Model: 000-ECHF Bellezza Vera

Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint

Body SIZE: 000-14 Fret

Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce

Rosette: Custom Design w/ White Fiber Inlay Borders on Both Rings

Top Bracing Pattern: 000 14-Fret

Top Braces: Scalloped 5/16′ in.

Back Material: Solid Pacific Big Leaf Flame Maple

Back Purfling: Fine Herringbone w/ 18 Style Black and White Fiber Strip

Side Material: Solid Pacific Big Leaf Flame Maple

Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid

Endpiece Inlay: B/W/B/W Pattern

Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone

Side Inlay: B/W/B/W Boltaron

Back Inlay: Multiple B/W Pattern

Neck Material: Select Hardwood

Neck Shape: Modified V

Nut Material: Bone

Headstock: Solid/Diamond/ SquareTaper

Headplate: Solid Black Ebony /Alternate Torch Pattern – Select Pearl

Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid with B/W/B/W Inlay

Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony

Scale Length:

# of Frets Clear: 14

# of Frets Total: 20

Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4 in.

Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4 in.

Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 45 Snowflake- Abalone/Bellezza Bianca In M.O.P. Between 19th & 20th Frets

Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid

Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss

Finish Top: White Polished Gloss

Finish Neck: White Polished Gloss

Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony

Bridge Style: Standard Belly

Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/4 in.

Saddle: 16 in. Radius/Compensated/Bone

Tuning Machines: Gotoh Silver Plated

Recommended Strings: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze

Bridge & End Pins: Ebony w/ Abalone Pearl Dots

Pickguard: Black

Case: 533EW Geib style

Interior Label: Special White Label Signed By CFM IV, Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Dick Boak (Edition Size Closed at 476)

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Product Description

A World Class Collaboration Between Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara
Imagine a guitar cooperatively conceived by a British musical icon and a Japanese trendsetter, built by America’s most respected guitar company and affectionately given an Italian name. Now stop imagining and start anticipating the new Martin Eric Clapton/Hiroshi Fujiwara Bellezza Nera, among the most stunning looking and sounding limited editions in Martin history.

Production was limited to only 476 Guitars!

A legendary musician and performer for more than 40 years, Eric Clapton needs no introduction. Hiroshi Fujiwara stands as one of modern Japan’s most important cultural figures, a visionary DJ responsible for creating and introducing cutting-edge “club” music and fashions to Tokyo in the 1990s. The two became friends while working together on music projects.

During one of Clapton’s visits to Japan, he and Fujiwara began envisioning a custom acoustic guitar that blended the best in design and sound. Over time, the ideas were fleshed out and, with Martin’s Dick Boak facilitating the project, C.F. Martin built 8 of these unique custom guitars. One can be seen on the cover of Clapton’s recent album dedicated to the music of blues great Robert Johnson, “Me & Mr. Johnson,” while another appears on the cover of Dick Boak’s recent book, “Martin Guitar Masterpieces.” The completed guitars were so breathtaking that Eric, Hiroshi and Martin agreed to collaborate on a limited edition version for the public.

Black with pearl inlays, both men’s initials (EC and HF) are inscribed near the bottom of the fretboard. Eight of these guitars were initially manufactured. In July 2004, Martin announced it would offer a limited edition of this guitar to the public beginning in January 2005. The guitars were designated 000-ECHF Bellezza Nera as named by Eric Clapton (from the Italian: “bellezza” meaning beautiful and “nera” meaning black). The only difference between the custom guitars and the guitars in the limited edition is that it has “Bellezza Nera” in pearl inlay rather than the two men’s initials. It was the fourth limited edition and the fifth in a suite of Eric Clapton signature models sold to the public by C.F. Martin & Company. A total of 476 guitars were produced.

Within the Bellezza Vera’s handsome appointments lies a tone monster, crafted in the Martin tradition. Premium Solid tonewoods are featured throughout. The top is solid Engelmann Spruce, revered for its rich, powerful tone. The back and sides are crafted from solid Pacific Big Leaf Flame Maple.