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C.F. Martin & Co. is celebrating a landmark milestone with their 175th anniversary! Last year, Martin unveiled a new booth accommodating intimate acoustic performances by Martin artists at the Winter NAMM show. Expect more artists, booth demonstrations and new guitars than ever before.

Be sure to stop by and check out all the new Martin Guitars models to be introduced at the 2008 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA

000-42M ERIC CLAPTON LIMITED EDITION (250 total)
Since the original 000-42EC Eric Clapton Signature Edition was introduced in 1995, Clapton has explored the sonic subtleties of various tonewood combinations in the 000 Martin guitars that bear his name, but the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition may well boast the most exciting tonewood combination yet. The top is Carpathian spruce, which blends the power and clarity of Adirondack spruce, and the warmth and responsiveness of Italian alpine spruce. The back and sides are Madagascar rosewood, prized for its uncanny resemblance in both appearance and rich resonance to the now-endangered Brazilian rosewood.

Reminiscent of the Brazilian rosewood 000-42ECB Eric Clapton Signature Edition Martin produced in 2000, the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition features spectacular abalone pearl appointments throughout. In the tradition of classic Martins from the early 1930s and before, the back of the headstock bears the historic "C.F. Martin" pressure stamp. The ebony fingerboard showcases Style 45 abalone pearl snowflake inlays with Eric Clapton's signature inlaid in mother of pearl between the 19th and 20th frets.

Each 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition bears an interior label personally signed by Eric Clapton and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV, and individually numbered in sequence with the edition total. The guitars are delivered in with a deluxe Geibâ„¢ style five-ply hardshell case: left-handed instruments may be ordered at no additional charge. Authorized C.F. Martin dealers will begin taking orders immediately for the 000-42M Eric Clapton Limited Edition, which is limited to no more than 250 special guitars.

A list of participating dealers will be posted on the Martin website,

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