Right, to the main point. On my way home today I dropped into a guitar store and played the 000-28ec (the eric clapton model). I'd never played it before and just assumed it to be very similar to the 000-28 but with a cool name on it. I admit now I was hugely mistaken, as for whatever reason it is even better than the 000-28 - It was just as comfortable and easy to play, plus the projection and feel of the thing (not sure how I can explain that one) felt better (I imagine that may be down to the scalloped bracing, though not being an expert I wouldn't be certain).
Anyway, I loved everything about it, but still am not a fan of having someone else's signature on my guitar, even if it is from a legend. So I remembered a little while ago hearing about the 000-28H and after a bit of reading, and please correct me if I'm wrong, found out that it's very similar, just without the signature and the neck is slightly different (not sure how). So I was considering at some point maybe ordering one, two I found are in the States, unfortunately it seems that they aren't stocked in the UK.
One from Elderly at http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/00028H.htm, and then I found another, which I think has a different top (and for whatever reason is cheaper!) at http://www.myfavoriteguitars.com/product.php?productid=16993, which I must say actually looks quite nice too. Though one dilemma would be that I would have to order it blind, as it were, basing any opinions pretty much on the EC model.
(And apologies if I'm not allowed to post links, I'll remove them if it's a problem.)
If I did go for it, I'd be selling my D41 and a guild GAD M20 to largely cover the costs of it - leaving me with my only other guitar, a Martin OM-21 special (my getting buried with it guitar, taking it to heaven guitar etc.) which I'm immensely fond of. I was slightly concerned whether the 000-28H would be too similar or not? Has anyone got any experience on both of these? Would the 000-28H be worth it as an additional guitar?
Finally, if I did go for it, I'd consider picking it up in America and risking it on a plane journey (granted though I've heard the horror stories and would think twice about that), as I'm in Washington DC in July, but don't think any shops there have it, or would consider ordering it into the UK (and paying the customs etc.) Has anyone any experience of this? Is it pricey?