Maton MS502 Mastersound Ultra Blue 2002
Maton MS502 Mastersound, deep blue, made in Melbourne Australia in 2002. The Mastersound is an original 1960s design Maton big man Bill May. They enjoyed a huge resurgence in the early 2000s, it seemed every band in Australia was dragging Mastersounds around the country for a while there. This one dates to the middle of that purple patch in 2002. The standard MS500 was a 24.5" scale, whereas this model is the Fender style 25.5" full scale. Combining the longer scale with a pair of humbuckers instead of single coils lends the warm, unassuming Mastersound tone a heap more mids and brightness, so this slices through a mix with a bit more enthusiasm and crunches up more readily. The deep blue finish lets the grain peep through when viewed up close; it's a classy and understated look that hits the cool 60s curves just right. The original case is very plush and a super handy bonus. Maton haven't been making these for a long time and don't look like starting soon, so nabbing a used one in a nice finish and condition is surely a tidy plan.
Model: Maton MS502 Mastersound
Made: Melbourne Australia, 2002 (serial 02053203)
Finish: transparent ultra blue gloss
Body: Queensland maple
Neck: queensland maple, rosewood fretboard, 12" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Maton MBN1/MBB1 original humbuckers, bridge is splittable
Case: original deluxe Maton hardcase
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, there's just some minor glossing from play and some minor dimples. The back has some light scuffs and surface scratches but no major marks. The sides are pretty clean, just some minor dimples near the jack. The front is lovely and clean, just some minor play scratches on and around the guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look almost great, very little wear, 8/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s.