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The Maton M-Series features Sapele tops, backs and sides. Sapele is an African tonewood (sometimes known as African Mahogany) which has become popular as a substitute for the now endangered Honduran Mahogany. The two woods are nearly identical tonally and aesthetically. The neck is Fijian Mahogany and the bridge and fingerboard are Indian Rosewood.
These guitars are inspired by the classic roots music of bygone days and their sound evokes images of old time country singers and bluesmen riding the rods on their way to their next engagement. The M series are dressed appropriately too. Simple pinstripe rosette and inner bindings combine with a black outer binding to produce an understated classy finish. No frills but elegant, just like the music that inspired them. A bone nut and saddle provide the finishing touches for a brilliant vintage tone.
Under the hood the M series share the recent developments of Maton’s acoustic range. Scalloped bracing and careful thicknessing have resulted in a guitar with a rich, full tone, very Maton but with plenty of that brightness and compression associated with the best all Mahogany guitars.
- Face: SAPELE
- Face Inlay: HERINGBONE
- Back and Sides: SAPELE
- Cutaway: N/A
- Binding Inner: WHITE BLACK WHITE
- Binding Outer: BLACK
- Neck: MAHOGANY
- Headstock: ROSEWOOD VENEER NO KEYHOLE
- Fingerboard: ROSEWOOD
- Fingerboard inlays: 6MM MOP DOTS
- Nut: BONE
- Bridge: ROSEWOOD
- Paint: SATIN
- Decal: WHITE ACROSS TOP
- Pre-Amp: AP5 PRO
- End Pin: CHROME
- Scratch Plate: BLACK
- Machine Heads: CHROME GROVER
- Saddle: BONE
The Maton Story
The Maton name is a derivative of the words “May” and “Tone”.
Until the mid 1930s an Australian guitar manufacturing industry was virtually nonexistent. Good quality guitars were hard to find and at this time the best guitars came from the U.S.A. Bill May, a Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier decided to change all that.
During the early 1940s Bill established a custom guitar manufacturing and repair business known as “Maton Stringed Instruments and Repairs”. This enterprise was so successful that Bill was able to convince his older brother, Reg, to join him as a full time guitar maker and in March 1946 the “Maton Musical Instruments Company” was born.
Maton is still a 100% family owned Australian company, now operated by Linda & Neville Kitchen (Bill May's daughter and son in law). Showing great faith in the potential of the company, Bill opened up Australia's first major guitar making facility in Canterbury, Melbourne, in 1949. More than 300 different models were created at the Canterbury factory, a staggering testimony to the creativity of the Maton team from that era.
Maton called the Canterbury factory home for 40 years until it was time to upgrade to a more modern and spacious facility in Bayswater, Melbourne, in 1989.
After 12 years at the Bayswater factory it was time to relocate to an even larger facility in the inner Melbourne suburb of Box Hill, in an attempt to satisfy the overwhelming demand for the handcrafted instruments. The new purpose built facility is four times the size of the old factory in Bayswater. From this new factory the company will be able to meet its current demand and further develop international markets. The success of this Australian icon is largely due to the inspiration and creativity Bill May possessed and was able to reproduce in his instruments. Having established Maton as Australia’s longest running and most successful guitar manufacturer, and pioneering the use of many Australian wood species in guitar construction, Bill May is regarded by many Australian luthiers as the founding father of their industry.
Bill May’s importance to the history of Australian music was recently recognised at the Australian Music Association Awards where he was posthumously awarded their highest honour and inducted into the hall of fame.