Martin introduces new Eric Clapton signature guitar

The 000-28EC Crossroads Madagascar: a tasty piece of timber
The 000-28EC Crossroads Madagascar: a tasty piece of timber

Martin has unveiled a new Eric Clapton signature acoustic, the 000-28EC Crossroads Madagascar.

Limited to 150 instruments and five left-hand models, the Martin Custom Shop-built guitars feature the sort of specs we've come to expect from a Clapton signature, including tone woods such as Madagascar Rosewood sourced from Martin's special reserve, a 'Crossroads' pearl headstock inlay and 14 fret neck, 000 body size and 24" scale.

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"It's been my experience that the proper guitars, like those in this Collection, are just made for playing - the motive behind the making of the guitar is 100% right," says Clapton. "They are beautiful guitars; from the inlays to the rosewood they are unique from one another. One would be inclined to take care of and be in awe of them."

The 000-28EC Crossroads Madagascar is scheduled for delivery in the UK this summer and can be pre-ordered through Martin Heritage Centres (find your nearest centre here).

The guitar ships with a signature case, leather strap and signed certificate of authenticity, as well as a hefty price tag - the 000-28EC has a UK SRP of £5299. However, a large chunk of that money will be donated to Clapton's Crossroads centre, which takes the sting off it a bit.

For more information, visit the official Martin website.