New Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara Guitar from C.F. Martin & Co

Debuting this week at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California will be a new Eric Clapton signature guitar from C.F. Martin & Company. Limited to 181 instruments, the OM-ECHF Navy Blues is the guitar maker's third collaboration with Eric Clapton and Japanese musician, producer and designer, Hiroshi Fujiwara. Unlike it's predecessors in the series - the Bellezza Nera (Black Beauty) and the Bellezza Bianca (White Beauty) - this OM incorporates the longer 25.4" scale for added string tension and tonal projection. The neck and body are lacquered and polished with a striking dark navy coloration combined with East Indian rosewood back and sides and a European spruce soundboard. Each OM-ECHF Navy Blues guitar bears an interior label that is individually numbered and personally signed by Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara, C.F. Martin IV and Dick Boak, the company's Director of Artist Relations.so

Since 1995, Eric Clapton has also collaborated with C.F. Martin & Company on several other instruments, most of which have been limited editions.

Find out more: http://www.martinguitar.com/new/item/3435-om-echf-navy-blues.html

C.F. Martin & Co. OM-ECHF Navy Blues Specifications
Construction: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
Body Size: 000-14 Fret

Top: European Spruce
Rosette: Two Ring - Small MOP Squares Set in Black Corian
Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 1/4''
Back Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Back Purfling: Fine Herringbone w/ Style 18 Black Fiber Strips
Side Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid
Endpiece Inlay: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Inlay Style: Fine Herringbone
Side Inlay: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Back Inlay: Black/White/Black Boltaron
Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany
Neck Shape: Modified V
Nut Material: Bone
Headstock: Solid/Diamond/Square Taper
Headplate: Solid Black Ebony
Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid w/ Black/White/Black Inlay
Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4''
Number Of Frets Clear: 14
Number Of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1-3/4''
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2-1/4''
Fingerboard Position Inlays: Style 45 Snowflake - Select Abalone
Fingerboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss - Dark Navy Blue
Finish Top: Polished Gloss - Dark Navy Blue
Finish Neck: Polished Gloss - Dark Navy Blue
Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony
Bridge Style: Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4''
Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/Bone
Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Small Buttons
Recommended Strings: Martin Clapton's Choice Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MEC12)
Bridge & End Pins: Black w/ Abalone Pearl Dots Pickguard: none
Case: 533E Geib Style
Interior Label: Blue label signed by CFM IV, Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara & Dick Boak
Electronics: Optional
Other Options: Available left-handed at no additional charge

List Price: $6,999.00 (U.S.)

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