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Martin 000-28 EC Sunburst


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The Martin 000-28 EC Sunburst is based on the guitar Eric Clapton chose for his famous and extremely influential MTV Unplugged performance.

On 16 January 1992, Eric Clapton performed for a small audience at Bray Film Studios in Windsor England. This iconic performance for the MTV Unplugged TV series would spawn an accompanying album that would become his best selling with 26 million copies worldwide. His guitar of choice was the Martin 000-28.

The MTV Unplugged performance had many effects on the popularity of this model, Eric Clapton’s career, and the Martin Guitar Company itself. At the time, interest in Martin guitars was dangerously low. Immediately after the performance aired – the next day –  demand skyrocketed and Martin was able to resume full production.   For Clapton, it marked a shift from electric blues and rock to acoustic material, and the album from the performance won six Grammy awards and became his best selling album.

While the Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Signature Model shares many of the same features as the standard 000-28, at Eric’s request it features a modified V neck profile and standard neck taper along with his inlaid signature at the end of the fretboard.

The classic pairing of Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood sides and back produces a rich well balanced tone and the scalloped x bracing pattern boosts bass response and volume.

Here’s the builder on the Martin 000-28 EC Sunburst:

“We based this model on Eric Clapton’s guitar of choice for his iconic MTV Unplugged performance. Constructed from East Indian rosewood with a 1935 Martin sunburst top, the visually stunning 000-28EC Sunburst produces a well-balanced tone.”

This model is also available in a natural finish as seen here. 

Specifications for the Martin 000-28 EC Sunburst:

  • 14 Fret 000 body size
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Standard X scalloped braces
  • Indian rosewood sides and back
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 1 3/4″ nut width
  • 24.9″ scale length
  • Modified V neck profile
  • Diamonds and Squares long pattern inlay
  • Aged toner top finish or sunburst
  • Gotoh nickle open geared tuners with Butterbean knobs
  • Geib style hardshell case

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Price: $5,669.00 CAD
  • Model: 000-28 EC
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 11/02/2011

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 24.9in 632.46mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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