of pre-C.I.T.E.S. Certified solid Brazilian rosewood. The soundboard is bookmatched from premium grade Engelmann spruce for optimum tonal response.

The circumference of the rosette, the perimeter of the top, and the area surrounding the extension of the fingerboard are inlaid with Style 42 highly colorful “heart” abalone pearl and trimmed with wood fiber inlay.

An ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard features the Style 45 abalone snowflake inlay pattern. These extremely delicate inlays are cut from “heart” abalone, then painstakingly “re-inlaid” or “bordered” with mother of pearl, creating exceptional contrast with the African black ebony fingerboard. Eric Clapton’s signature is inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

The Brazilian rosewood headplate is inlaid with Martin’s “alternate” torch inlay pattern. This beautiful design was prototyped in 1902 on one of four very ornate 00-45 instruments, but the pattern was nearly abandoned (in favor of Martin’s simpler torch pattern) until its revival for this special Eric Clapton edition. The back of the vintage styled square tapered headstock bears the “C.F. Martin & Co.” antique stamping.

Each 000-42ECB guitar was tastefully appointed with a tortoise colored, polished and beveled pickguard which closely replicates the color and patterning of 1940s vintage Martin pickguards. The highest quality Waverly gold-plated tuning machines with “butterbean” knobs adorn the headstock in the pre-war Martin style. A special deluxe hardshell case is included with the purchase of this 000-42ECB guitar.

This 000-42ECB has an interior label, numbered in sequence, 69 of 200, and personally signed by Eric Clapton and Martin Chairman and CEO, C. F. Martin IV.


000-42ECB (Eric Clapton)
Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size:
000-14 Fret
Solid Engelmann Spruce
Style 45
Top Bracing Pattern:
Standard ”X” Scalloped
Top Braces:
Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16”
Back Material:
Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Back Purfling:
Style 45 – Golden Era
Side Material:
Solid Brazilian Rosewood
Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay:
Black/White Wood Fiber Inlays
Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style:
Style 42 with Black/White Wood Fiber Inlays
Side Inlay:
Back Inlay:
Neck Material:
Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape:
Modified V
Nut Material:
Solid/Diamond/Square Taper w/ C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA Stamp On Back Of Head
Solid Brazilian Rosewood w/ Alternate Torch Inlay, Ivoroid Binding with Black/White Inlay
Grained Ivoroid with Black/White Inlay
Fingerboard Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length:
Number Of Frets Clear:
Number Of Frets Total:
Fingerboard Width At Nut:
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret:
Fingerboard Position Inlays:
Style 45 Snowflakes in Heart Pearl, Bordered in Mother Of Pearl, Eric Clapton Signature
Fingerboard Binding:
Grained Ivoroid with Black/White Inaly
Finish Back & Sides:
Polished Gloss
Finish Top:
Polished Gloss w/ Vintage Toner
Finish Neck:
Polished Gloss w/ Polished Gloss Headplate
Bridge Material:
Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style:
Standard Belly w/ 6 Point Snowflake in Heart Pearl, Bordered in Mother Of Pearl
Bridge String Spacing:
16” Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines:
Waverly Gold w/ Butterbean Knobs
Recommended Strings:
Martin MSP Light 80/20 Bronze
Bridge & End Pins:
Fossilized Ivory w/ Black Pearl Dots
Tortoise Color
533 Geib style w/ Combination Lock
Interior Label:
Signed By CFM IV & Eric Clapton