This is the third of the four Martin prototypes built of the stunning, all-white auditorium acoustic guitar, which was designed by Clapton and Japanese artist Hiroshi Fujiwara. This particular prototype features a mother-of-pearl rosette and silver-plated tuners. The Bellezza Bianca model formed a pair with an all-black model, Bellezza Nero.
Clapton used both models for TV and stage appearances from August 2004 – around the time of the Robert Johnson tribute album release and corresponding film, Me And Mr Johnson. “It’s a very beautiful and unbelievably rare piece,” comments Saiichi, “and in totally immaculate condition. Eric is very gentle with his acoustics – apart from the 12-strings!”.