The Maton EA808 is part of Maton's homage Australian series! This series of guitars are made exclusively of Australian timbers! A Bunya Pine soundboard accompanied Australian Blackwood back & sides give out a powerful tone with a punchy mid-range and sweet high end!
The fretboard and bridge are Desert Acacia wood, and the comfortable "C" shape neck is solid Blackwood! Top it off with wood bindings and a simple finish, and you get a guitar that is refreshingly natural. It is hard to imagine guitars with more stunning appointments and features in the Maton lineup!
Constructed in a Maton's unique 808 size, the EA808 Australian is a powerhouse in voice as well as beauty. With Bunya Pine along the top and braces, each strum produces a rich, well-balanced sound ideal for bright, softer and harder playing styles. Bunya Pine carries a higher mid output than Sitka. The fretboard and bridge feature desert Acacia wood, helping create a more complex voice.
The Maton AP5-Pro Electronics
In its 5th generation, the AP5 Pro features an internal Microphone and 6-Piezo bridge input, with controls that allow for blending of both microphone and piezo levels prior to sending the actively combined signals through the well engineered pre-amp.
The highly selective cardioid microphone system allows for much greater microphone level before feedback in live environments. The upgraded AP5-Pro microphone is direct mounted to the pre-amp casing with an adjustable swing arm, which permits easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artist's playing style.
Controls are at your fingertips, and their 'resistance curves' have been specially designed and manufactured expressly for the AP5-Pro. As a result, the Bass, Treble and MID are now much more 'linear' in feel. The FQ (Mid Frequency Sweep) now goes down much lower and has a much wider frequency band ( 600Hz to 2.4kHz ) to give greater control when targeting your specific sound.
From Maton Guitars website, "This classic guitar features newly tuned, scalloped braced tops with more refined solid select grain Blackwood back and sides. The backs have been radiused to help create a greater tonal spectrum with focus on classic Maton earthy tones resulting in more bottom end response. The Necks have been upgraded to solid Blackwood timber and in keeping with the “Australian” theme, now have a Desert Acacia (Mulga) fingerboard and Bridge. Finally the Australian series now comes with the NEW Maton UV cured paint finish – a finer coat for a finer tone. A new MOP Australian Decal adorns this exciting new guitar. (Can be ordered with a Bunya Pine Top to be completely made from Australian Tone woods) The Australian Series is the culmination of over 50 years of building guitars from Australian timber. It showcases our indigenous timber at its best. Beautiful Blackwood back and sides combine with a premium quality Blackwood neck to produce a rich, well balanced tone. This uniquely Australian guitar sits right up there with the best the world has to offer."
Body Shape: 808
Back and Sides: "AA" Blackwood w/ Blackwood and Rock Maple Pinstripe Zipper
Fingerboard & Bridge: Desert Acacia
Bracing: Scalloped Maton X
Face Inlay/Rosette: Herringbone
Inner Binding: Herringbone
Outer Binding: Blackwood w/Maple Pinstripe
Scale Length: 64.77cm (25.5")
Headstock Veneer: Blackwood, Maple Pinstripe/Keyhole
Fretwire: Jescar FW43080
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
Nut Width: 44.1mm (1.736" - 1 47/64")
14th Fret: Width 55mm (2.165" - 2 11/64")
Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm Pearl Dots, "Australian” Mother Of Pearl Block Inlay on 17th Fret