Michael Fix and Maton have designed a guitar to compliment his playing style. The combination of a “AAA” Sitka Spruce soundboard, Ebony fingerboard, Ebony bridge and solid Queensland Maple back, sides and neck produces a tone that is rich, full, well balanced and with the glassy highs essential to the Maton EBG and Michael’s tone.
A rain forest hardwood from Northern Queensland, this timber is light, strong, and visually striking. Queensland Maple, while originally used as a Mahogany "substitute", is extremely well balanced with an even response across all frequencies. If you are looking for the secret to Maton's great tone, this is a good place to start.
The proprietary Maton "808" body shape is similar, though slightly smaller that the US OM Model. However, the body depth of the 808 is substantially deeper at 4-7/8". This is significant, as moving the top and back further apart enhances the bass element within the tonal character of the voicing (bracing technique), complimenting the different wood combinations.
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. This upgraded AP5-Pro microphone is direct mounted to the pre-amp casing with an adjustable arm, which permits easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artist's playing style.
Using the ‘Sweep-able Mid’ controls. Mid-range is sweep-able from 600Hz to 2.4kHz and can be cut or boosted within this range. As a general rule we start out with all settings ‘flat’ then alter them to achieve the desired tone & presence based on the venue or recording environment. For example, an open, natural sound can be achieved by setting the frequency control at 1.4khz and the boost/cut control at 5db. Alternatively, for a ‘thick’ lead sound boost your Mid's by 5db and set the frequency dial at 1.7kh.
Model: EBG-808-C Mic Fix
Body Shape: 808 W/Cutaway
Face: "AAA" Grade Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides: Queensland Maple
Neck: SelectQueensland Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge: Ebony
Bracing: Scalloped Maton X
Face Inlay/Rosette: Herringbone
Sound hole: 95mm
Inner Binding: Triple Pinstripe
Outer Binding: Blackwood
Scale Length: 64.77cm (25.5")
Headstock Veneer: Keyhole w/ 2mm Blackwood Veneer, Mother of Pearl Logo