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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

Picked up this today. Maton have pretty much stopped production of electrics so I figured I'd grab one while I still could.



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

That's lovely - well done.

atmo wrote:
Maton have pretty much stopped production of electrics so I figured I'd grab one while I still could.


Did not know this - do tell?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have never heard of Maton Embarassed but that looks ace.

What does the big "selector" knob do?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
Did not know this - do tell?


I'm unsure of the exact reason, but apparently they were having trouble meeting demand for acoustics, so they may have moved the builders to acoustic production.

On their website the only info is:

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PLEASE NOTE: The Josh Homme signature model (BB1200JH) is the only Maton electric guitar currently available. Stay tuned for exciting developments across the range of Maton electrics.




BearBoy wrote:
What does the big "selector" knob do?


That's the pickup selector. Just a rotary switch rather than a toggle.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

atmo wrote:
That's the pickup selector. Just a rotary switch rather than a toggle.


Ah, okay. Was intrigued by the position labelling: "cool", "hi-fi" etc.
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I'm just going to smash it in with a hammer and hope it works. Tone is all in the fingers anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

atmo wrote:
I'm unsure of the exact reason, but apparently they were having trouble meeting demand for acoustics, so they may have moved the builders to acoustic production.


*shakes fist at boring, boring acoustic guitars*
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
atmo wrote:
That's the pickup selector. Just a rotary switch rather than a toggle.

Ah, okay. Was intrigued by the position labelling: "cool", "hi-fi" etc.

From the DOD school of 'labelling things with bullshit'



The guitar looks ace, Atmo! Never quite gelled with the bodyshape and pickguard, but that all-black defo works the most for me so far.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice first heard of Maton through Mick Harvey (the Bad seeds) then Homme got one for the no one knows video... like the black guard on yours rather than the white one on Homme's
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea why they don't have a bigger foothold in the states.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jcyphe wrote:
No idea why they don't have a bigger foothold in the states.

The early Matons were an Australian brand, not really for export. There are a lot of local brands like that in different countries, for example U.K. brands like Grimshaw or Shergold.

The new ones are kind of a nostalgia thing like the newer Hagstroms.

Here's a bunch of old ones;
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the history they're known for making quality electrics and acoustics, I'm talking current production, but they don't really seem to have a large presence in the United States.

I wouldn't compare the new ones to Hagstroms. From what I understand the Maton guitars are still made in Australia with mostly woods sourced from that area and other countries in that area.

Atmo is your electric made in Australia or somewhere else?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are made in Australia, I don't think Maton have done any offshore production.

Their acoustics are really popular over here. At any size gig, if you see someone with an acoustic there's a good chance it'll be a Maton.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: NGD: Maton MS503 Classic Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
atmo wrote:
That's the pickup selector. Just a rotary switch rather than a toggle.


Ah, okay. Was intrigued by the position labelling: "cool", "hi-fi" etc.


Alright but what does that little slider switch do tho
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 seconds of Gooling:

Controls: Vol 1. (Bridge), Vol 2. (Neck), Tone 1. (Master), Coil Tap Switch

And I bet it's actually a coilsplit, and guitar companies don't even understand their own fucking terminology.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doog wrote:
10 seconds of Gooling


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lousy tinyass keyboard making me look like an IDIOT
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proper solid guitars, glad to hear you snatched up a keeper.

I admittedly first learned about Maton Guitars a decade or so ago indirectly while teaching kindergarten. These cheery fellows were somehow involved...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did work experience at maton a few months back and they've actually stopped production of all electrics which sucks because their 60s stuff was super post-modern and cool.. tho they haven't made these since the 60s soooooooo




Doog wrote:
And I bet it's actually a coilsplit, and guitar companies don't even understand their own fucking terminology.

i believe it's both actually! i think when it's in humbucker mode it's tapped at one point and when it's split it's tapped somewhere else so you don't get any volume drop
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