Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca 175th Anniversary Signed by Eric Clapton! In the summer of 2004, C. F. Martin introduced the Bellezza Nera, a spectacular black 000 guitar with silver accents collaboratively designed by British guitar legend Eric Clapton and Japanese fashion and music trendsetter Hiroshi Fujiwara. It proved to be a huge hit: a total of 476 of these visually and sonically inspired guitars were produced, among the most popular limited editions in Martin history.
Clapton and Fujiwara have finished work on their next guitar collaboration for Martin; a sister instrument to the Bellezza Nera, but in creamy white, with a touch of black and pearl for dramatic effect. As beautiful as its predecessor in appearance and tone, this stunning 000 guitar could only be called Bellezza Bianca (“White Beauty”).
The two-some opted for a unique combination of solid tone-woods to give the new model a sound as distinctive as its look. The Bellezza Bianca features a top crafted from bookmatched Engelmann spruce, treasured by players and guitar builders alike for its clear, full tone and outstanding balance. Scalloped 5/16″ top braces enhance the top’s dynamic range. Big leaf flamed maple back and sides contribute bright timbre and impressive projection. The 1-3/4” (at the nut) modified V-shape neck with diamond volute is carved from genuine mahogany.
Polished gloss white finish on the body and neck provide the perfect “canvas” for Bellezza Bianca’s striking appointments. The distinctive rosette of “slotted diamonds” inlaid on a black background first seen on Bellezza Nera looks even better on Bellezza Bianca. Fine pattern herringbone purfling encircles the top and divides the back. Cream colored grained ivoroid binding trims the top, back and side edges, with fine black/white/black line purfling accenting the back and sides. The grained ivoroid endpiece is likewise accented with black/white/black inlay. A beveled and polished black pickguard continues the black and white theme.
Like the Bellezza Nera, Bellezza Bianca’s bound and polished black African ebony headplate showcases the “alternative torch” inlay – a design created for one of the first Martin 00-45s in 1902 – in vibrant abalone pearl and special sterling silver-plated mini tuners with sterling silver-plated buttons. The bound black African ebony fingerboard, highlighted by mitered black/white line inlay, bears Martin Style 45 snowflake position markers from the 1st to the 17th fret, and “Bellezza Bianca” in script between the 19th and 20th frets.
To assure superb tone, Bellezza Bianca is fitted with a bone nut and compensated bone saddle. Carved from black African ebony, the belly bridge comes equipped with black ebony bridge pins inlaid with abalone pearl dots. Fitting for such a unique white guitar, each Bellezza Bianca is delivered in a distinctive white Geib style case with white plush lining and features a special white interior label signed by Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Martin Artist Relations head Dick Boak and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV. MINTY Condition with just a super light blemish on the back of the headstock, a bit of minor buckle wear and a couple minor dimples, easy 9.5/10! ALL Original. NO Breaks, Cracks or Repairs! Includes an Original Hard-Shell Case!
MODEL – 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca
CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Joint
BODY SIZE: 000-14 Fret
TOP: Solid Engelmann Spruce
ROSETTE: Custom Design w/ White Fiber Inlay Borders on Both Rings
TOP BRACING PATTERN: 000 14-Fret
TOP BRACES: Scalloped 5/16”
BACK MATERIAL: Solid Pacific Big Leaf Flame Maple
BACK PURFLING: Fine Herringbone w/ 18 Style Black and White Fiber Strip
SIDE MATERIAL: Solid Pacific Big Leaf Flame Maple
ENDPIECE: Grained Ivoroid
ENDPIECE INLAY: B/W/B/W Pattern
BINDING: Grained Ivoroid
TOP INLAY STYLE: Fine Herringbone
SIDE INLAY: B/W/B/W Boltaron®
BACK INLAY: Multiple B/W Pattern
NECK MATERIAL: Select Hardwood
NECK SHAPE: Modified V
NUT MATERIAL: Bone
HEADPLATE: Solid Black Ebony /Alternate Torch Pattern – Select Pearl
HEELCAP: Grained Ivoroid w ith B/W/B/W Inlay
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
SCALE LENGTH: 24.9″
# OF FRETS CLEAR: 14
# OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 3/4”
FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 2 1/4”
FINGERBOARD POSITION INLAYS: Black Boltaron
FINGERBOARD BINDING: Grained Ivoroid/Mitered
FINISH BACK & SIDES: Polished Gloss
FINISH TOP: White Polished Gloss
FINISH NECK: White Polished Gloss
BRIDGE MATERIAL: Solid Black Ebony
BRIDGE STYLE: Standard Belly
BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 2 1/4”
SADDLE: 16” Radius/Compensated/Bone
TUNING MACHINES: Gotoh Silver Plated
RECOMMENDED STRINGS: Martin MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
BRIDGE & END PINS: Ebony w/ Abalone Pearl Dots
CASE: 533EW Hard Shell
INTERIOR LABEL: Special White Label Signed By CFM IV, Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Dick Boak
.868” at the 1st fret
Nut Width: 1 3/4”
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