Cooperatively conceived by Eric and his friend, Japanese artist Hiroshi Fujiwara, the MARTIN 000-ECHF, known as the Bellezza Nera - The Beautiful Black - first appeared on stage during the opening show of the European 2004 Tour. The Bellezza Nera is in the tradition of the 000-42EC Signature Edition with its elegant headplate ornamentation of Martin's elaborate "alternative torch" inlay in mother of pearl, originally created on one of the first Martin 00-45s in 1902. Fine pattern herringbone encircles the top and the fingerboard, while bold pattern herringbone bordered in white bisects the back, the rosette features a center ring of Martin's traditional small mother of pearl slotted square inlays which remains the fingerboard's Martin's Style 45 snowflake inlays.
Premium Solid tonewoods are featured throughout : the top is Italian alpine spruce, the back and sides are crafted from East Indian rosewood.
476 guitars were built in 2004. The Belleza Nera is an exceptional guitar for its quality a well as its unique polished black gloss finished body uncommon among Eric's acoustic guitars. A prototype, sold during the 2004 Christies Auction, has been built with a sober ornementaion, without the headplate torch and with diamond-shaped inlays on fingerboard.