Maton’s 70th anniversary of building guitars in Australia marks a significant date for the company that is now recognised around the world with a long list of players and endorsers from all corners of the globe. From small beginnings with Bill May as a manufacturer and repairer through to now, running a world class factory that employs over 60 staff and expanding their line of guitars, basses and ukuleles, the Maton brand is an iconic part of the Australian guitar landscape. How fitting then to celebrate this milestone with a series of guitars utilising features both old and new.
WHAT’S THE GLOSS?
Popularised by players such as Tommy Emmanuel, the Maton Dreadnaught is one of the most recognisable of their line, and this particular 70th anniversary model keeps plenty of that classic build in place. The full bodied dreadnaught is constructed with a sitka spruce top and Victorian blackwood neck, back and sides. Interestingly, Maton have gone for the combination of gloss just for the top and satin on the rest of the body. Indian rosewood is the timber of choice for the fretboard and as with the majority of their new models the guitar comes equipped with an AP5 Pro pickup system. Overall this 70th anniversary model is classy and clean with the gloss top and headstock adding some sheen whilst the satin back and sides and dark rosette add a rootsy and raw feel.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABY...
So the guitar looks a treat, but how does it sound? There’s plenty of body and volume making the guitar a good choice for strummers and at pickers. The top seems to resonate nicely so you can really dig in if you need to also. I liked the neck shape and pro le and the cutaway lets you push right up past the 12th fret with ease. It’s a full bodied guitar that can handle quite a range of styles and the AP5 Pro does a ne job of translating the guitar’s fundamental tone when plugged in.
I like that Maton have stayed true to one of their favourite designs and just thrown in a few twists to spice things up. The workmanship is top notch with the thought and design evident in the classy looks and clean build. As a player it’s a strong and clear instrument that can sit in a range of styles and settings. The gloss top satin back and sides combination is fresh for Maton and seems to really work with this guitar. For those of you after a dreadnaught with a little something extra than the standard model this 70th anniversary model could well be the ticket.
Hits and Misses
Distinct limited edition guitar
Looks and feel
For some, it may not be different enough from the rest of the line for an anniversary model guitar
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Soundboard: AAA Grade Spruce
Back and Sides: Blackwood
Outer Binding: Rosewood
Inner Binding: Herringbone
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Machine Heads: Gold Grover