We're delighted to offer for sale Eric Clapton’s Martin J-40 BK #538170 sold in the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Auction at Christies New York to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua.

The 2004 Crossroads Auction was a sequel event to the highly successful 1999 Crossroads Auction. A total of 88 lots were offered with Eric describing the guitars offered here as the A-Team and “the instruments I kept back from the first sale that I just couldn’t bear part with the first time.” Of this 1994 Martin J-40, Lee Dickson, Eric’s guitar tech since 1979 recalled  “We were looking through a Martin catalogue once at rehearsals, and we thought let's try one of these, a black one...It was a standard production model that they happened to do in black. It had the same sort of neck markings as the F7. We just bought it as an experiment, and used it in the studio on a couple of things...This was one of the ones that I brought into the studio, when I was doing that thing of bringing half a dozen in every day... at your last recording [Me And Mr. Johnson].”

The Martin J-40 is, as Martin Guitars models go, a relatively new model to the line up. Introduced in 1985 as the J-40M it was Martin Guitars first Jumbo model. By 1990 the M had been dropped and a black (BK) finish was offered as well as the standard Natural. The model features a 16” wide Jumbo body with Sitka Spruce top, East Indian Rosewood back and sides with an Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Style 41 hexagonal fingerboard inlays and Gold tuners add to the aesthetics of this sleek and tidily appointed guitar.


The guitar is being offered for sale for the first time since the auction, and has been used sparingly. It is in excellent preserved condition and comes with its original Martin Guitars hardcase with adhesive tape inscribed by Lee Dickson - Auction #36/Black Martin J-40/#538170 and Eric Clapton Signed Auction Catalog.