It takes a great guitar to meet the demands of such a great player. Designed in conjunction with guitar great Tommy Emmanuel, the TE series guitars are an outstanding tribute to Tommy's musicianship and Maton's superior craftsmanship. Built to Tommys specifications, the TE series provides the huge tone and performance you would expect from a guitar bearing the name.
Tommy looks for a guitar with superb tone, capable of the most delicate expression as well as the most ferocious attack. The neck must stay true regardless of the rigours of international travel and the guitar needs to perform at its peak, from Rome, to Nashville, to Sydney!
Our Tommy Emmanuel models feature a Mother of Pearl block inlay on the 12th Fret, engraved with "C.G.P." The acronym stands for "Certified Guitar Player," a title bestowed on Tommy by Chet Atkins and held by only 3 other guitarists in the world - John Knowles, Jerry Reed and Steve Warriner.
This is the real guitar used by Tommy Emmanuel. Produced by Maton Custom Shop with the same specs, materials and tecniques of the original used by Tommy Emmanuel.
This model is called the TE personal and its back and sides are made of a stunning quilted Queendsland Maple and a fantastic "AAA" Sitka Spruce top.
The tone is so much warmer and defined compared to the already amazing EBG808TE, and it really seems to play like Tommy himself when you play this amazing guitar.
Originally used as a Mahogany "substitute", Queensland Maple has become the backbone of the Maton sound. It is used in nearly every Maton either as a neck, back & sides, or internal component. A rainforest hardwood from Northern Queensland, this timber is light, strong, and visually striking. Queensland Maple 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 AP5 Pro now features Separate Microphone and Piezo input controls allow for blending of both microphone and piezo levels prior to sending the actively combined signals through to the tone circuits and master volume. Highly selective cardioid microphone system allows for much greater microphone level before feedback in live environments. This newly upgraded microphone is direct mounted to the preamp casing via an adjustable arm, which permits easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artists style.
What we know...
The TE model is the most popular model in our store for a reason. While the guitar is comfortable and loud for its small size, we know the AP5 Pro combination makes this guitar superb for any live performance.
Why it matters...
Because we know it works. This guitar has stood the test of time on the road in Tommy's hands. It might go down in history as the most iconic Maton model ever produced.
What to expect!
The ideal performing machine - on, and off the road.
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