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Any Maton love??

Bonedance

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My wife and I are on the last legs of a month stay in beautiful Melbourne. Several of my guitar playing friends here own Matons. I took a tour of the Maton facotry last week and was very impressed.

I've been lucky to have a very nice EM325C and an EGB808 to play while I'm here, so it's been nice to compare the two. As great a guitar as the EM325C is, I've fallen in love with the sweet, intimate tones of th EBG808. It is a stellar guitar. I can see why Tommy Emmanuel digs them.

I have a few nice acoustics myself,but would be more than pleased to add a Maton to the stable!
 

gkoelling

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Maton are very nice guitars. They're the Martin of Australia and Europe and have been popular there for years.

The problem I've seen with them in the states is pricing. It's been some time since I've looked at them but 4-5 years ago their entry-level model was laminate back & sides with a solid top and it cost as much as some all solid wood U.S. made guitars.
 

americanlow

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i was in the market for a maton when i was looking at new guitars, but after playing the em225 and martin dcx1e, i couldnt go past the martin. it played so much smoother and sounder nicer. They are nice guitars though
 

-davis-

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Personally, if in melbourne, value for money and quality would point me more towards cole clark than maton these days...
 

robelinda2

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until cole clark make a small body like the BG808 then i'll stick with Maton. I got me a custom shop 808, FABULOUS!!!!!!
 

Grant Ferstat

Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place...
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I sold Maton guitars in stores for 15 years and owned a '67 CW80 for quite a while.

In Australia they're a good value buy not surprisingly but I have to say that compared to their American competitors I find they're lacking in depth and dynamic range. They do play very well though-electric players tend to love them as they have fast slim necks and low actions. They have come up with some pretty respectable pickup systems.

Cole Clark haven't impressed me at all to this point.
 

Kalalau Hiker

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Is posting threads on guitars with no porn ALLOWED around here?

what kind if egg head place IS this?

PIX please! ;):rotflmao
 

SnidelyWhiplash

Silver Supporting Member
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I have a friend who swears by Maton. He owns at least four models.
Their p.u. systems sound awesome though his Genz-Benz Shannadoah.
 

PFCG

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my roomate has one, its a solid guitar, it sounds ok, looks kinda bland. Nothing to write home about, but a good guitar for the money. My breedlove totaly sent it packin.
 

Bonedance

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My old Larrivee is louder, punchier and perhaps a bit more balanced than the two Matons, but the Matons posses such a unique voice. Listen to Tommy Emmanuel and you can hear the intimate sweetness of these guitars. The top end is so nice.

Have not heard to Cole-Clarks yet, but some here are not sold on the Bunya (sp?) top. Can't say myself.

We had a nice acoustic jam yesterday with two EM325C's, the 808 ( my fav ) and a Tacoma Papoosee I brought over for one of the mates here. I'll tell ya what, there was no lack of volume when you jump on these things. They seem to hold well with little compression. The Papoose was cool too and blended well with the others.

Anyone ever try a Maton Mastertone electric? They certainly look like a cool guitar. I saw a video with Simon Hosford ( never heard of him ) playing one and it sure sounded good.
 

zombywoof

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I took my daughter to see the Wiggles last year and they were playing Maton guitars. Really fine looking guitars. And BTW, I had a blast. Have not seen that much dancing in the aisles since the Grateful Dead in '67.
 

Miles

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GREAT guitars. TOO expensive. I'll never shell out 3 grand for any guitar, but I would love a maton someday. It would be a dream come true.

By the way, I'm referring more to their electric line, not the acoustics
 




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