Maton Electro Acoustics

The electro acoustic that also sounds amplified like an acoustic guitar
There is truly nothing like a Maton guitar. Their dedication to keeping it old school and handcrafting their instruments using Australian sourced woods is what gives them their character – made with passion and soul. Their story really is an inspiring one, and just makes you want to pick up a Maton and play it.

Why we sell Maton

At KGS, we only carry brands we truly believe in. Here are the some of the key reasons we sell Maton Guitars:

  • Best electro acoustic guitar on the planet. Period. The Maton AP5-PRO pickup and the solid build construction will make your acoustic sound like an acoustic when amplified. This is the ultimate on stage guitar.
  • Great playability due to fairly slim necks, 12 “ radius and the satin finish on the neck.
  • Great rugged Australian looks. Using Australian woods such as Queensland maple and Tasmanian Blackwood these guitars look the outback part

There is truly nothing like a Maton guitar. Their dedication to keeping it old school and handcrafting their instruments using Australian sourced woods is what gives them their character – made with passion and soul. Their story really is an inspiring one, and just makes you want to pick up a Maton and play it.

The New Vintage Guitars

Why Maton is “the boss” on stage.

Maton’s are known for their superior amplified sound. Why do Maton’s sound so much better than almost all other acoustic guitars? A question that interests Baas Kauffmann immensely. We will write more about it soon. But in short, there are two reasons why Maton’s win on the podium. They are somewhat ‘overbuilt’ and they have a genius pickup system.

Maton 808 Series

Maton’s most famous ambassador is undoubtedly Tommy Emmanuel. His energetic personality and blistering virtuosity inspire countless guitarists. His signature Maton 808 is therefore the best-selling Maton. But there are also other and more affordable 808s.

About Maton Guitars

Hailing from Australia, Maton Guitars was started out of a small backyard workshop by Bill May in the 1940s. Still following the late founder’s vision for making handcrafted instruments at an affordable price, Maton Guitars has firmly established itself as one of Australia’s favourite and most successful guitar brands. Bill’s philosophy “if you make a good guitar, the right guitar, people will want it”, still rings true today, as it continues to gain acceptance on the world stage as an instrument of the highest quality. On a national level, Mation Guitars has been played by notable musicians such as John Williamson, The Finn Brothers, Paul Kelly, Tommy Emmanuel (who bought his first Maton, an MS500 model in 1959), The Seekers, George Golla and Colin Hay, all of which played a role in spreading the word, and helping the company expand its turnover. The brand’s international notoriety is in part thanks to performers such as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Creedence Clearwater’s John Fogerty, and even the late Beatle George Harrison.

Today, Maton Guitars employs over 70 people and remains 100 percent family owned and operated. Bill May built the brand with his love and passion for guitar building, and even after his passing in 1993 it continues to live on through Maton’s current staff members who embrace the high standards of quality on which the company was founded. One of these principles, which contributed to Maton Guitars being in a class of their own, was Bill’s interest in experimenting with Australian timbers.

Following several years of explosive demand for Maton Guitars, the company moved to its current manufacturing premises in 2003. Located in Clarice Road, Box Hill, the company invested into a state of the art factory that would help Maton Guitars boost guitar production while ensuring that their internationally recognised standard of quality was retained. Now operated by Bill May’s daughter Linda and her husband Neville Kitchen, the Maton team continues to raise the bar when it comes to production standards. Their adaptation and integration of locally designed computer programs and high technology into their production process have enabled workers to save time and focus on what they do best – make quality guitars in a safe, climate-controlled environment.

It is worth mentioning that everyone who works on the Maton Guitars factory floor plays guitar, which we believe is reflected in their passion and attention to detail when crafting instruments that they themselves would want to play.

Ethics & Sustainability

When looking at their dedicated sustainability page, it really becomes apparent that Maton Guitars has a deep respect for the natural timber resources used in the production of their instruments, and the sustainable management of all wood species used by the guitar industry. Today, a Maton Guitar embodies two fundamental pillars of sustainability: taking into consideration and responding to resource availability, as well as the optimisation of resource use efficiency.

The brand puts these claims into practice via their pioneering use of local Australian tonewoods as an alternative to timbers which are difficult and expensive to source for North America and other parts of the world. Using locally grown and sourced Blackwood, Bunya timbers, and Queensland Maple gives them not only a competitive edge when it comes to price, but also enables them to significantly reduce the distance their tonewoods have to travel before being used for manufacturing. Maton Guitars continues to invest in the research and development of other alternative tone woods, especially for fingerboards, faces, and bridges.

A transparent overview and extensive breakdown of where Maton Guitars sources their materials, the labor standards they employ and uphold, as well as the certifications and awards received for their sustainability efforts can be found on the sustainability section of their website.

REVIEWS EN DEMO’S

MATON UNPLUGGED 

Tash Sultana laat ons even zien wat er een 12 string gitaar te halen is. En laat ons ook even horen dat een Maton ook onversterkt een zeer respectabele gitaar is.

SLASH EN MATON? OH YES!

Maton is zeker niet alleen voor fingerpickers alla Tommy Emmanuel. Slash en Miles Kennedy spelen GNR song Civil War. Maton plugged in!

MATON SRS 808 REVIEW

De 808 serie is Maton’s bekendste gitaar. Met de SRS serie is er nu ook een zeer betaalbare 808. Wij testen zelf de SRS in de winkel en kwamen als snel tot de conclusie dat die niet onder doet voor zijn duurdere broertjes.

MATON FACTORY TOUR

Bij Melbourne bouwen 70 trotste Australiërs hun Maton gitaren. Een kijkje achter de schermen.

ERIC JOHNSON ACOUSTIC RIG RUNDOWN

Premier Guitar praat met Eric Johnson over zijn akoetsische podium ste-up. Maton en AER zijn de basis bestanddelen.

HET GEHEIM VAN MATON AP5 PRO PICK_UP

Ian Robinson is de man achter het AP5 Pro pick-up systeem. Hij legt uit welke verbeteringen Maton heeft doorgevoerd. Disclaimer: veel tech-talk.

TASH SULTANA ON THE MATON SOUND

Tash Sultana speelde haar weg naar boven van straatmuzikant in Sydney tot haar huidige wereldtoernee. Ze is vooral bekend vanwege haar eigenzinnige loop-songwriting stijl. met dank aan the Acoustic Vault. 

REVIEW MATON 808C  MICHAEL FIX SIGNATURE

Adam Rafferty demonstreert het signature 808 model van Micheal Fix. En waarom Maton zijn keuze voor versterkt akoestisch gitaarspel.

TOMMY EMMANUEL OVER ZIJN MATON SOUND

Voor zijn concert in Berlijn vind TE even de tijd om te praten over zijn Maton sound.