In 2013, C.F. Martin Guitars and Eric Clapton commissioned a limited edition of two of the finest and most desirable Martin instruments ever made. Hand crafted to Eric Clapton’s personal specification by the C.F. Martin Custom Shop based on the legendary 14 fret 000-45 body style first introduced in 1934, these exquisite guitars are uniquely appointed with “Crossroads” pearl inlays and bear the personal, hand-written signatures of Clapton and Chris Martin on the Certificate Of Authenticity and sound hole label.
Only 30 of this model were offered in the US, with another 25 made available to international buyers at USD$13,000. A smaller limited edition run of this same model was also offered in Brazilian rosewood for USD$50,000. Martin used premium Adirondack top and Madagascar back and sides for this exclusive build. Adirondack is also used for its top bracing and except for the "Crossroads" logo inlaid in each bridge tip, this model is straight mid-1930s 000-45 all the way.
This guitar is exceptionally loud for an orchestra model (OM) due to the perfect combination of woods and bracing. The Adirondack spruce gives the guitar plenty of headroom and clarity while Madagascar rosewood adds a broad dynamic range and lots of sweetness in overtones to the overall sound of the guitar. One will certainly not be disappointed by this build which is easily one of the finest Martin OM produced by C. F. Martin.
This consigned guitar is in immaculate condition and is as good as new. The hardcopy certificate is missing but should not affect the resale value of this guitar with C.F. Martin and Eric Clapton's signature still on the label. This guitar is expected to appreciate in value in time and is certainly be a treat both aesthetically and tonally.
Martin 000-45EC Eric Clapton Crossroads in Adirondack spruce and Madagascar rosewood.
Ivoroid binding and abalone purfling over an Adirondack spruce top.
Adirondack spruce top tastefully decorated with premium abalone.
Style-45 fingerboard inlays and Eric Clapton signature in pearl etched into an ebony fingerboard.
Intricate triple-ring abalone rosette accentuated with a tortoise pickguard.
Interior label hand-signed by C.F. Martin IV and Eric Clapton limited to 55 pieces worldwide.
Custom "Crossroads" logo on ebony bridge complete with bone saddle and bridge pins with pearl dots.
Bookmatched Madagascar rosewood sides framed in premium abalone purfling.
Genuine mahogany neck with premium abalone purfling lining across the entire neck joint.
A gorgeous set of Madagascar rosewood framed in abalone purfling and ivoroid binding.
Madagascar rosewood headstock face plate with classic Martin & Co. logo in premium abalone.
Open-back gold Martin tuners.
Custom Shop Martin hardcase with plush interior.
Custom "Crossroads guitar festival" guitar cover.
Front view of Martin 000-45EC Eric Clapton Crossroads guitar.
Back view of Martin 000-45EC Eric Clapton Crossroads guitar.
Model : 000-45EC Madagascar Crossroads
Top : Adirondack spruce
Back and sides : Madagascar rosewood
Body purfling : Premium abalone
Frets to body : 14
Nut width : 1 3/4"
Scale length : 24.9"
Bridge material : Ebony
Bridge inlay : Crossroads logo
Fretboard Material : Ebony
Neck material : Mahogany
Total frets : 20
Bracing : scalloped X, Golden Era Adirondack
Electronics : None
Binding : Ivoroid
Inlay : Style 45
Finish : Nitro lacquer
Tuners : Gold Waverly
Case : Martin Custom Shop Hardshell Case
Retail Price: SGD$15800