Martin D-28 12 string,  Serial No. 1279975,
Lot 11
A 2008 Martin D12-28, Serial No. 1279975,
Sold for US$ 70,760 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 2008 Martin D12-28,
Serial No. 1279975,
in natural finish, rosewood body, spruce top, mahogany neck, bound twenty fret ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, rosewood headstock facing, ebony pin bridge and black pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with green plush lining and an empty string envelope inscribed in an unknown hand in black felt pen OPEN 'G', D-G-D-G-B-D, capo@4th, F#-F


  • Eric Clapton acquired this guitar for his 2008 US Tour.

    The D12-28 was first introduced in 1973 as the first true 12-string version of the D-28 model with fourteen frets clear of the body, a solid headstock and using the same materials and construction as the D-28.

    Clapton played the song Motherless Child on this guitar tuned to Open G with a capo on the fourth fret. The guitar shows significant playing wear on the pickguard. Clapton's former guitar technician previously commented that it had been necessary to get Eric to use a lighter pick on this song as he strums his 12 string guitar so hard that he would otherwise shred the strings.

    Photo: Video footage of Eric Clapton using this guitar at a concert at the Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa Bay, Florida, 3 May 2008 has been uploaded on YouTube. Original video courtesy of Rebekah Garay: Screen capture by Saiichi Sugiyama
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