The 000-42 was introduced in 1938 and Martin only built 112 of them until the model was dropped from the catalog in 1943 due to World War II. The 000-42 languished in relative obscurity until 1992 when Eric Clapton used a 1939 example on his MTV Unplugged and made it one of the most sought after models that Martin ever built. This new edition does an excellent job of capturing the look, sound and feel of the original. The new 000-42 is crafted with East Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top with scalloped X-braces and a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint. The top is bound with abalone for an elegant yet ornate appearance. The 000-42 has a short, 24.9” string scale with a modified low-oval neck shape with a narrow taper, which makes for a comfortable playing experience.