Maton EA80C 'Australian' Dreadnought Acoustic/Electric 2008
Maton EA80C 'Australian' model, made in Melbourne 2008. This model is one of Maton's flagship options, alongside other classics like the Messiah and the Tommy Emmanuel model. It really is a brilliant representation of just how good Maton guitars can be; it's extremely convincing. The solid blackwood back and sides are stunning; there's some really beautiful colour and pattern on show. They lend the guitar a full and defined midrange that's wonderfully articulate and sensitive. The solid spruce top is tightly grained and beautifully yellowed with age; it offers crispy clear highs and round, tuneful lows and is ringing all the more truly for a few years of play on the clock. The AP5 pickup system is trusted and relied upon by a laughably high percentage gigging acoustic players around the nation, and it delivers the natural, warm plugged-in sound, exactly as you expect. The near-invincible Hiscox case is a superb addition; they're possibly the best cases around anywhere. This is a uniquely Australian take on the deluxe dreadnought, and it's surely a worthy lifetime companion for a busy player.
Model: Maton EA80C 'Australian'
Made: Melbourne Australia, May 2008 (serial 1626)
Finish: gloss natural
Body: solid spruce top, solid blackwood back and sides
Neck: Queensland maple, rosewood fingerboard
Pickup: Maton AP5 system
Case: original Maton/Hiscox 'Liteflite' case, exceptional quality good condition
Cosmetic condition notes: Light finish wear. There's three noticeable nicks in the top; one near the pickguard, one near the side around from the jack, and one an inch from the edge not far from the strap pin. The back has a little chip on the edge of the binding at the bottom, and a couple of nearby scratches and there's some wear to the lacquer on the back of the neck. There's some other very minor dimples, but really it's in nice shape. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Low action, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 12/53 strings. Smooth!