Of the pearl inlayed guitars made by C.F. Martin, the OOO-42 is without a doubt one of the rarest (between the years 1932 and 1943, 114 of these guitars were made by the Martin Company). In 1940, only twelve were produced. The OOO body size and 24.9 inch string length are attributes that make this guitar excel for the finger style guitarist.
Eric Clapton was a frequent player of C.F. Martin’s OOO-42, a small-bodied acoustic guitar. He owned two examples from 1939 - one was reserved for performance and the other for his personal playing at home. Clapton used his OOO-42 for much of his 1992 Unplugged album recording for MTV, a highly visible role that solidifies this guitar’s important place in music history.