Eric Clapton’s Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Nera
During the 2003 Japan Tour, Eric used a custom-made guitar, designed as a collaboration between him and Hiroshi Fujiwara – a Japanese musician and designer. The model styled a completely clean black finish, snowflake inlays, and both men’s initials (EC and HF) were inscribed near the bottom of the fretboard.
Only eight of these guitars were initially manufactured, but around a year later, Martin released a production model based on the same design.
The Production Model
In July 2004, Martin announced a limited edition of this guitar. The guitar was officially named ‘000-ECHF Bellezza Nera’ (Bellezza meaning beautiful, and Nera meaning black). A total of 476 of these guitars were produced.
It is important to point out that there are differences between Eric’s original guitar, and these later models. The original had ‘EC & HF’ inlayed on the fretboard, instead of “Bellezza Nera” on the production models. Second, the original had the fingerboard shaped or radiused at the last fret to reveal the entire rosette without obstruction (the regular model has a squared fingerboard at the last fret). Third, the initial model had an entirely black label inside of the guitar which is signed by CF Martin, Eric, and Hiroshi in silver pen, while the later models have a black/white label signed by the same three plus Dick Boak in black pen.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly, according to the spec sheet of the first prototype ever made (thanks Steve for providing the info), the original model has an Adirondack Spruce top, compared to the Italian Alpine Spruce for the production model.
GroundGuitar counts on your criticism and feedback. In case you notice anything wrong with the information posted on this page, or you have knowledge of something that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.
If you notice a piece of gear missing, and you wanna add it yourself, you can do so on this page Add Gear to GroundGuitar.
In case you want to talk to me directly and privately, please use the Contact Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. (Dan)
question..how many years did it run for i can’t seem to find out as they range from 2004-2006,(was it just 1 run of 476)and the earlier ones are more expensive if so..thanks really helpful